Nanoscale Thermal Property Mapping of Polymeric Materials Suitable for Electronic Applications
Research Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Appalachian State University
Lou Germinario was recently appointed Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Appalachian State University. His PhD in biophysics from The Catholic U. of America, Wash. D.C., led to the development of cryo-stages for in-situ SEM studies of hydrated gels. As an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. John Cowley at Arizona State U., novel cold stage designs were developed for cryo-EM studies using STEM and EELS. He was next awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. Michael Beer, at Johns Hopkins U. where organometallic complexes were developed for single atom imaging using a ‘Crewe-type’ FEG-STEM. He next joined the Dept. of Macromolecular Sciences, Case Western Reserve U. as Senior Research Associate and collaborated with Profs. Phillip Geil, John Blackwell, Jerome Lando and Jack Koenig. He has 28 yrs industrial experience at Eastman Chemical Co., where as Senior Research Associate, directed the microscopy and particle size analysis sections of the Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Lou’s current interests include scanned probe-based thermal analysis, confocal Raman, tip-enhanced near-field chemical imaging and ACEM-based heterogeneous catalyst characterization using in-situ MEMS-based heater and e-cell technology. He now applies this approach to developing concepts for improving the performance of polymeric materials for electronic applications. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and 13 patents.