Frances M. Ross  Frances M. Ross photo         

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Nanoscale Materials Analysis Department
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA



Frances M. Ross received her B.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University. Her postdoc was at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, using in situ electron microscopy to study oxidation of Si and dislocations in SiGe. She then joined the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she imaged anodic etching of Si and domain walls in ferroelectrics, as well as coordinating users of several of the microscopes. She later joined IBM, building a program around a TEM with in situ chemical vapour deposition, evaporation and focused ion beam capabilities, for which she developed a liquid cell, and a UHV mass-filtered focused ion beam/STM system. She has been a Visiting Scientist at Lund University and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. Her interests include liquid cell microscopy, epitaxy, nanowires, quantum dots, electrodeposition and thin film properties. She received the UK Institute of Physics Charles Vernon Boys Medal, the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the MSA Burton Medal and  the MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University. She has received several Technical Accomplishment Awards from IBM and an Outstanding Accomplishment Award in 2016 for her development of liquid cell transmission electron microscopy. She is a Fellow of the APS, AAAS, MRS, MSA and AVS and was an Outstanding Referee for APS. She is an author or co-author of over 130 journal articles and 7 patents, has given over 100 invited and plenary conference talks, and has organised meetings and symposia for MRS, MSA and the American Association for Crystal Growth. She has served on panels for National Laboratories, the NSF, DOE and NAS and currently is a member of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee.