Robert (Bob) Opila
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Department: 
Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Electrical Conduction in Metallic Composites
  • Metal/polymer Adhesion
  • Electron Traps at Oxide/semiconductor Interfaces

Research Overview: Bob's research has emphasized interfacial phenomena, including electrical conduction in metallic composites, metal/polymer adhesion, and the source of electron traps at oxide/semiconductor interfaces. As electronic and photonic devices become smaller, interfaces between materials will play an even more important role. In general, the aim of the research has been to relate chemical and morphological structure at the interface to physical properties of the system. As probes of these buried interfaces, traditional surface science techniques, like electron or x-ray spectroscopies, have been extended to probe buried interfaces. Dr. Opila`s current interests include electrical conduction and charge injection in a new class of organic conductors and the mechanism of charge conduction in transparent conductive oxides, crucial in developing modern photonic devices.

Education:
University of Chicago ('82)