Meet Our Team

UD Nanofabrication Facility

The MGF community includes a full-time epitaxy engineer, 6 faculty/PIs, 6 support staff, and 12 expert-users. MGF researchers represent 5 different colleges and study a diverse range of materials, including metal/semiconductor nanocomposites, topological insulators, dilute bismuthides, hyperbolic metamaterials, magnetic tunnel junction heterostructures, heavy metal/ferromagnetic metal ultrafast spintronics, and quantum dot arrays.

Joshua Zide, Ph.D.

Joshua Zide, Ph.D.

Director, Materials Growth Facility

Email: zide@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-3244
Address: 204 DuPont Hall

Joshua is the director of the MGF and, with the co-director, is responsible for all aspects of MGF operations. He is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD). He currently serves as Graduate Program Director of MSE and is also an affiliate professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and his PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining the University of Delaware in 2007.

Stephanie Law, Ph.D.

Stephanie Law, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Materials Growth Facility

Email: slaw@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-4816
Address: 207 DuPont Hall

Stephanie is the co-director of the MGF and, with the director, shares responsibility for all aspects of MGF operations. She is currently an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD) and an affiliate professor in the UD Department of Physics and Astronomy. She received her B.S. degree in Physics in 2006 from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Physics in 2012 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 2014.

Christopher F. Schuck, Ph.D.

Christopher F. Schuck, Ph.D.

Epitaxy Engineer, Materials Growth Facility

Email: cschuck@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-7222
Address: 143A DuPont Hall

Christopher is responsible for managing all aspects of the MGF, conducting maintenance and calibrations of the materials growth systems and accessory equipment, developing recipes and techniques for research applications, and growing samples for external users. Christopher works closely with academic and industrial users to enable their research, providing expert guidance to existing and prospective users, and overseeing all training. He serves part-time in aircraft maintenance for the Air National Guard. He received his B.S. degree in Physics and Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University.

Crystal Mabon

Crystal Mabon

Administrative Assistant III

Email: cmabon@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-4325
Address: 170 ISE Lab

Crystal is the first point of contact to assist users with facility access to DIMR. She is primarily responsible for purchasing, monitoring accounts payable, and other administrative functions. Crystal has several years of experience handling financial and administrative transactions in corporate and higher education environments.

Cory Pfeffer

Cory Pfeffer

Business Administrator

Email: pfeffer@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-4019
Address: 250 BB ISE Lab

Cory is responsible for all of DIMR’s financial and human resources functions and oversees administrative functions. She also coordinates marketing efforts. Cory previously worked as an administrative coordinator at the Ohio State University for five years.

Margaret Kotch

Margaret Kotch

Business Administrator

Email: makotch@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-1156
Address: 170 ISE Lab

Margaret is responsible for the financial preparation, monitoring, and billing tasks for all the DIMR Facilities. Margaret was formerly a Senior Tax Accountant with Exelon and has twenty years of corporate tax accounting experience.

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