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Joel Brock

Research Thrust Leader - Complex Oxides
Applied and Engineering Physics

After receiving his doctoral degree, Brock spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then joined the Cornell faculty in 1989. He served as Director of the School of Applied & Engineering Physics from 2000-2007. At Cornell, he is affiliated with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2), and is Director of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). He is a member of the American Crystallography Association, the Materials Research Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Materials Society. Brock is a fellow of the American Physical Society.


The Brock Group's primary research focus is using x-ray diffraction techniques to probe specific processes that occur in the solid state of materials. Specifically, focused on the kinetic processes occurring during Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) of complex oxide thin films.