Dr. David Diercks
Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
David R Diercks
Research Assistant Professor
B.S. Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign (1997).
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign (1999).
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas (2007).
2011-present Research Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
2010-2011 Adjunct Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2007-2011 Research Scientist and Manager of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), University of North Texas
2004-2007 Research Assistant, University of North Texas
1999-2004 Network Engineer, Level 3 Communications
1996-1999 Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
"Method For Preparing Specimens For Atom Probe Analysis and Specimen Assemblies Made Thereby" (submitted 8/11/08)
Scientific and Professional Societies
American Ceramic Society
Microscopy Society of America
Recent Publications and Presentations
Joseph R. Brewer, Robert M. Jacobberger, David R. Diercks, and Chin Li Cheung "Rare Earth Hexaboride
Nanowires: General Synthetic Design and Analysis Using Atom Probe Tomography" Chem. Mater., 23, 2606 (2011).
Somesree GhoshMitra, David R. Diercks, Nathaniel C. Mills, DiAnna L. Hynds, and Santaneel Ghosh "Excellent
biocompatibility of semiconductor quantum dots encased in multifunctional poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)
nanoreservoirs and nuclear specific labeling of growing neurons" Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 103702 (2011).
A. V. Svalov, G. V. Kurlyandskaya, V. O. Vas'kovskiy, A. N. Sorokin, and D. Diercks "Magnetoresistance in
nanostructured Tb/Ti and Tb/Si multilayers" J. Appl. Phys. 109, 023914 (2011).
P.R. Poudel, B. Rout, D.R. Diercks, Y.M. Strzhemechny, F.D. McDaniel "Fluence dependant formation of β -SiC by
ion implantation and thermal annealing" Appl Phys A, 104, 183 (2011).
D Diercks, G Lian, J Chung, M Kaufman "Comparison of convergent beam electron diffraction and geometric phase
analysis for strain measurement in a strained silicon device" J of Microsc, 241, 195 (2011).
Grant Hudish, David Diercks, Anita Garg, Ronald Noebe, Michael Kaufman "Phase Equilibria and Transformations in
the Ti-Pt and Ti-Pt-Ni Systems" Materials Science and Technology conference, Houston, TX, October 2010. Invited.
Brian P Gorman, David Diercks, Harvey L Guthrey "Atomic Scale Characterization of Interfaces and Phase
Transitions using Cross-Correlative TEM, Diffraction, and Atom Probe Tomography" Materials Science and
Technology conference, Houston, TX, October 2010. Invited.
D Diercks, G Lian, J Chung, M Kaufman "Direct Comparison of Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction and Geometric
Phase Analysis for Local Strain Measurement" Microsc Microanal 16, 742 (2010).
L. Kovarik, F. Yang, A. Garg, D. Diercks, M. Kaufman, R.D. Noebe, M.J. Mills "Structural analysis of a new
precipitate phase in high-temperature TiNiPt shape memory alloys" Acta Materialia, 54, 4660 (2010).
David Diercks, Andrey V. Svalov, Michael Kaufman, Vladimir O. Vaskovskiy, Galina V. Kurlyandskaya "Structure
and Electrical Resistivity of Sputtered Tb/Ti and Tb/Si Magnetic Multilayers" IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 46,
D.R. Diercks, M.J. Kaufman, R.B. Irwin, A. Jain, L. Robertson, J.W. Weijtmans, R. Wise "Using a <670> zone axis
for convergent beam electron diffraction measurements of lattice strain in strained silicon" J of Microsc, 239, 154
Santaneel Ghosh, Somesree GhoshMitra, Tong Cai, David R. Diercks, Nathaniel C. Mills, DiAnna L.
Hynds "Alternating Magnetic Field Controlled, Multifunctional Nano-Reservoirs: Intracellular Uptake and Improved
Biocompatibility" Nanoscale Research Letters 5, 195 (2010).
Mohammad H Maneshian, Ming-Te Lin, David Diercks, Nigel D Shepherd "Structural and electrical characterization
of ohmic contacts to graphitized silicon carbide" Nanotechnology, 20, 495703 (2009).
D.R. Diercks, B. P. Gorman, C.L. Cheung, G. Wang "Techniques for Consecutive TEM and Atom Probe Tomography
Analysis of Nanowires" Microsc Microanal 15(Suppl 2), 254 (2009).
Gonghua Wang, Joseph R. Brewer, Jie Ying Chan, David R. Diercks, and Chin Li Cheung "Morphological Evolution
of Neodymium Boride Nanostructure Growth by Chemical Vapor Deposition" J. Phys. Chem. C, 113, 10446 (2009).
David Diercks, Michael Kaufman, Alan Needleman "Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction Measurements of
Relaxation in Strained Silicon Using Higher Order Laue Zone Line Splitting" Journal of Applied Physics, 105, 063526
T. W. Scharf, D. R. Diercks, B. P. Gorman, S. V. Prasad, M. T. Dugger "Atomic Layer Deposition of Tungsten
Disulphide Solid Lubricant Nanocomposite Coatings on Rolling Element Bearings" Tribology Transactions 52, 284
Dave Diercks, "Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction in Materials Characterization" Florida American Vacuum
Society Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2009. Invited.
D.R. Diercks, M.J. Kaufman, A. Needleman "Simple Method for Estimating Relaxation in Silicon from Higher Order
Laue Zone Line Splitting" Microsc Microanal 14(Suppl 2), 850 (2008).
D.R. Diercks, M.J. Kaufman "Comparison of Zone Axes for Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction Strain
Measurements of a Strained Silicon Transistor" Microsc Microanal 14(Suppl 2), 852 (2008).
Brian P. Gorman, David R. Diercks, David Jaeger "3-D Cross-Correlation of Atom Probe and STEM Tomography"
Microsc Microanal 14(Suppl 2), 1042 (2008).
Brian P. Gorman, David Diercks, Norman Salmon, Eric Stach, Gonzalo Amador, Cheryl Hartfield "Hardware and
Techniques for Cross-Correlative TEM and Atom Probe Analysis" Microscopy Today 16(4), 42 (2008). Invited.
Brian P. Gorman, Anantha Puthucode, David R. Diercks, Michael J. Kaufman "Cross-correlative TEM and Atom
Probe Analysis of Precipitation in NiNbSn Metallic Glasses" Materials Science and Technology, 24 , 682 (2008).
Santaneel Ghosh, Arup Neogi, Chao Yang, Tong Cai, Somesree GhoshMitra, David Diercks, Zhibing
Hu "Thermoresponsive Hydrogel Microvalve Based on Magnetic Nanoheaters for Microfluidics" Mater. Res. Soc.
Symp. Proc. 1095, 1095-EE03-20 (2008).
David R. Diercks, "Using a Modern Research Center for Investigating Materials on the Nanoscale" Southeast
Missouri St., October 22, 2008. Invited.
• Mechanical properties and behavior of materials, especially at micro- and nano-scales
• Stress-driven failure in renewable energy materials
• Nanomechanical testing at elevated temperatures
• Traditional and novel microfabrication methods
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