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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
10:45 a.m., NSERL 3.204








"Science and Technology of Multifunctional Oxide and Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films and Applications to a New Generation of Multifunctional Devices and Systems"
Orlando Auciello, Argonne National Laboratory

A new paradigm in the development of novel multifunctional materials in thin film form is providing the bases for a new generation of biomedical devices and biosystems. Two main classes of materials (nanocarbon and oxides) are being developed in thin film form and engineered for a new generation of nanocarbon-enabled biosystems that will make a major impact in the health and way of life of people worldwide. This talk will focus on discussing the science, technology, and engineering of two multifunctional thin films extensively investigated, developed and patented at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) during the last ten years and the efforts initiated recently to integrate them into a new generation of engineered biosystems, as described below:

1) A discussion will be presented on the science and technology of complex oxide thin films and ferroelectric and high-dielectric constant properties, including novel biocompatible TiO2/Al2O3 thin film superlattices that exhibit giant dielectric constant applicable to a new generation of microchip embedded capacitors for the artificial retina and other implantable microchips

2) A discussion will be presented on the synthesis and studies of the mechanical, trtibological, electrical, and biological properties of a novel ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin film, developed and patented at ANL, and currently commercialized by Advanced Diamond Technologies (a company co-founded by O. Auciello and J.A. Carlisle and spun-off from ANL in 2004), as an introduction to the engineering applications. This talk will focus on the engineering of UNCD films for application to a new generation of implantable biomedical devices and biosystems

Orlando Auciello is a Distinguished Argonne Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, working in the Materials Science Division (1996-present), and the Center for Nanoscale Materials (2006-present). He graduated with M.S. (1973) and Ph.D (1976) degrees in Physics from the Physics Institute “Dr. Balseiro” (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina). He also studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Cordoba-Argentina (1964-1970). After a postdoc at McMaster University-Canada (1976-1979), he was a Researcher at the University of Toronto-Canada (1979-1984), Associate Professor at North Carolina State University (1985-1988), and Senior Research Scientist at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (1988-1996). Auciello has edited 19 books on various topics, published about 450 articles in the fields described above, holds 14 patents, and organized, chaired, and lectured at numerous national and international conferences. He is associate editor of Appl. Phys. Lett., Integrated Ferroelectrics, Vacuum, and editor of two book series (Academic Press). He has held several positions in the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society, including Councilor. Auciello has been elected Vice President of the Materials Research Society for 2012 to become President in 2013.