Orloff Wins Awards for Research, Teaching

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Graduate student Nathan Orloff (Department of Physics), advised by MSE professor Ichiro Takeuchi, was named the runner-up in the competition for the Block Award for Best Experimental Poster Presentation at the International Workshop on Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials, held at the Aspen Center for Physics.

Orloff was recognized for his paper and presentation, titled "Strained-induced Ferroelectricity in Ruddlesden-Popper Srn+1TinO3n+1." The project, a collaboration among colleagues at the Clark School, Cornell University, Penn State, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, is exploring the development of novel ferroelectric materials which do not exist in nature. Orloff, working with James Booth at NIST—Boulder, carried out the state-of-the-art broadband dielectric measurements that show the new materials can be driven into a ferroelectric state.

Orloff also recently received the 2009-2010 Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, which provides $1,000 to a doctoral candidate who has served at least one academic year as a teaching assistant with a commendable performance, and who has demonstrated excellence beyond his or her coursework.

Published April 9, 2010