Research Team (ORNL)
Dr. Steve Allison holds a PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia. He is a staff member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory with thirty years of service. His recent R&D efforts are directed toward development of optical diagnostics and measurement systems. He is past Director of the Aerospace Industries Division of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and is an ISA Fellow (2006) and winner of their 2008 UOP Award for contributions to optical thermometry. He has served on the editorial board of the Review of Scientific Instruments and has ten patents as well as numerous publications.
Dr. Duncan Earl received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is the former CEO and CTO of Sunlight Direct, a solar spin off company from ORNL. Dr. Earl holds five U.S. patents, one international patent, is an R&D100 award winner, and has numerous publications related to the optical science field. He has been a staff member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the past fifteen years. His recent R&D focus is on optical metamaterial design and modeling, as well as, continue R&D on quantum entanglement phenomena.
Dr. Boyd Evans is a mechanical engineer and research staff member with 18 years of experience leading multidisciplinary research. He is currently directing research for ORNL’s Nanoscale Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL). Ongoing and previous projects include the development of efficient, direct solar lighting technologies; investigation of smart-materials and structures for miniature valve applications and orthopedic implants; development of new technologies for the safeguarding and securing of nuclear materials; and precision systems for advanced space-based, military telescopes. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the International Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Dr. Evans currently holds four patents and has two pending patent applications. He was recently invited to attend the National Academies of Science’s Keck Future’s Initiative and is a recipient of an R&D 100 award.
Dr. Phil Evans an experimental physicist with experience in optics, nano-fabrication techniques, semiconductor device physics and scanning probe microscopy. His research interests lie with the generation and interaction of light with nano-structured non-linear materials and the optical/physical properties of nano-scale structured surfaces and particles. Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Bath, UK in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Physics, with emphasis on semiconductor device physics and photonics. He spent a one-year internship at the European research laboratory of Sharp Electronics in Oxford, UK, carrying out research into novel liquid crystal displays. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Tennessee for studying the growth, characterization and thermo-optic properties of nanometer-scale metal particles on roughened surfaces.
Dr. Troy Hendricks is a postdoctoral researcher who joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. His past research experience includes the fabrication of nanostructured surfaces using thin film modification, self assembly and non-lithographic patterning techniques. He received his B.S. (20002) and Ph.D. (2008) in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. Currently, his research activities focus on controlling nanstructured surface properties for energy savings applications and large-area nanofabrication techniques associated with ORNL's emerging glass drawing facility.
Dr. Nagraj Kulkarni is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience with material modeling and nano-material scaling computations. His recent research is focused on nanostructure scaling and copper interconnect issues related to advanced computing. Dr. Kulkarni has a joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.
Dr. John Simpson received a PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. A former IBM researcher, Dr. Simpson has been with ORNL for nearly ten years. His current research is focused on nanofabrication over large areas through ORNL's emerging glass drawing facility with applications to metamaterials, superhydrophobic structures, photonic crystal fibers, and various other technology areas.
Dr. Tim McIntyre leads the Sensor Science and Systems & Technology group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research background is in innovative sensing phenomena and material. He serves as an advisor to the Optical Metamaterials Program on emerging funding and application opportunities for metamaterials in the sensing arena.
Dr. Panos Datskos leads the Nanosystems and Structures group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research background is in integrated optics, nano-optics, and long IR sensing/imaging. Dr. Datskos serves as an advisor to the Optical Metamaterials Program on innovative fabrication and design trends emerging in the metamaterials and nanofab communities.