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2020 AWARDEES

This year, AVS honors the following awardees:

MEDARD W. WELCH AWARD

Mark Hersam, Northwestern University, “For pioneering contributions to the synthesis, surface science, chemical functionalization, and application of low-dimensional nanoelectronic materials”
 

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding research in the fields of interest to AVS. The award consists of a cash award, a medal, a plaque, and an honorary lectureship at a regular session of the International Symposium.

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GAEDE-LANGMUIR AWARD

David Ruzic, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “For the invention and commercialization of physical vapor deposition magnetrons and power supplies specifically for high-power impulse magnetron sputtering”

This award recognizes and encourages outstanding discoveries and inventions in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS.  The award is conferred biennially as a suitable candidate may be identified. The award consists of a cash award, a plaque, and an honorary lectureship at a regular session of the International Symposium.

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PETER MARK MEMORIAL AWARD

Rehan Kapadia, University of Southern California, “For pioneering work in hot-electron emission and electrochemical devices”
 
This award recognizes outstanding theoretical or experimental work by a young scientist or engineer. The award consists of a cash award, a plaque, and an honorary lectureship at a regular session of the International Symposium. 

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GEORGE HANYO AWARD

Marilyne Sousa, IBM Research Zurich, “For establishing the first online utilization of a TEM platform infrastructure across the Atlantic, thereby enabling a first-of-its kind online sharing of large research infrastructure”
 
This award recognizes outstanding performance in technical support of research and development.  The award consists of a cash award and a plaque setting forth the reasons for the award. 

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2020 AVS FELLOWS

AVS Fellows are Platinum Members who have made sustained and outstanding technical contributions in areas of interest to AVS.
Sumit Agarwal, Colorado School of Mines, “For outstanding contributions in the areas of plasma-assisted materials growth and atomic scale processing, and for revealing fundamental surface processes using in situ surface and plasma diagnostics”




 
Kateryna Artyushkova, Physical Electronics “For pioneering contributions to the development of multimodal analysis methods, their application for development of advanced polymeric, catalytic and energy materials and for service to the applied surface science community”



 
Marcela Bilek, The University of Sydney, Australia “For contributions to the science and technology of plasma processes for materials modification and synthesis utilizing energetic ions, to control intrinsic stress and microstructure and to create new biointerfaces”




 
Sidney R. Cohen, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel “For sustained innovations in the application of atomic force microscopy to reveal the mechanical and electrical properties of nanomaterials, biomaterials, and devices and in the controlled design of nanostructures on surfaces”



 
Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany “For pioneering development of methods for preparing and investigating well-defined oxide surfaces which enabled a fundamental understanding of their physical and chemical properties”



 
Sang M. Han, University of New Mexico “For seminal contributions in vacuum and plasma technology and for sustained contributions to semiconductor materials science and engineering through collaborative and innovative academic research”




 
Terrence Jach, NIST “For many contributions to the development of photoemission, Auger electron spectroscopy, x-ray standing wave, and soft x-ray emission spectroscopy and outstanding leadership to AVS”




 
Sean King, Intel Corporation “For outstanding contributions to the materials science and surface/interface characterization of wide-bandgap semiconductors and dielectric materials for microelectronics applications”




 
Jolanta Klemberg-Sapieha, Polytechnique Montreal “For significant scientific contributions and international leadership in the development of nanostructured multifunctional and protective coatings for aerospace, manufacturing and other advanced engineering applications”



 
Michaeleen Pacholski, The Dow Chemical Company "For excellence in industrial problem solving in surface analysis, particularly in areas of adhesion and coefficient of friction reduction”




 
James Lyn Provo Sandia National Labs (Retired) “For seminal contributions to the technologies of reactive thin film deposition and hydriding for neutron generators”





 
Marcy Stutzman, Jefferson Lab "For pioneering work in XHV chamber processing, coatings and measurements, enabling repeatable performance near 10-12 Torr and below along with leadership to AVS technology outreach and education”




 
David Surman, Kratos Analytical Inc. “For pioneering developments in the use of neutral beams for SIMS applications and sustained contributions in the field of XPS and related surface analysis technologies”




 
Stefan Zauscher, Duke University “For contributions to the understanding of biointeractions and soft matter science and service to the AVS and Biointerface Division”




 

2020 NATIONAL STUDENT AWARDEES

There are five (5) top-level named Graduate Student Awards and three (3) Graduate Research Awards, described below. The recipients of these awards are determined after a general competition with all the graduate research applicants and a presentation to the Awards Committee.
 

RUSSELL AND SIGURD VARIAN AWARD

The Russell and Sigurd Varian Award was established in 1982 to commemorate the pioneering work of Russell and Sigurd Varian. It is presented to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. The award is supported by Agilent Technologies Vacuum Products Division. It consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

Ryan Hannagan, Tufts University
Whose main research focus is on using surface science techniques to understand the atomic-scale structure of novel single-atom alloy catalysts for selective dehydrogenation reactions.



 

NELLIE YEOH WHETTEN AWARD

The Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award was established in 1989, in the spirit of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, to recognize and encourage excellence by women in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. A fund to support the award was established by Timothy J. Whetten, friends and family of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, and AVS. The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

Natalie Seitzman, Colorado School of Mines
Whose main focus is investigating solid-state lithium batteries through x-ray microscopy, focusing on the anode/electrolyte interface, lithium morphology, and technique development.



 

DOROTHY M. AND EARL S. HOFFMAN AWARD

The Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Award was established in 2002 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. It is funded by a bequest from Dorothy M. Hoffman, who was president of AVS in 1974 and held other positions of responsibility in the Society. The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

Emily McGuinness, Georgia Institute of Technology
Whose research focus is the applications and fundamental understanding of transforming organic polymers into organic-inorganic hybrid materials via vapor phase infiltration.



 

DOROTHY M. AND EARL S. HOFFMAN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarships were established in 2002 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. They are funded by a bequest from Dorothy M. Hoffman. The scholarships consist of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

Christopher Brewer, University of Florida
Whose research focus is on investigating molecule decomposition under ultraviolet irradiation to identify suitable precursors for room temperature photoassisted CVD to metalize thermally sensitive substrates.





Ryan Gasvoda, Colorado School of Mines
Whose main research focus is on using in situ optical diagnostics and surface modification to enable ultra-high etch selectivity in plasma-assisted ALE of Si-based materials.



 

GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

The Graduate Research Awards were established in 1984 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. Each consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

Debarghya Sarkar, University of Southern California
Whose research focus is on materials and device innovation as potential candidates for 3D integrated circuits and flexible electronics.






Jeremy Schultz, University of Illinois at Chicago
Whose main research focus is on the development and application of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to angstrom scale studies of chemical interactions of molecules on surfaces.





Christopher O'Connor, Harvard University
Whose main research focus is on the investigation of fundamental interactions between surfaces and adsorbates that affect the performance of heterogeneous catalysts using model surface science studies.





For more information, please contact Angela Klink, AVS, angela@avs.org.