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Emeritus Faculty

Beth Opila

William A. Jesser

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Physics; University of Virginia, 1966
M.S. Physics; University of Virginia, 1964
B.S. Physics; University of Virginia, 1962

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall Room 216
p: 434-982-5654
f: 434-982-5660
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Research Interests


Epitaxial thin films, nanoparticles, semiconductor materials, surface thermodynamics

Professonal Experience and Memberships


Lecturer, 1966-1967, Department of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Visiting Professor, Summer 1978, Department of Metallurgy, Nagoya University, Japan

Visiting Professor, June 1982, June 1987, Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, So. Africa

Visiting Professor, Summer 1987, Summer 1993 Department of Physics, Univ. of So. Africa

Visiting Professor, June 1990 Huna University, Department of Physics, Changsha P.R. China

Honors and Awards


Virginia Engineering Foundation Distinguished Service Award 2004

ASM Fellow 1995

UVa, Gwathmey Research Award 1966

Gifu Dental Society Certificate of Recognition 1978

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship 1978

UVa Mac Wade Service Award 1999

Selected Publications


On the Measurement of Lattice parameters of Nanoparticles by Transmission Electron Diffraction by C.T. Schamp and W.A. Jesser, Ultramicroscopy 103 (2005) pp.165-172.

Solid-liquid equilibria in nano particles of Pb-Bi Alloys by W.A. Jesser, R.Z. Shneck and W.W. Gile Physical Review B 2004 69 (14), pp. 144121/1-13

Misfit Accommodation by Screw Dislocations by W.A. Jesser and C.T. Schamp, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, Vol 58 (2) 2003 pp.135-140.

Effects of Heat and Electron Irradiation on the Melting Behavior of Al-Si Alloy Particles and Motion of the Al Nanosphere Withing by J.M. Howe, T. Yokota, M. Murayama and W.A. Jesser, Journal of Electron Microscopy Vol 53 (2) (2004) pp. 107-114.

Fractional Brownian motion of a submicron solid Al sphere in liquid Al-Si alloy under electron-beam irradiation by T. Yokota, M. Murayama, J.M. Howe, and W.A. Jesser, J. Appl. Phys. 2004 95 (10), pp. 5756-5761.

Optoelectronic Device Performance on Reduced Threading Dislocation Density GaAs/Si by P.J. Taylor, W.A. Jesser, J.D. Benson, M. Martinka, J.H. Dinan, J. Bradshaw, M. Lara-Taysing, R.P. Leavitt, G. Simonis, W. Chang, W.W. Clark, III and K.A. Bertness, J. Appl. Phys, 89 (8) pp. 4365-4375.

Misfit Accommodation by Complaint Substrates by W.A. Jesser, J.H. Van derMerwe and P.M. Stoop, J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 85, No. 4, February 1999 pp. 2129-2139.

Equilibrium Phase Diagrams of Isolated Nano-Phases by W.A. Jesser, G.J. Shiflet, G.L. Allen, and J.L. Crawford, Materials Research Innovations, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1999, pp. 211-216