Dr. Jay Narayan Receives 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal

Jay NarayanDr. Jay Narayan, the John C.C. Fan Family Distinguished Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has won the 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize – an international award given to one person annually for exceptional research contributions and leadership in materials science. The Materials Research Society will hold an International Symposium on Frontiers of Thin Film Epitaxy and Nanostructured Materials to honor Narayan at the 2011 MRS Meeting in San Francisco April 25-29. ASM International will hold an International Conference on Advances in Nanostructured Materials and Applications to honor Narayan at the 2011 materials science and technology (MS&T) conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 16-20. The medal and prize will be presented at the 2011 MS&T Awards Banquet.

Narayan was recognized for his fundamental contributions in defects, diffusion, ion implantation and laser-solid interactions, which have led to major materials breakthroughs, including: the formation of p-n junctions and solar cells by laser-beam processing; defect-free annealing of semiconductors ; and a laser method for forming supersaturated semiconductor alloys, low-resistance Ohmic contacts, and hydrogen-free diamond and diamondlike films. His laser annealing research transitioned to pulsed laser deposition which led to new materials (high-Tc superconductors, novel ZnMgO and CdMgO alloys, and integrated thin film heterostructures and highly cited theoretical model.

Narayan invented domain matching epitaxy (DME), which is based upon matching of integral multiples of lattice planes across the film-substrate interface, to address epitaxial growth across the misfit scale on polar as well as nonpolar substrates. The proposed DME paradigm and strain relaxation mechanisms were verified by in-situ X-ray diffraction studies in a synchrotron. He also invented the quantum confinement of carriers by thickness variation to fabricate NanoPocket LEDs. “All high-efficiency LEDs will be manufactured by using Narayan’s inventions of NanoPocket LEDs and DME concepts,” according to Dr. John Fan, CEO of Kopin Corporation.

Narayan also invented integrated smart sensors and 3-D self-assembled nanostructures with oriented magnetic nanodots for information storage which NSF hailed as one of the breakthroughs of the year 2004. More recently, his work has focused on nanocrystalline metals, WC and TiN with theoretical modeling and twinning deformation to explain grain size dependence on mechanical properties.

Professor Narayan, who is also a visiting distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has extraordinary research and academic records. After graduating with Distinction and First Rank from India’s IIT Kanpur in 1969, he entered the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his MS (1970) and PhD (1971) in only two years. To date Narayan has published over 500 journal papers and an equal number of conference proceedings, and received 35 patents. He has over 11,000 citations with an h-index of over 50. His other honors include 2008 Inaugural MRS Fellow (First 34 MRS members worldwide); 1999 TMS Fellow (limit 100 members worldwide); National Academy of Sciences (India) Fellow (limit 100 foreign members), 1999 ASM Gold Medal (Top ASM Honor), 2004 ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Lecture and Prize, US-DOE Outstanding Research Award, Three IR-100 Awards, Fellow APS, Fellow AAAS, Fellow ASM, Honorary Member MRS-I, 2005 TMS Symposium in Narayan’s honor at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco and 2006 May 2006 Issue of Journal of Electronic Materials, ORNL Dist. Scientist (2007–).

NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is part of the university’s College of Engineering.

Source: Matt Shipman, News Services