The Bill Sproul Award and Honorary ICMCTF lectureship is to recognize the achievements of a mid-career researcher who has made outstanding scientific and/or technological contributions in areas of interest to the Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of the AVS, with emphasis in the fields of surface engineering, thin films, and related topics.
2021 Bill Sproul Award and Honorary Lecture Recipient
Daniel Gall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Daniel Gall holds a professor position in Materials Science and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. He received his Diploma from the University of Basel in 1994 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Prof. Gall’s research focuses on the development of an atomistic understanding of thin film growth and on the electronic and optical properties of materials, with a particular interest in the epitaxial growth of transition-metal nitrides and their mechanical and opto-electronic properties. Daniel Gall has served in many positions within the ICMCTF, ASED, and AVS. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, and has won numerous awards from NSF, DoE, RPI, IBM, and LAM for his work on transition metal nitrides and on high-conductivity interconnects. Professor Gall has authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles. His students won over 60 best poster and paper awards. http://www.rpi.edu/~galld