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Dr. Takeshi Egami

UT-ORNL Distinguished Scientist/Professor

Director, Joint-Institute for Neutron Sciences

Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania: Neutron and X-ray scattering, electronic oxides including superconducting cuprates, metallic glasses, theory of liquids and glasses 

Brief Bio

Dr. Egami received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  After the postdoctoral research at the University of Sussex, U.K. and Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976, to Professor in 1980, and was the Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1997 to 2002. He moved to the current position in 2003. He had guest appointments at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2002), KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization), Tsukuba, Japan (1998), Inst. for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (1993), IBM Almaden Research Lab, San Jose (1988), Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (1987), and Max-Planck-Institut fur Metallforschung, Institut fur Physik, Stuttgart, Germany (1979-80). Dr. Egami has authored or co-authored 1 book, about 20 full reviews and over 360 technical papers. He gave over 200 invited technical presentations at national and international conferences.

Research Areas

  • Neutron scattering research
  • High-temperature superconductivity
  • Electronic oxides
  • Structure and dynamics of liquids and glasses

Selected Awards and Honors

2010 J. D. Hanawalt Award, International Union of Crystallography, 2010, with S. J. L. Billinge (Special session at 2010 Denver X-Ray Conference, Denver, CO)

2006 Senior Researcher Prize, International Symposium on Metastable and Nano Materials (ISMANAM)

2003 Bertram Eugene Warren Diffraction Physics Award, Amer. Crystallographic Assoc (Festschrift in Z. Krstallogr. No. 3, 117-185 (2004)).

2002 John Wheatley Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Selected Publications

Books and Reviews:

1. “Underneath the Bragg Peaks: Structural Analysis of Complex Materials”, T. Egami and S. J. L. Billinge, Pergamon Materials Series Vol. 7, ed. Robert W. Cahn (Pergamon Press, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, 2003).

2. “Atomistic Theory of Metallic Liquids and Glasses”, T. Egami, in Bulk Metallic Glasses, ed. M. Miller and P. Liaw (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007), in press.

3. “Local Structure of Ferroelectric Materials”, T. Egami, Ann. Rev. Mater. Sci., 37, 297 (2007).

4. “Essential Role of the Lattice in the Mechanism of High Temperature Superconductivity”, T. Egami, in High TC Superconductors and Related Transition Metal Oxides: Special Contributions in Honor of K. Alex M|ller and the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, eds. A. Bussmann-Holder and H. Keller (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007) p. 103.

5. “Local Structure and Dynamics of Ferroelectric Solids”,  T. Egami, in Structure and Bonding, Vol. 124, Ferro-and Antiferroelectricity, eds. N. S. Dalal and A. Bussmann-Holder (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007) p. 69.


1. “Glass Transition in Metallic Glasses: A Microscopic Model of Topological Fluctuations in the Bonding Network”, T. Egami, S. J. Poon, Z. Zhang and V. Keppens, Phys. Rev. B, 76, 024203 (2007).

2. “Heavy-Fermion Behavior in Cerium Based Metallic Glasses”, M. B. Tang, H. Y. Bai, W.H. Wang, D. Bogdanov, K. Winzer, K. Samwer and T. Egami, Phys. Rev. B, 75, 172201 (2007).

3. “Lattice Effects in Superconducting Cuprates”,  T. Egami, Festschrift for V. Ginzburg (Invited), J. Supercond.: Incl. Novel Mag., 19, 203 (2006).

4. “Ground State Valency and Spin Configuration of the Ni Ions in Nickelates”, L. Petit, G. M. Stocks, T. Egami, Z. Szotek and W. M. Temmerman, Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, 146405 (2006).

5. “Glass Transition and Viscosity in Metallic Glasses and Liquids”, T. Egami, J. Alloys and Compounds, 434-435, 110 (2006).

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