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Steven May

Steven May

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor

Contact Information

LeBow 332C
Oxide Films & Interfaces Group


  • PhD (Mat. Sci. Eng.) 2007, Northwestern University
  • BS (Eng. Sci.) 2002, Penn State University

Professional  History

  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Selected Honors and Awards

  • ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, 2015
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society, 2014
  • ARO Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award (DMR-Ceramics), 2012

Selected Publications

  1. A. K. Choquette, C. R. Smith, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, E. J. Moon, M. D. Scafetta, E. Di Gennaro, F. Miletto Granozio, E. Karapetrova, and S. J. May, “Octahedral rotation patterns in strained EuFeO3 and other Pbnm perovskite films: Implications for hybrid improper ferroelectricity”, Physical Review B 94, 024105 (2016).
  2. A. L. Krick, C.-W. Lee, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, A. M. Rappe, and S. J. May, “Interplay between cation and charge ordering in La1/3Sr2/3FeO3 superlattices”, Advanced Electronic Materials 2, 1500372 (2016).
  3. A. Huon, A. C. Lang, D. Saldana-Greco, J. S. Lim, E. J. Moon, A. M. Rappe, M. L. Taheri, and S. J. May, “Electronic transition above room temperature in CaMn7O12 films”, Applied Physics Letters 107, 142901 (2015).
  4. E. J. Moon, R. Colby, Q. Wang, E. Karapetrova, C. M. Schlepütz, M. R. Fitzsimmons, and S. J. May, “Spatial control of functional properties via octahedral modulations in complex oxide superlattices”, Nature Communications 5, 5710 (2014).
  5. Y. J. Xie, M. D. Scafetta, E. J. Moon, A. L. Krick, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, S. J. May, “Electronic phase diagram of epitaxial La1-xSrxFeO3 films”, Applied Physics Letters 105, 062110 (2014).
  6. A. Bhattacharya and S. J. May, “Magnetic oxide heterostructures”, Annual Review of Materials Research 44, 65 (2014).
  7. Y. J. Xie, M. D. Scafetta, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, E. J. Moon, R. C. Devlin, H. Wu, A. L. Krick, and S. J. May, “Control of functional responses via reversible oxygen loss in La1-xSrxFeO3-d films”, Advanced Materials 26, 1434 (2014).
  8. E. J. Moon, Y. J. Xie, E. D. Laird, D. J. Keavney, C. Y. Li, and S. J. May, “Fluorination of epitaxial oxides: Synthesis of perovskite oxyfluoride thin films”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 136, 2224 (2014).
  9. J. M. Rondinelli, S. J. May, and J. W. Freeland, “Control of octahedral connectivity in perovskite oxide heterostructures: An emerging route to multifunctional materials discovery”, MRS Bulletin 37, 261 (2012).
  10. S. J. May, J.-W. Kim, J. M. Rondinelli, E. Karapetrova, N. A. Spaldin, A. Bhattacharya, and P. J. Ryan, “Quantifying octahedral rotations in strained perovskite oxide films”, Physical Review B 82, 014110 (2010).