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Expert in Wide Band-Gap Materials, Diamond and Diamond Film, Nuclear Materials, Radiation

Expert ID: 724675 Missouri, USA

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Expert served as a science advisor on a strategic defense initiative project called CENTARUS with the Department of Energy (DOE). He holds an unclassified DOE patent on remotely driving a solid state laser with fluorescence generated by nuclear reactions.

In 1985, Expert initiated a research effort aimed at the development of diamond and aluminum nitride photovoltaic cells. In 1989, DOE supported the development of diamond and aluminum nitride photovoltaic cells. Expert and his group undertook the challenge of making n-type and p-type diamond and aluminum nitride as building blocks for a UV photovoltaic cell. No one had successfully produced n-type diamond, n-type aluminum nitride or p-type aluminum nitride. In this program he and his colleagues were able to solve some fundamental problems in doping wide band-gap materials. They developed a patented process call Field Enhanced Diffusion with Optical Activation (FEDOA) which was able to produce n-type diamond. They utilized FEDOA to produce a diamond p-n junction in 1996. Expert’ laboratory has demonstrated that FEDOA can remove impurities from silicon carbide (both 4-H and 6-H) wafers and from gallium nitride wafers. Expert has been a leading figure in the development of wide band-gap materials for electronics, tooling, electrochemistry, radiation resistant coatings, hydrogen storage, chemical sensors, biological sensors and energy conversion. He along with two colleagues edited the premier book in the field, The Handbook of Industrial Diamond and Diamond Film. He has also edited Wide Band-Gap Electronic Materials and Diamond Based Composites.

In 1991 the Gorbechev government invited Expert and a group of western scientists to visit the secret cities of Arzamas-16 and Chelybinsk-70. The goal of this visit was to advise these laboratories on how to transition from a mission in weapons development to commercial uses. After this visit, Expert became interested in the plight of the Russian Scientists who during the collapse of the USSR transitioned from being the elite of the Soviet Union to being poverty stricken. Expert wrote an influential editorial piece in the Christian Science Monitor, February 3, 1992 about the situation in Russia due to its collapse. In 1993, because the International Science Foundation’s funding was strictly earmarked for weapons scientists in the Former Soviet Union, Expert worked with several members of congress and the Clinton administration to support former Soviet scientists who could not get ISF funding because they were not directly involved in weapons production but were involved in supporting technologies like materials science. In 1993, Expert managed an exploratory project with funds provided through white house intervention to support these disenfranchised scientists in the Former Soviet Union.

In 1992, Expert was selected as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and was a visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. There he worked with Professor Heinrich Hora and developed several patents on direct energy conversion, solid-state lasers and wide band-gap electronics.

In 1996, Expert and his colleagues began to look at diamond films for a variety of applications in fuel cell technology. Some of this initial work demonstrated that diamond was capable of storing large amounts of hydrogen. Additional work was focu

He was a Consultant for the State of Michigan, Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund 2006 (Review Projects for Economic Activities)

He was a Consultant EPA 2004 and 2006 (Homeland Security)
He is a Consultant to US Semiconductor, 9/2005 to present (radiation damage to materials, nuclear batteries, semiconductor processing, wide band-gap materials and advanced sensors)
He was a Consultant British Nuclear Fuel, 8/96 to 8/99 (Radiation Damage, wide band-gap materials, diamond films and nuclear batteries)Consultant Daimler Bentz, 8/96 to 8/99 (Radiation Damage, wide band-gap materials, diamond films and nuclear batteries)

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Columbia, Missouri - Saint Charles, Missouri - Saint Peters, Missouri

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: PhD Subject: Nuclear Engineering Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Year: 1976 Degree: MS Subject: Nuclear Engineering Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Year: 1975 Degree: BS Subject: Engineering Science Institution: Colorado State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1979 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor/Director of Research Department: Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute Responsibilities: Teaching, Research, Service and Economic Development
Years: 1999 to 2000 Employer: US Department of State Title: William C. Foster Fellow Department: Arms Control Responsibilities: Science Advisor on Strategic Transition WMD technology Issues
Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: Idaho National Engineering Laboratory Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Physics Division Responsibilities: He worked with Strategic Defense Initiative project as chief scientist.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1987 to 1988 Agency: Department of Energy Role: Chief Scientist Description: He worked on a Strategic Defense Initiative Program
Years: 1999 to 2000 Agency: Department of State Role: Science Advisor Description: He was a William C. Foster Fellow working as a science advisor in the Bureau of Arms Control

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 1998 Country / Region: Russia Summary: He directed two NATO Advanced Research Workshops (1994 Minsk Belarus and 1996 St. Petersburg, Russia) as well as a NATO Linkage Grant (Moscow)

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Nuclear Society (Fellow), American Physical Society, American Society for Engineering Education, Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Materials Research Society, and Sigma Xi
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
Associate Editor for International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy and Ecology, July 2007-present, Associate Editor, Journal of Wide Band-Gap Materials, August 1998 to Present
Awards / Recognition
Gas Research Institute Workshop Fellowship on Synthetic Fuels Production from Inorganic Resources, 1981
Presidential Young Investigators Award, 1984
Fulbright Fellow, University of New South Wales, August to December, 1992.
ASEE Centennial Award, April 1993.
Fellow of American Nuclear Society, 1998.
William C. Foster Fellow, US Department of State 1999-2000
Frederick Joliot-Curie Medal, Awarded by the Editorial Board of International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy and Ecology, f’ contributions to the Physics of Power Engineering, to be Awarded in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 2007
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 4 recent books in diamond and related materials, one book on counterterrorism, one book on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, over 200 publications and 16 patents.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Diamond and Related Materials course (developed 1993), Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism course (developed Aug. 2000), Bioterrorism course for teachers, 2003, Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction course (developed January 2005),
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Consultant State of Michigan, Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund 2006 (Review Projects for Economic Activities)
Consultant EPA 2004 and 2006 (Homeland Security)
Consultant US Semiconductor, 9/2005 to present (radiation damage to materials, development of quantum fingerprint sensor and compact nuclear battery)
Consultant British Nuclear Fuel, 8/96 to 8/99 (Radiation Damage to semiconductors)
Consultant Daimler Bentz, 8/96 to 8/99 (Radiation Damage to semiconductors)
Member, Board of Directors Corda Technologies (semiconductor manufacturing firm)
Marketing Experience
He has been in the field of wide band-gap materials since the 1980's. His activities span the development of the industry: production of diamond films, wide band-gap films and wafers, device development, applications, etc.

Fields of Expertise

advanced gas-cooled nuclear reactor, Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System, alloy nuclear fuel, band gap, carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance, ceramic nuclear fuel, cold nuclear fusion, diamond bit, diamond coating material, diamond dust, diamond film coated cutting tool, diamond fly cutter, diamond grinding, diamond metallizing, diamond single crystal, diamond thin film, diamond tooling, diamond-like carbon, diamond-pyramid hardness test, explosive chemical compound, Non-Line-of-Sight missile system, nuclear defense, nuclear engineering, nuclear explosive, nuclear radiation, nuclear reactor, nuclear science, nuclear technology, nuclear, biological, and chemical personal protection equipment, semiconductor device manufacturing, semiconductor device testing, semiconductor dopant lateral diffusion, semiconductor industry chemical, semiconductor wafer, thick film, thick-film metallizing, thin-film deposition, weapons system design, weapons system testing, wide band gap semiconductor material, homeland, bioterrorism, homeland security, semiconductor device thermal management, diamond-like carbon coating material, integrated-circuit package, semiconductor device package, semiconductor economics, nuclear processing laboratory, carbon 13, semiconductor wafer processing, intrinsic semiconductor, semiconductor defect analysis, electronic material processing, binary semiconductor material, semiconductor cluster-tooling processing, nuclear reactor chemistry, diamond thin film licensing, II-VI semiconductor material, precision machine design, III-V semiconductor material, semiconductor material processing, cell nucleus, silicon wafer, weapons system, weapon, semiconductor device analysis, diamond-pyramid hardness number, semiconductor chip, diamond, semiconductor material, semiconductor device, nuclear radiation shielding, precision engineering, metal-insulator semiconductor material, atomic property, amorphous semiconductor

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