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Stephen K. Streiffer

Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology

Dr. Streiffer is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology at Argonne. His scientific expertise is in nanostructured complex oxides and structural characterization of materials.

Biography

Stephen Streiffer is the Deputy Laboratory Director (DLD) for Science and Technology at Argonne. In this role, he works with the Lab Director and Associate Laboratory Directors to develop and shepherd Argonne’s scientific and technical portfolio and to articulate the Laboratory’s strategic priorities including through the development of Argonne’s Office of Science Annual Laboratory Plan. As the laboratory’s Chief Research Officer, he also collaborates with his colleagues across the Department of Energy complex on addressing strategic issues impacting the DOE and national research and development enterprise, advises on the management of the lab-directed research and development program, and chairs the Women in Science and Technology steering committee.

Prior to serving as Argonne’s DLD for S&T, Dr. Streiffer was Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences and director of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), one of the world’s most productive hard X-ray light sources. Dr. Streiffer also held several leadership roles in Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, a national user facility that provides capabilities explicitly tailored to the creation and characterization of new functional materials on the nanoscale.

Dr. Streiffer’s scientific expertise is in nanostructured complex oxides and structural characterization of materials, particularly using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques. Overarching themes in his research program have included in situ studies of thin film growth, developing novel concepts to integrate oxide heterostructures, establishing a fundamental understanding of polar interfaces, and exploring how these interfaces may be manipulated to influence electronic and chemical function. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and holds one patent.

Education

  • Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1993
  • Materials Science and Engineering, Bachelor’s degree, Rice University, 1987

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Member of the Materials Research Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, 2006
  • Sabbatical fellowship, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2005
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1993
  • Electron Microscopy Society of America Presidential Award, 1991