From Snowflakes to Semiconductors

Professor Randall Headrick, Professor of Physics

Professor Randall Headrick, Professor of Physics

Crystallization is the name for processes by which atoms and molecules organize themselves into patterns ranging from simple to intricate.  In modern science and technology, the natural processes behind crystallization are harnessed to produce useful materials, and these processes are visualized at the mesoscopic scale.  As traditional materials (such as silicon) approach their ultimate limits of performance at an exponentially increasing rate, there is a great need to develop new functional materials and improved processes.  Professor Headrick will give a brief description of several classes of materials of current interest.

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Randall Headrick  has been a faculty member at the University of Vermont since 2001.  His research interests are in the areas of thin film materials and the synthesis and processing of materials relevant to information technology and consumer electronics.  He has published over 60 journal articles and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.  He has taught courses in physics, nanoscience, and materials science.  He currently serves as the program director for UVM’s Materials Science graduate program.

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.

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