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Scott Chambers

Laboratory Fellow, Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Chemical and Material Sciences Division, Material Sciences

P.O. Box 999, K8-87
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6517 Fax: (509) 371-6066

FCSD Staff Information page for Scott Chambers Updated: September 27, 2012

Current Activities and Projects

Dr. Chambers is a Wiley Research Fellow in EMSL. His current interests focus on the effects of doping on the structure and functional properties of epitaxial oxide films of various kinds. Such materials are of significant interest in a variety of scientific and technological arenas, including oxide electronics, thermal and photocatalysis, and surface geochemistry. Of specific interest is modification of electronic, magnetic, optical, and photochemical properties by controlled doping, with an eye toward novel behavior that could give rise to new and useful technologies based on oxides. His film deposition methods of choice are molecular beam epitaxy and off-axis pulsed laser deposition, assisted by activated oxygen from an oxygen plasma generator or ozone. He brings a variety of in situ and ex situ characterization methods to bear on the these materials, including high-resolution x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering, scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy. He also collaborates closely with Prof. Peter Sushko of University College London, who carries out first principles theoretical calculations in direct support of Dr. Chambers’ experimental efforts. He is currently overseeing EMSL's design, procurement and commissioning of a new state-of-the-art oxide MBE system with appended high-resolution XPS and UPS capability.

Research Interests

Simple and complex oxide heteroepitaxy and structure-property relationships for the associated surfaces and interfaces.

Past Experience

Before joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1992, Dr. Chambers was a staff scientist at the Boeing High Technology Center in Seattle. In that role, he conducted research in the epitaxial growth of intermetallic compounds on III-V compound semiconductors, in support of the development of advanced digital and analog devices for aerospace electronics applications. Prior to that he was Associate and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bethel University and George Fox University, respectively. He has authored or coauthored ~240 peer reviewed scientific journal publications, invited review articles and book chapters, and holds 3 patents in the areas of metal and oxide film growth for advanced magnetic memory and photochemical transformations. He has given ~190 invited lectures at conferences, research laboratories and universities worldwide.


Dr. Chambers received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and Oregon State University, respectively.

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

Fellow - AVS and AAAS.

Co-recipient of a Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for "Molecular Beam Epitaxy Semiconductor Wafer Development"

Recipient of the E.W. Mueller Award for outstanding research in surface science, conferred by the Laboratory for Surface Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Laboratory Fellow, Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Affiliate Professor -- Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Washington.

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