Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Group

Important Announcements

New Powder X-ray Diffraction System is now operational. Please see Dr. Cornell for details. We expect High-Resuolution X-ray Diffraction system to become available in June.

Students interested in Student Research Grants or in applying for TURC or SURPP programs are welcome to contact Dr. Grigoriev.

Several research projects are available for students. Compensation is available for interested students.





The focus of our research is on structure-properties relationships in thin-film materials and nanostructures. One specific group of materials that we explore, complex oxides, have many fascinating properties including superconductivity, magnetism, and ferroelectricity. These properties can be controlled by the crystal growth conditions and by external parameters such as temperature and electric field.

In our laboratory we have several instruments for synthesis of thin-film materials and for materials characterization.  In addition, we use the state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities at national labs. Motivated students are always welcome to join our research.

News and recent Activities:

Mar-7-2013: Instrumentation Lab module is featured on OriginLab wesite.

Feb-20-2013: New article is published: "Electrical measurements of dielectric nonlinearities in ferroelectric bilayer thin films"

Apr-7-2012: Tara Drwenski received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations!

Dec-2011: First working Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin film samples were made using our new rf-sputtering system.

Dec-14-2011: "Ultrafast electrical measurements of polarization dynamics in ferroelectric thin-film capacitors" paper is published in Review of Scientific Insturment.

Sep-2-2011: rf-magnetron sputter guns in the new sputtering system were operated for the first time.

July-14-2011: New vacuum system for rf-magnetron sputtering of thin films is assembled.