Altaf H. Carim

Altaf H. Carim

Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council
Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Dr. Tof Carim joined the Materials Sciences and Engineering Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at DOE in September 2001 as a Program Manager with primary responsibility for activities in the structure and composition of materials. He spent two years on the faculty of The University of New Mexico and then went to Penn State, where he spent eleven years on the faculty, most recently as Chair of the Electronic and Photonic Materials Program, prior to joining DOE. He previously held summer positions at Bell Laboratories and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, did graduate work under support from Philips Research Laboratories Sunnyvale, held a post-doc at the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium in The Netherlands, and also had a sabbatical appointment at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Dr. Carim’s primary expertise is in microstructural and microchemical characterization of materials, with research contributions in a variety of areas including semiconductor interfaces, superconducting and ferroelectric oxide thin films and ceramics, crystal structure determination, crystalline defects, joining of ceramics and composites, development of anisotropic microstructures, electron holography, and morphology of nanoparticles and nanowires. He has authored or coauthored over 85 research publications in these areas, including two book chapters, has edited two volumes, and has given more than 55 conference and seminar presentations. He has been active in numerous professional organizations, has organized a number of technical meetings and symposia, and has editorial roles with several journals. His awards and honors include recognition as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, receipt of an AIST Foreign Researcher Invitation to lecture in Japan, and an SEM Inc. Presidential Scholarship.

Dr. Carim received a S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 1989.


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