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Benjamin Dorfman

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Research Professor
108 Peyton Hall
Clarkson University
PO Box 5665
Potsdam, NY 13699-5665

Phone: 315-268-6621

Educational Background
D.Sc. Solid-State Physics and Technology, Inst. of Physics of Semiconductors, Russian Academy of Science, and Moscow Institute of Electronic Technique.
Ph.D. Thin Solid Films Physics and Physical Chemistry, Moscow Inst. of Electronic Controlling Machines and Institute of Fine Chemistry.
M.S. Physical Chemistry, Moscow Institute of Steel, Department of Physical Chemistry.

Honors and Awards

    * Gold Medal for the Best Technological Achievement of the USSR, 1989.
    * Medal "Inventor of the USSR".
    * Gold Medal for Distinguished Labor (1970)
    * Several Diplomas of Honor, including: For "Best scientific-popular book "At the Border of Millenniums, Moscow, 1982, "For scientific education of youth", For organization of All-Union conferences in Microelectronics (1970-80s)
    * "Meritorious Achievement Award" from the National Medal of Technology Program (U.S. Department of Commerce). Advisor of student team winner 2002-2003 Internet Sci. Tech. Fair (ISTF)

Research Interests

    * Stabilized non-equilibrium solids with hierarchical atomic arrangement
    * Synergetic thermal-impact activation of surface reactions and synthesis of synergetic forms of solid state, in particularly synergetic carbon
    * Carbon-carbon and metal-carbon composites of atomic-scale: synthesis, structures and non-classical physical properties
    * Principal limits of solid state technology and solid state electronics
    * New physical phenomena in computer elements

Recent Research Articles:

To the History of Discovery and the First Application of Giant Magnetic Resistance

Powerpoint Presentation

    * Part 1
    * Part 2
    * Part 3
    * Part 4

Professional Affiliation and Related Activity

    * 1991-1997: visiting scientist of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Professor of research of NY State University at Stony Brook, Polytechnic University, State University at Farmingdale.
    * Founded cross-disciplinary Seminar for technology in Moscow (1977-1990) which attracted many scientists, engineers, architects, and ecologists as a cross-disciplinary brainstorming and training base. Some of participated teams became winner of all-Union competitions in their respective fields.
    * Organized The USA-Russian Seminar for Science, Technology and Defense Conversion. The Seminar assembled 33 top representatives of Russian science and high-tech, 1994, N.Y.
    * Founder and in 1993-97 - Director of International Institute of Materials & Technologies at Polytechnic University, NY
    * Organized the Department of Natural Sciences and Technology in International Summer Young Scientific Camp (Pereslavle Zalesskii, Russia, 1989)
    * Read Lectures on Modern Technology in the range of intensive courses for leading physics and science teachers of the USSR.

Conducted Research On Theoretical

    * statistical micro-kinetic theory of thin films' growth
    * general mathematical theory of poly-nuclear multiphase anisotropic crystallization
    * dynamic contour representation of the growth front of crystals
    * relative shift of thermodynamic equilibrium during heteroepitaxial growth (both theory and experimental proof)
    * diffusion-drift instability in metal-dielectric-semiconductor devices
    * self-focusing and segregation in the incident particles' flux in the field of atomic irregularities of the substrate


    * semiconductor, superconductor, magnetic and holographic computer elements
    * epitaxy of germanium, silicon, gallium arsenide, gallium phosphide and mutual hetero-epitaxy of these semiconductors, including first dislocation-free p-n-junctions and super-fast epitaxial growth
    * diffusion-free mechanism of epitaxial growth, in particularly semiconductors
    * diamond-like carbon (from 1962), stabilized diamond-like carbon (from 1978), carbon-carbon and metal-carbon composites of atomic scale (from the middle of 1980s). Extensive applications of stabilized diamond-like carbon films in computers, especially for magnetic disks, in satellite and military electronics, sensors, microelectronic technology, medicine, as well as domestic goods in 1980-1990 in the former USSR and from 1992 in the USA
    * revealed mechanism of electromigration (1978)
    * invented immersion photolithography (1977) and successfully implemented in bubble-magnetic devices (1978, first working magnetic bubble memory in the USSR)
    * physical mechanisms of the semiconductor elements' failures
    * critical parameters of percolation in metal-dielectric diamond-like composites of atomic scale, including quantity proof of the theory in low-stress composites and giant shift of conductivity percolation threshold in high-stress composites
    * synergetic thermal-impact activation of surface reactions (also generalized Arrhenius' equation deduced)
    * atomic - to - mesoscopic scale structural transition in metal carbon diamondlike composites

System Analysis

    * System analysis of physical and technological limits of computer elements. Successful technical forecast allowed the former USSR to cancel superconducting computer projects as early as at the end of 1970-s, while simultaneously limiting gallium arsenide electronics and developing the chip-system concept from that time.
    * Defined the principle limits of the planar technology.
    * Predicted the key role of interconnection technology for future development of IC (in 1972-1978).

Professional Experience

    * 1992-2004 Chief Scientist, Founder and Chairman of Atomic-Scale Design, Incorporated, the Independent Research Laboratory (ASD) + 1992-1995 - Senior scientist of Advanced Refractory Technology, Inc.
    * 1991, January - December. Head of Thin Solid Films Laboratory. Moltech Corporation, at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Labs., NY.
    * 1961-1990, December. Head and founder of Laboratory of Solid State Physics and Technology for New Generations of the computer Elements. Institute of Electronic Controlling Machines, Moscow, USSR.

Selected Patents

    * Method for Forming Diamond-Like Nanocomposite or Doped Diamond-Like Nanocomposite Fims, US Patent No 5,352,493, filed 5/3/1991, issued Oct/04/1994
    * Diamond-Like Metallic Nanocomposites, US Patent No5,466,431, filed 5/25/1994 with priority 5/3/1991, issued Nov/14/1995 (the two first listed patents are historically first in nanocomposites)
    * Hard Graphite-Like Material Bonded by Diamond Like Framework. US Patent No. 6,080,470, filed 6/17/1996, issued Jun/27/2000

Patents Pending

    * Stress-Strain Sensors and Smart Skin for Aircraft
    * Method and Apparatus for Dielectric Sensors and Smart Skin for Aircraft and Space Vehicles
    * High Alloy Metals Reinforced By Diamond-Like Framework and Method for Making the Same
    * Method and Apparatus for Fabricating Low-k Dielectrics, Conducting Films, and Strain-Controlling Confirmable Silica-Carbon Materials
    * Method and Apparatus for Trans-Zone Spattering

      NOTE: Visitors of this website, who may be interested in the above listed patents: please, address your inquires to Keith Blakely, CEO, NanoDynamics,

Selected Publications (1995-present)

Stabilized diamond-like carbon and composites of atomic scale

T.V. Murzina, R.V. Kapra, O.A. Aktsipetrov, and V.F. Dorfman, Atomic-to-mesoscopic scale structural transition in metal carbon diamondlike composites probed by second-harmonic generation APL, 4749-4751 (2003).

B.F. Dorfman, Stabilized sp2/sp3 Carbon and Metal-Carbon Composites of Atomic Scale as Interface and Surface-Controlling Dielectric and Conducting Materials. In: Handbook of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials (H. S. Nalwa Ed.), v.1, Academic Press, San Diego, 2001, pp. 447-508.

B.F. Dorfman, Critical Parameters of Percolation in Metal-Dielectric Diamondlike Composites of Atomic Scale, Thin Solid Films (TSF) 330, 76, 1998.

B.F. Dorfman, P.Asoka-Kumar, Fred H. Pollak., J.Z. Wan And Quing-Zhu, Hard Quasiamorphous Carbon - A Prospective Construction Material For Microelectromechanical Systems, Invited report. In Materials For Mechanical And Optical Microsystems, Symposium Proceeding Of Mrs,. 444, 15, Ed. By Michael L.Redd, Miko Elvenspoek, Stefan Johansson, Ernst Obermeier, Hiroyuki Fujita, Yuji Uenishi (1997).

Fred H. Pollak, Benjamin Dorfman, Atomic Force Microscopy Study of Diamond-like Atomic Scale Composites Films, Thin Sol.Films, 292, 173 (1997).

J.Z.Wan, Fred H. Pollak, B.F. Dorfman, Laser and Thermal Annealing Modification of Diamond-Like Atomic-Scale Composite Films Studied by Micro Raman Spectroacopy, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 441, 647 (1997).

J.Z.Wan, Fred H.Pollak, Benjamin F.Dorfman, Micro Raman Studies of Diamond-Like Atomic-Scale Composites Films Modified by Continuous Wave Laser Annealing, J. Appl. Physics, 81(1997) 6407.

P. Asoka-Kumar, B.F. Dorfman, M.G. Abraizov, D. Yan and Fred Pollak, Positron Annihilation Studies of Diamond-like Nanocomposite Films, J.Vac.Sci. Technology, American Vacuum Society, A13(3), (1995), 1044-1047.

P. Asoka-Kumar, B.F. Dorfman, M.G. Abraizov, D. Yan and Fred Pollak, Positron Annihilation Studies of Diamond-like Nanocomposite Films, J.Vac.Sci. Technology, American Vacuum Society, A13(3), (1995), 1044-1047.

B.F. Dorfman, Atomic-Scale Composite Diamond-Like Coatings. Coatings for Aerospace Industry, CAI-4, 4-th International Seminar, Toronto, Canada. October 1995. 47-51

O.A. Volokhovskaya, V.F. Dorfman, Yu.G. Martynenko, V.V. Podalkov, The Determination of Effective Elastic Constants of Diamond-Like Films With Dispersed Metal, Applied Physics, in Russian, 1995, v.4, 51

Books in series "Science-popular for professional" (in Russian)
Hidden Harmony of the Frozen Chaos. "Znanie", Moscow, 1995

General Publications
Wings of Creative Fantasy. Education for Future by Future Problem Solution. First Books Library, 1999.