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James Groves

James Groves

Associate Professor
Assistant Dean for Research and Outreach 
Director, Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia program

Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Virginia (1998) 
M.S. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia (1992) 
B.S. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science / Political Science, Duke University (1990) cum laude

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
116 Engineer's Way 
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
p: 434-924-6261
f: 434-924-4086


Research Interests

Through my research I seek to contribute unique material synthesis capabilities and understanding to the vapor deposition community. During the past decade, I have utilized my growing knowledge of vapor phase film growth to design and construct deposition equipment that can generate desired film structures and compositions. I have worked with scientists and engineers in academia and industry to apply the capabilities of my solutions for the creation of products that improve society. As I move forward, I am working to establish a balance between the development of fundamental vapor deposition knowledge and the application of that understanding to the creation of useful film products. I like to develop novel materials processing capabilities that build upon my unique insights into physical vapor deposition processes. Through both experimental and modeling studies of vapor deposition I seek to contribute to the materials community's understanding of coating syntheses for various applications. At present my research focuses upon the application of physical vapor deposition techniques to the nanoscale assembly of metal oxide materials.

Honors and Awards

J.F. Groves, R.K. Catalano, and M.E. Gorman, "Method of Surface Patterning at the Micro- and Nano-scale for Selected Biomaterial Adhesion," U.S. Patent Pending.

J.F. Groves, Y. Du, and R. Wortman, "Method and System for Focused Ion Beam Directed Self-assembly of Metal Oxide Island Structures," U.S. Patent Pending.

M. E. Gorman, J. F. Groves, and J. Shrager, "Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnology as a Trading Zone: Results from a Pilot Study," Chapter in Discovering the Nanoscale D. Baird, A. Nordmann & J. Schummer (eds.) (IOS Press Amsterdam) pp. 63-73 (2004).

Y. Du, A. Atha, R. Hull, J. F. Groves, I. Lyubinetsky, and D. R. Baer, "Guided Control of Cu2O Nanodot Self-Assembly on SrTiO3 (100)," Proc., 2004 MRS Spring Meeting, 811, pp. E.4.4.1-E.4.4.6, 2004.

Y. Du, S. Atha, R. Hull, J. F. Groves, I. Lyubinetsky, and D. R. Baer, "Focused Ion Beam Directed Self-Assembly of Cu2O islands on SrTiO3 (100)," Applied Physics Letters, 84(25), pp. 5213-5215, 2004.

M. E. Gorman, J. F. Groves, and R. K. Catalano, "Collaborative Research into the Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnology: A Model and Case Study," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 23(4), pp. 55-62, 2004.

M. E. Gorman and J. F. Groves, "Training Students to be Interactional Experts," Proceedings of the Workshop on Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, pp. 53-61, 2003.

V. Vijaykumar, N. Kansari, J.F. Groves, and J.C. Bean, “The Creation of Web-Based Interactive Experiments on Microelectronics for Early Engineering Students,” Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, v. 1, pp. T4F/3-T4F/8, 2002.

J.F. Groves and H.N.G. Wadley, “Deposition of Electron Beam Evaporant in a Low Vacuum Gas Flow Environment,” Book chapter in Innovative Processing of Films and Nanocrystalline Powders, Imperial College Press, Ed. K.L. Choy, pp. 253-287, 2002.