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Thursday, July 18

Creating New States of Matter with Oxide Heteroepitaxy:
Science is Fun

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, ORNL
First Annual ORNL Postdoc Research Symposium
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM, ORNL Conference Center, Tennessee Room (202 A, B, & C)
Contact: Andreas Malikopoulos (, 865.946.1529


I would like to focus on two aspects in this talk. The first part will focus on "Great Expectations" at ORNL and the crucial role that doing outstanding science plays in this endeavor. Particularly, the postdocs and students involved with ORNL form a key component of the lab's (and by default, the country's) future. I would like to share my expectations and aspirations for the lab. In parallel, I would like to reassure everyone that I DO plan to be actively engaged in doing science myself. The second part of my talk will describe some on-going research in my group, particularly tackling a complex problem of controlling and manipulating magnetism with an electric field.

About the Speaker
Ramamoorthy Ramesh joined ORNL as Deputy for Science and Technology in June 2013. Ramesh oversees one of the nation’s largest research and development programs, with annual expenditures of $1.6 billion in materials and physical sciences, energy and engineering sciences, computing and computational sciences, biological and environmental sciences, neutron sciences, and global security. Prior to his present appointment, he was the Plato Malozemoff Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, with a joint appointment as a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ramesh holds a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Bellcore in 1989 and initiated research in several key technology areas, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. Ramesh joined the University of Maryland in 1995 and was promoted to Professor in 1999 and Distinguished Professor in 2003. In 2004 he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in the Materials Science and Engineering and Physics departments. Ramesh served as director of DOE’s SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program in 2011–2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 in recognition of his contributions to the science and technology of functional complex oxide materials.