Dr. Jacob L. Jones

Dr. Jacob L. Jones

Jones is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility, and a University Faculty Scholar.

Jones has published over 180 papers and delivered over 100 invited lectures on his research since 2004. Jones is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and has received numerous awards for his research and education activities, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an NSF CAREER award, the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Program Award of Excellence. Jones is active in the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society and the American Ceramic Society.

Dr. Jones is known for promoting international science and engineering initiatives. Jones has enabled over 50 U.S. students to obtain research experiences overseas and has hosted a multitude of foreign students. Since 2012, Jones has been a Senior Visiting Fellow in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 2012, Jones received the International Educator of the Year award (Senior Faculty Awardee) from the University of Florida International Center in 2012.

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Jones Group 1-2017

Our Research

Our group applies advanced in situ X‑ray and neutron scattering methods in order to study real-time, processing-structure-property relationships of materials. These sophisticated measurements provide highly unique insight into both established and emerging materials and processes, enabling more intelligent design of materials and materials processes. The materials of primary focus have been dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic crystals, ceramics, and thin films which have applications including, but not limited to, impact and displacement sensors, actuators, capacitors, nano- and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) systems, diesel fuel injectors, vibrational energy harvesting, sonar, and ultrasound. However, the tools and techniques developed in pursuit of these efforts are also widely applicable to the study of other materials and we've undertaken such investigations in ceramic electrolytes, battery materials, metals, and composites.

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News & Events

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Massive Open Online Course on Nanotechnology!

A new course on nanotechnology fabrication and characterization has been released online, filmed within shared laboratories at NC State, Duke, and UNC-CH. Anyone can audit the course for free; it is available here: http://coursera.org/learn/nanotechnology. The activity was developed by the RTNN, which is led by Jacob Jones. Brienne Johnson, student in the Jones group, is also featured in the course. An NC State news item can be found here.

Postdoc Position in Water-Nanotechnology!

As part of our new GRIP initiative on Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology, we have a new postdoc opening for an experimentalist to work in our environmental engineering laboratoris. See https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/80822 for more information.

Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology

Jones secures a highly competitive internal NC State grant under the Game-Changing Research Incentive (GRIP) program. The interdisciplinary topic, Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology, integrates researchers from across campus working on materials, environmental engineering, chemistry, textiles, and more. More information is available here: https://news.ncsu.edu/2016/12/oried-announces-inaugural-grip-winners/

Undergraduate Advising Award

Jacob Jones wins the 2016-2017 NC State College of Engineering George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award. Congratulations!

PhD graduate Usher highlighted!

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate, Dr. Tedi-Marie Usher, on her successes thus far. Read about her experiences as a graduate student and user of national research facilities here: https://news.engr.ncsu.edu/2016/10/graduate-student-becomes-research-associate-at-national-lab/

New Statistical Approach for Structure Refinement

We recently implemented a Bayesian statistics and sampling algorithm approach for structural refinement using diffraction data. This was a really fun collaboration with some statisticians and mathematicians, and is an area in which we are still working. The paper can be viewed here: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep31625 The NC State press release is here and was picked up by the following news outlets already:

In a different project, one of IRES summer research students (Alexandra Larsen) created an introductory tutorial on Bayesian statistics for the non-expert (i.e., materials researchers). It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ItC4ytT60.

Software Released - Written by PhD Student Esteves

PhD student Giovanni Esteves wrote a Graphical User Interface through the commercial math program MATLAB to enable crystallographic computations for all seven crystal systems. For example, it calculates angles between planes and directions and plots the stereographic projection of poles and directions on a Wulff Net. The GUI is available at http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/56773-metrictens--crystallography and runs within the MATLAB environment. For an independently executable version of this GUI, please email both gesteve@ncsu.edu and jacobjones@ncsu.edu.

Student Poster Awards!

PhD Candidate Tedi-Marie Usher won a “best poster award” at the RMCProfile Workshop at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2016. Congratulations, Tedi-Marie! PhD Candidate Dong Hou won the 3rd place poster award at the EMA 2016 meeting in Orlando, FL from the American Ceramic Society, January 2016. Congratulations, Dong!

"How Atoms Dance in Dielectrics"

We've published a new characterization capability to measure local structure of dielectrics in response to electric fields. The paper is published in Scientific Reports at http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14678. The NC State press release can be found at https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/10/jones-dielectric-2015/. A neat article in IEEE Spectrum can be found at http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/at-work/test-and-measurement/how-atoms-dance-in-dielectrics.

Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

We are very pleased to report that the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN - http://www.rtnn.org) has been awarded as a site in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). The NSF press release is at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136211 and the NC State press release at https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/09/nsf-nanonetwork-2015/>/a>. A nice article in the NC State newspaper, the Technician, is at http://www.technicianonline.com/features/article_99db43ee-6ca5-11e5-bf92-4304ee30715a.html . More technical detail is available at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1542015.

Jones selected for Fellow

Professor Jones has been selected to be elevated to the grade of Fellow of The American Ceramic Society. Recognition of this achievement will be given at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Australian undergraduate students at NC State

Five undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, performed 8-week research/training experiences at NC State under a new international exchange program. Two of these students, Ralph Bulanadi and Amanda Lai, were in the Jones group. A news article highlighting their experience was recently published in the UNSW newsletter: http://www.materials.unsw.edu.au/newsletter/2015/apr/undergraduate-news

Former undergraduate student wins prestigious NSF fellowship

Lyndsey Denis, a former undergraduate research assistant in the Jones group, won an NSF GRFP Fellowship (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/)! The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a program that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Winning this award possess a noteworthy reputation for developing innovators and leaders in the science and engineering fields. Lyndsey is now pursuing her PhD student at Penn State.

Esteves wins international fellowship

PhD student Giovanni Esteves has won an International Research Fellowship from the International Center for Materials Research at UC Santa Barbara. Esteves will use the fellowship to collaborate with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Australia. While there, he will also visit and cooperate with researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. Congratulations, Giovanni!

Former postdoc accepts faculty appointment

In July of 2014, Former Jones group postdoc Dr. Dipankar Ghosh will join the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We congratulate Dr. Ghosh on his new appointment!

Esteves selected for NX School

Giovanni Esteves has been selected to attend the Sixteenth National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering at the Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.dep.anl.gov/nx/). The main purpose of this program is to educate graduate students on the utilization of major neutron and X-ray facilities. The program focuses on the following topics: interaction of X-rays and neutrons with matter, production of X-rays and neutrons, experimental instrumentation, theory and practical uses, and experimental techniques. The program includes lectures, basic tutorials, seminars, and short experiments conducted at Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor as well as Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source in order to provide hands-on experience for using neutron/synchrotron sources

Former Undergraduate Researchers win Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Humberto Foronda and Clayton Cozzan, two former undergraduate research assistants in the Jones group, win the NSF GRFP Fellowship (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/)! The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a program that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Winning this award possess a noteworthy reputation for developing innovators and leaders in the science and engineering fields. For the 2014 year, this highly competitive program offered 2000 awards to a pool of over 14000 applicants. Humberto is presently a PhD student at UCSB and Clayton will graduate the University of Florida in May with his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Congratulations to Humberto and Clayton!

Origin Case Study

A case study in the use of Origin software for diffraction was recently written by graduate student Jason Nikkel. The case study, posted on the Origin website at http://www.originlab.com/index.aspx?go=SOLUTIONS/CaseStudies&PID=2113, shows how he utilizes the Origin software to represent data obtained from X-ray and neutron sources to show small structural changes. OriginLab, makers of Origin, develops graphing and data analysis software that provides a comprehensive solution for scientist and engineers who need to analyze, graph, and professionally present data.

Jones Research Group Paper Selected as "Frontispiece"

A paper published by the Jones Research Group is selected for a "Frontispiece" in Advanced Functional Materials. The paper reports the use of high-energy X-ray diffraction during application of electric fields to determine the role of ferroelectric domain wall displacement in the superior properties of polycrystalline BaTiO3 with grain sizes near 1-2 µm. The full publication can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201301913.

Group Member wins 2014 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

PhD candidate Tedi-Marie Usher has won the 2014 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD). The scholarship is an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields. We congratulate Tedi-Marie on this awesome accomplishment!

This website is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. OISE-0402066, OISE-0755170, DMR-0746902, OISE-1129412, and DMR-1207293. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).