Ilan Stern

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Physics, Material Science, Tulane University, 2012
M.Sc., Physics, Material Science, Tulane University, 2009
B.S., Physics, Astrophysics, The Ohio State University, 2006
 
RESEARCH EXPERTISE
Thin film nanostructure fabrication of multiferroic materials (ferroelectric and ferromagnetic) by method of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) as well as chemical vapor deposition (CVD)

Material characterization: high resolution x-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), atomic/magnetic/piezo force microscopy (AFM, MFM, PFM)

Alternative/sustainable energy applications, focusing on solar, thermal, and piezoelectric energy conversion

High density energy storage, i.e., graphene-based supercapacitors
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PATENTS
 
Articles
Stern, I., J. He, X. Zhou, P. Silwal, L. Miao, J.M. Vargas, L. Spinu, and D.H. Kim. 2011. Role of spinel substrate in the morphology of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial nanocomposite films. Applied Physics Letters. 99, 082908.

Stern, I., J. He, L. Miao, X. Zhou, P. Silwal, and D.H. Kim. 2011. Electrical transport through spinel NiCo2O4 embedded in epitaxial perovskite BaTiO3. (In production)
 
Silwal, P., L. Miao, I. Stern, X. Zhou, J. Hu, and D.H. Kim. 2012. Metal insulator transition with ferrimagnetic order in epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4. Applied Physics Letters. 100, 043203.
 
Zhou, X., I. Stern, P. Silwal, L. Miao, and D.H. Kim. 2012. Coherent in-plane tensile strain in perovskite Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 films on spinel MgAl2O4 substrates. Applied Physics Letters. 100, 032902.

Zhou, X., L. Miao, I. Stern, P. Silwal, D.H. Kim. 2012.  Modulations in structural and ferroelectric properties due to tensile strain in BiFeO3 films on MgAl2O4 substrates induced by thermal-expansion. Materials Science and Engineering B.  177:685-688.
 
Presentations
Poster presentation: April 2012. Electrical transport through spinel NiCo2O4 nanocolumns embedded in epitaxial perovskite BaTiO3. Tulane University Engineering Forum, New Orleans, LA.
 
Poster presentation: April 2010. Formation of perovskite/spinel nanocomposite materials on spinel substrates exhibiting magnetoelectric coupling. Material Research Society Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 
Poster presentation: April 2010. Electrical transport through spinel NiCo2O4 nanocolumns embedded in epitaxial perovskite BaTiO3. Material Research Society Conference, San Francisco, CA.