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Orlando Auciello
Professor-Materials Science & Engineering, Department of
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4731    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.PhysicsNational University of Cuyo1976
 M.S.PhysicsNational University of Cuyo1973
  Electronic EngineeringNational University of Cordoba1970
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Research Areas
Auciello is directing several basic and applied research programs on different fields, namely: 1) science and technology of multi-component oxide thin films and application to devices (ferroelectric memories, nanoscale CMOS devices, photovoltaic energy generation / storage devices, high-frequency devices, piezoelectric thin films for MEMS/NEMS devices (sensors and actuators); 2) fundamental and applied science and technology of a novel ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) film, developed and patented at Argonne, and application to multifunctional devices (RF MEMS/NEMS, electron field emitters, implantable biomedical devices (artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration), biosensors, mechanical pump seals). The UNCD film technology is now commercialized by Advanced Diamond Technologies, a Company founded by Auciello and colleagues and spun-off from Argonne in 2004.
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"Thin-film Hermetic Bio-inert Encapsulating Coatings for Implantable Microchips", O. Auciello and B. Shi, in "Implantable Neural Prostheses: Techniques and Applications" edited by David D. Zhou and Elias Greenbaum, Springer (in press, 2009).
Book chapters
"Are Diamonds a MEMSBest Friend?", O. Auciello, S. Pacheco, A.V. Sumant, C. Gudeman, S. Sampath, A. Datta, R.W. Carpick, V.P. Adiga, P. Zurcher, Z. Ma, H.C. Yuan, J.A. Carlisle, B. Kabius, J. Hiller, IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 8, (2008) 61-75
Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Film as an Optimal Cell Interface for Biomedical Applications", P. Bajaj, D. Akin, A. Gupta, D. Sherman, B. Shi, O. Auciello, and R. Bashir, Biomedical Microdevices vol. 9 (No6) (2007), 787-794.
"Growth and Characterization of Transparent Pz(ZrTi)O3Capacitor on Glass Substrate", K.K. Uprety, L.E. Ocola, and O. Auciello, J. Appl. Phys. 102 (2007) 084107.
"Piezoelectric/Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Heterostructures for High-Performance Multifunctional Micro/Nanoelectromechanical Systems", S. Sudarsan, J. Hiller, B. Kabius, O. Auciello, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 (2007) 134101.
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Vacuum Society
Materials Research Society
IEEE Society
The Planetary Society
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Professional Activities
Scienific Societies Positions
  • Elected Councilor of the MRS (2000-2003)
  • Co-Chair International Relations Committee (MRS-USA) (2003-2010)
Journals Editorship
  • Associate Editor, Applied Physics Letters (2000-present)
  • Associate Editor, Integrated Ferroelectrics (1997-present)
  • Member Editorial Board, Vacuum (1994-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Materials Research (MRS-USA) (2002-2010)
  • Member Editorial Board, MRS Bulletin 1998.
  • Member of the first annual MRS Bulletin organizing board (MRS, 1998).
Books and Books Series Editorship
  • Editor Book Series (Academic Press): "Science and Technology of Multifunctional Thin Films",O. Auciello and R. Ramesh (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003-present.
  • Editor Book Series (Academic Press): "Plasma-Materials Interaction", O. Auciello and D.L. Flamm (Eds.), Academic Press, 1988-1996.
  • Books Edited: 19
  • Permanent Co-Chair of the International Symposium on Integrated Functionalities (2004-present)
Industrial Entrepreneurial Activities
Co-Founder of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. This company was co-founded by O. Auciello, J.A. Carlisle, and Neil Kane in 2004. This is a company spun-off from a National Laobratory to commercialize the ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin film technology developed and patented at Argonne. The founders were able to pioneer the first breakthrough model for spinning-off a company from a National Laboratory, whereby DOE approved that the founding scientist and Argonne have equity in the company. This activity started a new model for spinning-off companies from National Laboratories, and other companies were spun-off using the model pioneered by the Argonne scientists (2004-present).
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc: Technology and commercialization of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films”(Co-Founderand consultant, 2004- present)
Paratek, Inc, USA : Science and Technology of Thin Films for High-Frequency Devices, (2005-2008)
Plenary, Keynote, and Invited Speaker at National and International Conferences Invites Speaker at Institutions worldwide

  • 2010 Named Argonne Distinguished Fellow 
  • 2009 Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society
  • Elected Fellow of the AAAS
  • R&D Editors’ Choice Top 100 Award selected among all 100 Awards given in 2009, for development of an artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration
  • R&D 100 Award, for development of an artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration
  • 2008 University of Chicago Distinguished Performance Award
  • R&D 100 Award (2008): for breakthrough commercialization of ultrananocrystalline diamond-coated mechanical pump seals
  • 2007 Prof. “Honoris Causa” of National University of Cordoba-Argentina
  • 2006 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award: for breakthrough transfer of ultra-nanocrystallilne diamond film technology from a national laboratory to the market
  • 2003 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award R&D 100 Award (2003): for development of large area ultrananocrystalline diamond UNCD)/IPLAS technology developed
  • 2000 International Symposium of Integrated Ferroelectrics Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 1998 Materials Research Society Recognition, for outstanding contributions to the MRS as one of the first three members of the MRS Bulletin Volume Organizer Team (1998).
  • 1997 DOE-BES Award, for Significant Implication for Department of Energy Related Technologies.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Year Award, for outstanding research on ferroelectric thin films and coatings for field emission devices.
  • 1995 R. Bunshah Award (American Vacuum Society), for work on "In Situ, Real-Time Characterization of Film Growth Processes Using a Novel Time-of-Flight Ion Beam Surface Analysis Technique"

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