Prize Recipient

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David B. Graves
University of California, Berkeley


"For contributions to the science and technology of low temperature plasmas, plasma surface interactions and complex plasmas through fundamental measurements and modeling."


David B. Graves joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 after receiving his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (1986), following a BS and MS from the University of Arizona (1978, 1981). He is currently Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He was appointed the first Lam Research Distinguished Chair in Semiconductor Processing for 2011-2016 at the University of California. His research interests are in the general areas of low temperature plasma science and gas discharge phenomena. His group studies the physics and chemistry of chemically active low temperature plasmas, including modeling and simulation, experimental studies of plasma using various gas phase and surface spectroscopies, dusty plasmas, plasma stability, plasma-electromagnetic interactions, plasma-organic materials interactions, and studies of radical-, ion-, electron- and photon-surface interactions in high vacuum beam systems. Recent efforts have included studies of plasma-induced roughening and erosion of polymers and plasmas used for biomedical applications.Prof. Graves has graduated 27 PhD students, and has supervised 17 postdoctoral scholars.Prof. Graves is a fellow of the American Vacuum Society and the Institute of Physics, and a founding member of the Society for Plasma Medicine. He co-chaired the 1996 National Research Council (NRC) workshop and co-edited the “Report on Data Needs for Plasma Processing.” He fulfilled a similar role in 2008 for the Department of Energy “Plasma 2010-Low Temperature Plasma Science Workshop” and report on “Low Temperature Plasma Science Challenges for the Next Decade.” He has carried out research in France with collaborators at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paliseau, the Universite d’Orleans, the University of Perpignan, and he received a Chaire d’excellence from the Nanoscience Foundation, in Grenoble.

Selection Committee:

Timothy J. Gay (Chair), Ronald A. Phaneuf, Biswa N. Ganguly, Philip G. Burke, and Gregory A. Hebner