Dr. Louis Piper
Associate Professor and Director of Materials Science and Engineering
Office: SN 2213
Louis Piper joined the faculty of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy in Fall 2010. He received a PhD in physics from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) in 2006. He was a post-doctoral researcher and later a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University, his role included being the contact beamline scientist for X1B at the National Synchrotron Light Source.
His awards include the being named Scialog Fellow (2017), S3IP Technology Innovation Early Career Award (2015), NSLS/CFN User's meeting Poster Session Award Winner (2010), and European Materials Research Society Young Scientist Award (Nice, 2006 and Warsaw, 2005). His research has been supported by NSF, DOE, DOD, ACS PRF, and SUNY Research Foundation.
Research Information in Brief:
Dr Piper's research employs a range of X-ray spectroscopy techniques to understand optical, electrochemical and transport phenomena in functional metal oxides. He has made significant contributions to the areas of: transparent conducting oxides, solid oxide fuel cells, photocatalysts, vanadium dioxide and Li-ion battery cathodes.
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, and Diamond Light Source (UK).
Current funded projects include:
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)