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R. Bruce van Dover

Materials Science and Engineering

R. Bruce van Dover received his Ph.D. degree (1980) in Applied Physics from Stanford following a B.S. degree (1974) in Electrical Engineering/Engineering Physics from Princeton (summa cum laude). In 1980 he joined Bell Laboratories, (Murray Hill, NJ) where he conducted research in the science and technology of superconducting, magnetic, and electronic materials and devices. In 2002 he joined Cornell University as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering to more fully engage his interest in undergraduate and graduate education He has been highly productive during his career with over two hundred research publications, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, and over thirty US Patents as well as many patents issued overseas. He has lectured on these materials in Europe, Japan, and across the US at many universities and topical conferences, as well as for general audiences. His research has had an enormous impact, as evidenced by over 12000 cumulative citations, averaging 68 citations per publication, with an "h-index" of 49 (i.e., 49 publications with at least 49 citations), as reported by ISI. He is included on the ISI "highly cited" list ( His research group currently comprises ten undergraduates and nine graduate students. He actively participates in professional society activities, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was pleased to serve as a founding Officer of the Topical Group on Magnetism and Its Applications, a unit of the American Physical Society.


Prof. van Dover's research is currently focused on exploring the properties of dielectric, optical, magnetic, and intermetallic thin films. In many cases we exploit high-throughput techniques to facilitate the understanding of novel materials. We also use high-throughput techniques-specifically thin film composition spreads-to discover new materials, exploring chemical systems that have not been thoroughly mapped by conventional one-off experiments, and for which there is neither empirical nor theoretical guidance regarding structure/composition/property relations.