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Kalinin Receives Multiple Honors for His Work

Weston Fulton Chair Professor Sergei Kalinin was recently recognized by multiple organizations for his outstanding science and technical contributions in nanotechnology and microscopy.

Kalinin received three awards:

  • The Medard Welch award from AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding accomplishments in the fields of interest to AVS. The award was established in 1969 to commemorate the pioneering efforts of M.W. Welch in founding and supporting AVS. Kalinin received the honor, in recognition of transformational contributions to atomic- and nanoscale control of matter and development of machine-learning driven automated microscopy.” Ward Plummer, who was a professor at UT and hired Kalinin at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 22 years ago, was the recipient of the award in 2001.
  • The AVS NSTD Nanotechnology Recognition Award, which recognizes members of Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division (NSTD) for outstanding scientific and technical contributions in the science of fabrication, characterization, and fundamental research employing nanoscale structures, scanning probe microscopy, technology transfer involving nanoscale structures, and/or the promotion and dissemination of knowledge and development in these areas.
  • The American Ceramic Society’s Edward Orton, Jr. Lecture award. One of the society’s top honors, the award is presented by the invited lecturer at the ACerS annual meeting/MS&T. The lecture is named for benefactor and visionary General Edward Orton, Jr., who was the founder of ACerS and started the first Ceramic Engineering education program in America at Ohio State University in 1894.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported me, believed in me, and worked with me over the years,” Kalinin said. “These awards recognize 20 years of dynamic and exciting research projects that created band excitation and G-Mode SPM, electrochemical strain microscopy, theory of piezoresponse force microscopy, concept of ferroionic and antiferroionic states, direct electron beam atomic fabrication, and automated and autonomous microscopy for physical discovery.”

Prior to joining the staff at UT, Kalinin spent a year at Amazon (special projects) as a principal scientist, following 20 years at ORNL. He received his master’s degree from Moscow State University in 1998 and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

For the last 15 years, his research focuses on the applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in nanotechnology, atomic fabrication, and materials discovery via scanning transmission electron microscopy, as well as mesoscopic studies of electrochemical, ferroelectric, and transport phenomena via scanning probe microscopy. These directions are the focus of his research effort at UTK.

In November, Kalinin added a new position as joint faculty between UT and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he is the chief scientist, AI/ML for physical sciences.


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