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Philip Rack

Materials Science and Engineering, UT


Dr. Philip D. Rack is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Rack received his B.Sc. Magna Cum Laude in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 1997. He worked for one year as a Research Scientist at Advanced Vision Technology Inc., and was an Assistant Professor in The Microelectronic Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2001. His research interests include nanoscale electron stimulated processing, thin film deposition, and electronic, optoelectronic and biological materials and devices. He has authored 2 book chapters, 3 invited review articles and 60 technical papers and has given over 80 invited or contributed presentations.


Combinatorial thin film synthesis for rapid materials discovery

Materials integration and nanofabrication for advanced device application

Nanoscale focused electron beam stimulated processing

Awards and Recognitions

Leonard G. Penland Chair of the College of Engineering - 2011

Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement - 2011

College of Engineering Allen & Hoshall Engineering Faculty Award - 2011

University of Tennessee College of Engineering Research Fellow Award - 2009

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Research Award - 2009


Joo Hyon Noh, Jiyong Noh, Eric Kreit, and Jason Heikenfeld, Philip D. Rack, Toward active-matrix lab-on-chip: programmable electrofluidic control enabled by arrayed oxide thin film transistors, Lab on a Chip

H. M. Wu, L. Stern, J. H. Chen, M. Huth, C. H. Schwalb, M. Winhold, F. Porrati, C. M. Gonzalez, R. Timilsina and P. D. Rack, Synthesis of Nanowires via Helium and Neon Focused Ion Beam Induced Deposition with the Gas Field Ion Microscope, Nanotechnology vol. 7 no. 17 175302 (pp.1-8) (May 2013)

R. Timilsina, D.A. Smith, P.D. Rack, A Comparison of Neon versus Helium Ion Beam Induced Deposition via Monte Carlo Simulations, Nanotechnology, vol. 22, no. 11, 115302 (pp.1-9) (March 2013)

R. Sachan, C. Gonzalez, O. Dyck, Y. Wu, H. Garcia, S. Pennycook, P.D. Rack, G. Duscher, and R. Kalyanaraman, Enhanced Optical Absorption within ultra-thin Si Films embedded with silicide nanostructures, Nanomaterials and Energy, vol. 2, no. 1, pp 11-19 (January 2013)

N.A. Roberts, G.A. Magel, J.D. Fowlkes, C.D. Hartfield, T.M. Moore, P.D. Rack, Enhanced Purity and Resolution via Synchronized Laser Assisted Electron Beam Induced Deposition of Platinum, Nanoscale, vol.5 no. 1 pp 408-415 (January 2013)

Jason D. Fowlkes, Lou Kondic, Javier Diez, Alejandro Gonzalez, Yueying Wu, Nick A. Roberts, Cliff E. McCold, and Philip D. Rack, Parallel Assembly of Particles and Wires on Substrates by Dictating the Evolution of Instability in Liquid Metal Films, Nanoscale, vol.4 no. 23 pp. 7376-7382 (December 2012) image selected for journal cover

J. T. McKeown, N. A. Roberts, J.D. Fowlkes, T.B. LaGrange, B.W. Reed, G.H. Campbell, Y. Wu, P.D. Rack, Real-Time observation of nanosecond liquid-phase assembly of nickel nanoparticles via pulsed-laser heating, Langmuir, vol. 28 no. 49 pp.17168-17175 (November 2012)

Trung Dac Nguyen, Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera, Jason D. Fowlkes, Javier A. Diez, Alejandro G. Gonzalez, Lou Kondic, and Philip D. Rack, Competition between collapse and breakup in nanometer-sized thin rings using molecular dynamics and continuum modeling, Langmuir vol. 28 no. 39 pp.13960-13967 (October 2012) 

J.D. Fowlkes, S.R. Horton, M. Fuentes-Cabrera, P.D. Rack, Signatures of the Rayleigh-Plateau Instability Revealed by Imposing Synthetic Perturbations on Nanometer Liquid Metals on Substrates, Angewandte Chemie vol. 51 no. 35 pp. 8768-8772 (August 2012) 

N.A. Roberts, G.A. Magel, J.D. Fowlkes, C.D. Hartfield, T.M. Moore, P.D. Rack, In situ laser processing inside a scanning electron microscope, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A vol. 6 no. 4 pp. 041404(1-6) (July 2012)

Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera1, Bradley H. Rhodes, Michael I. Baskes, Humberto Terrones, Jason D. Fowlkes, Michael L. Simpson, and Philip D. RackControlling the velocity of jumping nanodroplets via their initial shape and temperature, ACS Nano vol. 5 no. 9 pp 7130-7136 (Sept, 2011).

J. D. Peak, C.L. Melcher, P.D. RackInvestigating the luminescence properties as a function of activator concentration in single crystal cerium doped Lu2SiO5: Determination of the configuration coordinate model, Journal of Applied Physics vol. 110 no. 1 pp. 013511(1-11) (July 2011).

Jason D. Fowlkes, Yueying Wu, Javier Diez, Lou Kondic, Philip D. Rack, Self– versus Directed– assembly of Nanoparticles via Pulsed Laser Induced Dewetting of Patterned Metal Films, Nano Letters vol. 11 no. 6  pp. 2478-2585(June 2011).

Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera, Bradley H. Rhodes, Jason D. Fowlkes, Alejandro López-Benzanilla, Humberto Terrones, Michael L. Simpson, and Philip D. RackMolecular dynamics study of the de-wetting of copper on graphite and graphene: implications for nanoscale self-assembly, Physical Review E vol. 83 pp. 041603(1-10) (April 2011).

Yueying Wu, Jason D. Fowlkes, Philip D. RackThe Optical Properties of Cu-Ni Nanoparticles Produced via Pulsed Laser Dewetting of Ultrathin Films: The Effect of Nanoparticle Size and Composition on the Plasmon Response, Journal of Materials Research Vol. 26 no 2 pp. 277-287 (January 2011).

Seyeoul Kwon, Joo Hyon Noh, Jiyong Noh, and Philip D. RackQuantitative Calculation of Oxygen Incorporation in Sputtered IGZO Films and the Impact on Transistor Properties, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 158 no 3, pp. H289-H293 (January 2011).

Raphael Clearfield, Justin G. Railsback , Ryan C. Pearce, Dale K. Hensley, Jason D. Fowlkes, Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera, Michael L. Simpson, Philip D. Rack, Anatoli D. Melechko, Reactive solid-state dewetting of Cu-Ni films on silicon, Applied Physics Letters Vol. 97 pp. 253101(1-3) (December 2010).  Also selected for publication for the January 3, 2010 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.

Ping Chen, Emile van Veldhoven, Colin Sanford, Huub Salemink, Diederik Maas, Daryl A. Smith, Philip D. Rack, and Paul Alkemade, Nanopillar growth by focused helium ion beam induced deposition, Nanotechnology Vol. 21 no. 45, 455302 (1-7) (November 2010).

Elena Garlea, Hahn Choo, Gongyao Wang, Peter Liaw, Bjorn Clausen, Donald Brown, Jungwon Park, Philip D. Rack, and Edward Kenik, Hydride-phase formation and its influence on fatigue crack propagation behavior in a Zircaloy-4 alloy, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, Vol. 41A   no. 11   pp. 2816-2828 (November 2010).

Joo Hyon Noh, Maxim Nikiforov, Sergei V. Kalinin, Alexey A. Vertegel, Philip D. Rack Nanofabrication of Insulated scanning probe microscopy for electromechanical imaging in liquid solutions, Nanotechnology Vol. 21 no.36 pp. 365302 (11pp) (September 2010).

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