Professor Bruce M. Clemens

clemens2Bruce Clemens leads a group of around 12 researchers working on the synthesis, structure, and properties of thin film and nanostructured materials. He uses the flexibility of physical vapor deposition to engineer materials on the atomic scale. He and his group study epitaxial thin films, multi-layers and nanostructured materials where the structure and properties are strongly influenced by the small size and the presence of interfaces. They investigate the structure and its correlation with growth process and properties including stress, chemical kinetics, phase stability, magnetotransport, mechanical properties and electronic and optical properties. His group is working on new materials and processes for electronic applications, for photovoltaic devices and for tuning thermodynamics and kinetics for hydrogen and chemical energy storage. He teaches classes in nanomaterials synthesis, x-ray diffraction, solid-state physics, sustainable energy, solar cells, and batteries. Bruce Clemens is the author of over 200 scientific papers and 2 patents. He serves on the technical advisory boards and as consultant for companies that span the range from large multinationals to small start-ups. He holds the Walter B. Reinhold Professorship in the Stanford School of Engineering and is the 2012 President of the Materials Research Society. In 2012 and 2013 Professor Clemens taught the first materials science massively open online course, entitled “Solar Cells, Fuel Cells and Batteries”. This course has had over 20,000 enrolled students from around the world and has generated over one million page hits.

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