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Louis F. J. Piper

Visiting Professor

Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy


Louis Piper's current research activities can be summarized as using x-ray spectroscopy techniques to study the interplay between geometric and electronic structure within metal oxides to explain their optical, transport and electrochemical properties. His work has potential benefits in the areas of: flexible electronics; next generation Li-ion batteries; memristors; Mott Physics and photo-catalysis. He has employed research at a range of Synchrotron facilities, including to date: National Synchrotron Light Source (I and II), Advanced Light Source, Advanced Photon Source, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and Diamond Light Source (UK).


  • PhD, BS, University of Warwick

Research Interests

  • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • X-ray Spectroscopy of Functional Metal Oxides
  • Li-ion Cathodes; photo-catalysts; Memristors; Semiconductors

Clinical Interests

  • Developing new photocatalysts (NSF DMREF-1627583)
  • Understanding Li-ion cathodes (DOE EFRC "NECCES" - DE-SC0012583)
  • Adaptive oxides for biomimicry (DOD AFOSR MURI "CEREBRAL" FA9550-18-1-0024)

Teaching Interests

  • Electrodynamics-
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Solid State Physics
    • Communications
    • Statistical Mechanics
    Material Science and Engineering
    • Material Structure and Properties
    • Thermodynamics
    • Phase Equilibria and Reactivity
    • Characterization Techniques
    • Experimental techniques
    • Materials Communications and Seminar
    • Frontiers in Materials


  • Scialog Fellow (2017)
  • S3IP Technology Innovation Early Career Award (2015)
  • NSLS/CFN User's meeting Poster Session Award Winner (2010)
  • European Materials Research Society Young Scientist Award (Nice, 2006 and Warsaw, 2005)

Research Profile