Dr. Steven May has received tenure and been promoted to associate professor as of September 1, 2015. May joined Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering as assistant professor in the 2010 academic year. He earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2007. Prior to joining Drexel Materials, May was a postdoctoral research assistant at Argonne National Laboratory.
May’s research is focused on the discovery of new materials for the next generation of energy conversion, energy storage and electronic devices by applying molecular beam epitaxy to complex oxides, a fascinating class of materials already used in fuel cells, batteries and electronics. In addition to synthesis, his research group utilizes a range of characterization techniques including electrical, optical and structural measurements performed at Drexel, as well as advanced X-ray and neutron scattering performed at national laboratories. His research has been published in Nature Materials, Journal of Applied Physics and other reputable peer-reviewed journals.
May has received numerous prestigious awards in recognition of his teaching and research achievements including the ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers (2015), the American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award (2014), an ARO Young Investigator Award (2012) and an NSF CAREER Award (2012).