Materials Science Colloquium Summer Semester 2022

June 10, 2022

The third talk with Prof. Dr. Melissa K. Santala

On Monday, the 20th of June 2022 at 4:30 p.m., our third presentation for Summer Semester 2022 in the Materials Science Colloquium will take place with Prof. Dr. Melissa K. Santala, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, on the topic of: Revealing thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallization of phase change materials using complementary microscopic techniques.


For further information on the talk, please see the attached abstract.

We will meet in presence in the Werner-Köster Lecture Hall (Heisenbergstr. 3). Get-together with the speaker at 4:15 p.m. in the lobby.

We look forward to your attendance.


Biographical Sketch:

Melissa Santala is materials scientist and an Associate Professor at Oregon State University (OSU). She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. During her graduate studies she extensively used optical and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to conduct fundamental studies of ceramics and ceramic-metal interfaces. After receiving her PhD in 2009, she joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a first post-doctoral researcher and then stayed on as staff scientist. At Lawrence Livermore, she used photo-emission TEM to study phase transformations in various materials with a focus on semiconductors and chalcogenide-based phase change materials for memory devices. In 2020, she received a National Science Foundation CAREER award supporting her group’s research on the crystallization of phase change materials. At OSU, she leads a group that uses transmission electron microscopy and complementary characterization techniques to tackle a variety of materials science problems.



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