Congratulations to Miles Blanchet and Suresh Thapa!

Suresh and Miles are the first two FINO Lab Ph.D. graduates! Both defended their dissertations over the last week and did a great job.

Miles’dissertation is entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Mn-based Spinels Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy.” He has written two first author papers and has another in preparation on Mn spinels for water-splitting catalysis applications on our NSF project with Prof. Byron Farnum’s group. He was the first Ph.D. student to join the group and helped build the group’s MBE and XPS. He’ll be moving on to an industrial job over the summer that is being finalized soon. Congrats Miles!

Suresh did the first in situ studies on films grown by hybrid MBE, including SrTiO3 and SrNbO3. His thesis is entitled “Surface and Interfacial Studies of Perovskite Oxides Grown by Hybrid Molecular Beam Epitaxy” and was supported by our AFOSR grant. He has written a first author paper, has another in review, and one more in preparation. Suresh will move on to a job with Intel in Hillsboro, OR over the summer. Way to go Suresh!