Carol Handwerker

Carol Handwerker

Reinhardt Schuhmann Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: +1 765 49-40147
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Education

  • Sc.D. Ceramics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 1983
  • S.M. Ceramics, MIT, 1978
  • S.B. Material Science and Engineering, MIT, 1978
  • B.A. Art History, Wellesley College, 1973

Employment History

  • Purdue University, School of Materials Engineering, Professor - 2005 – present.
  • Chief, Metallurgy Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg MD - 1996 – 2005.
  • Group Leader – Materials Structure and Characterization Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology – 1994 - 1996.
  • Metallurgist – Metallurgical Processing Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology - 1986 - 1993.
  • NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Bureau of Standards - 1984 - 1985.
  • Max Planck Institut f?r Metallforschung – Stuttgart, Visiting Scientist at PML, September-October 1979; October 1985; Smithsonian Institution – Research Associate, Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Washington, DC, Research, Materials development in ancient technologies, June 1986 - June 1987.

Research Interests

Develop and apply thermodynamic and kinetic theory and experiments of phase transformations and interface motion to solve important industrial and scientific problems. Current research includes: Understanding how specific microstructures can be designed in poycrystalline materials and thin films by control of interface properties Developing models for how single crystal nanowires nucleate and grow using the VLS (vapor-liquid-solid) method Improving the manufacturing and reliability of the current generation of Pb-free solder interconnects on printed circuit boards Developing new nanoparticle-based interconnect structures for next generation circuit assembly

Research Interests and Recent Publications

Classes

  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • ENGR 103 - Materials that Impact our Lives: Electronics, Energy and the Environment

Graduate Students

Research Title: Thin Film Characterization and Stress Analysis on the Formation of Whisker in Pb-Free Sn-alloy Solder and Electroplated Films
Research Title: Hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide thin film for electronic and optical application