Prof. Venkat Selvamanickam  

Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam is an M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professor of Physics at the University of Houston. He is also the Director of the Applied Research Hub of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TCSUH). Prior to joining UH, he was with SuperPower Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philips Electronics, for 14 years, up to the level of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Dr. Selvamanickam's research accomplishments include demonstration of a unique technology to fabricate single-crystalline-like films based on ion beam assisted deposition on flexible, polycrystalline substrates over length scales of more than a kilometer. This enabled his team to complete the world's first significant delivery (10,000 m) of thin film based high temperature superconducting (HTS) wire to build a 30 m cable for the DOE Flagship program of Albany Cable Project, which is the world's first demonstration of a second-generation HTS device in the electric power grid. Dr. Selvamanickam has developed thin film processing techniques for hetero-epitaxial growth of complex oxide materials such as perovskites, fluorites, bixbyites, pyrochlores, and rock-salts, by Ion Beam Sputtering, Magnetron Sputtering, E-beam Evaporation, Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD), and Pulsed Laser Ablation. He also developed a nano-scale (1 nm to 80 nm) 5-layer buffer architecture to achieve superior diffusion, epitaxy, texture, interfacial, and mechanical properties.

Dr. Selvamanickam received the Presidential Early Career Achievement (PECASE) Award in 1996 and is the only-ever award recipient outside academia or research laboratories. He has published 194 papers in several major journals & including book chapters and edited a book. He authored the most cited paper in superconductivity and the third-most cited in Physics during March-April 1990; more than 600 citations to date. He has 53 issued patents and 13 pending U.S. patents and over 80 pending international patents.

Dr. Selvamanickam's research at the University of Houston spans a wide range of advanced materials processing techniques for high-performance materials for energy and electronics applications such as high temperature superconducting thin film tapes, photovoltaics, flexible electronics and thermoelectrics. Unique, state-of-the-art equipment is available for thin film, roll-to-roll processing, semiconductor device fabrication, bulk processing, testing and characterization of complex materials.

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