Charles W. Myles: Research Collaborators (with Web links)
Clathrate Semiconductor ResearchSemiconductor Switch Research.

Clathrate Semiconductor Research
George S. Nolas (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL): Current Experimental Collaborator: (Growth & Characterization)

Jan Gryko (Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL): Past Experimental Collaborator: (Growth & Characterization)

Chris Kendziora (Naval Research Laboratoy): Past Experimental Collaborator: (Optical Characterization)

Otto Sankey (Arizona State University [ASU], Tempe, AZ): Past Theoretical Collaborator
      I began my interest in clathrate semiconductor research when I was a visitor to Otto's group while I was on sabbatical at ASU in Spring, 2000 Otto & I have a DOUBLE Academic Family connection! Like me, early in his career, he was Pete Fedders' PhD Student & Jack Dow's post-doc.
Some Sankey Quantum Mechanics Quotes.

Jianjun (JJ) Dong (Auburn University, Auburn, AL): Past Theoretical Collaborator
      I worked extensively on clathrates with JJ while I was on sabbatical at ASU in Spring, 2000.  At that time, he was Otto Sankey's post-doc. 
JJ & I also have a DOUBLE Academic Family connection! His PhD advisor was Dave Drabold, another one of Pete Fedders' PhD Students. His post-doc supervisor was Otto Sankey.

Semiconductor Switch Materials Research
Harry Hjalmarson, (Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM) Theoretical Collaborator & Project Director
      For many years, Harry played the leading role in the theory & the simulation of  photoconductive switches at Sandia. As part of this project, he was able to fund some of my work at Texas Tech. This funding went mainly to the support of 2 of my students (Samsoo Kang, PhD, 1998 & Ken Kambour, PhD, 2003). Unfortunately, this funding has now ended. Harry & I have known each other & have been friends since we both were in Jack Dow's group (Harry was a PhD student & I was a post-doc) at the U. of Illinois-Urbana in 1977 & 1978 (further mention of Jack Dow is below)

Ken Kambour, (Sandia) My Former PhD Student
      Ken was my graduate student. He finished his PhD in 2003. He has a staff position at  at Sandia. He continues with some work related to  simulation of photoconductive semiconductor switch behavior at high electric fields.

Fred Zutavern(Sandia)  Fabrication & Characterization of Semiconductor Switches
      Fred is an experimentalist. He & I have been friends for several years. He has done much work on fabricaton & characterization of photoconductive semiconductor switches, especially GaAs-based switches.
Semiconductor Switch Device Research
Martin Gundersen (University  of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA): Fabrication, Characterization & Simulation
      Martin was the Principal Investigator on the MURI Compact Pulsed Power Program. I shared some of this funding during 2001-2006. He & I also had an earlier collaboration (starting in the early 1980's) which lasted for about a decade. Along with his students, we published 9 papers together from 1983-1992! These were mainly on the properties of defects in semiconductors. During that period, I also played a role in the supervision of 4 of his PhD students.
      Martin has also been a technical consultant on Hollywood movies & TV shows. He is the only person I know who has actually appeared in a movie! (Real Genius, 1985. This fairly silly movie is considered "classic" by some people. It likely appeals only to those of us who might be considered "nerds".)

Some Past Collaborators

Pete (Peter) Fedders (My PhD Advisor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO; now retired!)
      I owe Pete A LOT for mentoring me early in my career & for providing me the foundation to have a successful career!
       He & I published 9 papers together from 1972-1995! These were on a variety of topics ranging from magnetic resonance and magnetic materials to electronic properties of semiconductors and semiconductor alloys.
      Pete had a very distinguished ~40 year career in theoretical/computational condensed matter/materials physics. His PhD dissertation (Harvard, 1965) was on anti-ferromagnetism in chromium. His postdoc (Princeton, 1965-68) was spent developing a theory of metallic surfaces. He arrived at Washington U. in 1968. There, he studied & published on an amazingly wide variety of theoretical topics in magnetism, magnetic resonance, ultrasonic magnetic resonance, solid molecular hydrogen, semiconductor physics, & semiconductor alloys. Most of last several years of his career were devoted to various aspects of the theory of amorphous silicon & related materials.
      After his retirement, Pete & his wife Cindy moved to San Diego, CA. There, he is enjoying life without much physics. They live in La Jolla, which is a very beautiful, but very expensive area. He spends considerable time working on his hobby, which is researching the history of World War I aviation, including air battles & fighter plane design. I understand that he has published some of his historical research and that he has presented some of it at historical conferences. He has also appeared on the History Channel to discuss some of his findings. Some of his spare time is spent serving as a volunteer Docent (on previous link, see pararaph 3, "WWI in the Air") at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He also uses some of his time building models of World War I aircraft.
      Some Pete Fedders Physics Quotes. Links to pictures of some Pete Fedders' Academic "Descendents": Page 1, Page 2.

Charley Ebner (An early collaborator& mentor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH;  now retired!).
      I also owe Charley A LOT for his mentoring of me when I was a post-doc at Battelle!
       He & I published 9 papers together from 1975-1981! These were on the properties (magnetic resonance & neutron scattering) of solid molecular hydrogen.

Jack Dow (My post-doctoral supervisor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL; now at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)
      I definitely owe Jack A LOT. Without his influence, I likely would not have started research on semiconductors! I also might have ended up "stuck" in Europe with no job after my Swiss post-doc. He & I published 6 papers together from 1979-1984! These were on the properties (electronic & vibrational) of disordered alloys.

Jean Buttet (My post-doctoral supervisor at École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne  [EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Lausanne, Switzerland; now retired!)
     Jean & I published 3 papers together from 1977-1982! These were on the electronic properties of small metallic particles.
      I also owe Jean  A LOT, both professionally & personally. He gave me the chance of a lifetime by hiring me for a 2-year post-doc at EPFL in the beautiful city of Laussane, on picturesque Lake Geneva, in the French speaking part of Switzerland. In addition to a unique professional experience, living there for 2 years was a wonderful experience  for Barbara & me. The personal highlight of our time there was, of course, the fact that our son, Chris, was born while we were there! Another major benefit of our having lived there was that both Barbara & I ended up being able to understand & speak French at a fairly reasonable level.

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