Petrov Receives 2009 AVS R.F. Bunshah Award

Ivan Petrov, director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory Central Facilities, has received the R.F. Bunshah Award from the Advanced Surface Science Engineering Division (ASED) of the American Vacuum Society. This award acknowledges outstanding research or technological innovation in areas of interest to ASED with an emphasis on the fields of surface engineering, thin films, and related topics by a scientist or engineer.

Ivan Petrov
Ivan Petrov

Petrov has been director of the MRL's Center for Microanalysis of Materials and an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois since 1998. His research interests are in the area of thin film physics, surface science, and microstructural and microchemical analyses.

Petrov has published 200 refereed papers and presented more than 80 invited and plenary lectures. He received the DOE award for Sustained Outstanding Research in 1996 and was recognized as 2001 AVS Fellow for “seminal contributions in determining the role of low-energy ion/surface interactions for controlling microstructure evolution during low temperature growth of transition metal nitride layers.”

He earned his PhD in physics from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he worked as a physicist and senior research scientist until 1989 when he joined the University of Illinois faculty. He was previously a visiting professor at Linköping University, Sweden, and a visiting frofessor of surface engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.

The R.F. Bunshah Award and honorary ICMCTF Lecture were established by the Advanced Surface Science Engineering Division (ASED) of the AVS in 2006. Professor Bunshah founded the ICMCTF in 1974 and was a pioneer in physical vapor deposition. The award is to acknowledge outstanding research or technological innovation in areas of interest to ASED with emphasis on the fields of surface engineering, thin films, and related topics by a scientist or engineer.

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