Materials scientist Sergei Kalinin of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded the inaugural Medal for Scanning Probe Microscopy, or SPM, by the Royal Microscopical Society, or RMS.
Kalinin is director of ORNL’s Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, which melds capabilities in imaging, high-performance computing, and materials theory to guide the design of advanced materials for energy applications. He is also a theme leader at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL, and an adjunct associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
At ORNL, he develops novel SPM techniques to measure and control local structure and properties of materials. Kalinin studies coupling of transport phenomena in functional oxides and molecular systems and emergent phenomena in nanostructured transition metal oxides.
His accomplishments include a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and two R&D 100 awards. He has authored more than 350 publications and several patents on various aspects of SPM. He is an editor for the recently established Nature Partner Journal Computational Materials and an organizer of an international workshop series on piezoresponse force microscopy.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and materials science from Moscow State University and a doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania, Kalinin joined ORNL in 2002 as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow.
The RMS, established in 1839, publishes The Journal of Microscopy, a series of microscopy books and infocus Magazine. Kalinin will receive a certificate and a medal at the Microscience Microscopy Congress 2015, held this summer in Manchester, England.
UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.