CCNY Chemistry Professor Maria Tamargo to Get MBE Innovator Award

CCNY chemistry professor Maria Tamargo is the winner of the 2017 MBE Innovator Award. Chemistry professor Maria Tamargo’s molecular beam epitaxy research at The City College of New York rates among the most innovative and could potentially prove influencial in the field.

Professor Maria Tamargo of CCNY wins MBE Innovator Award

Professor Maria Tamargo of CCNY wins MBE Innovator Award

The North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Advisory Board has selected CCNY chemistry professor Maria Tamargo as its 2017 MBE Innovator Award recipient. She will receive the award in October at the North American MBE Conference (NAMBE) in Galveston, Texas.Founded in 2004, this international award recognizes individuals whose innovative work has advanced the field of molecular beam epitaxy. Recipients are highly distinguished scientists and engineers whose work must have had/or continues to have a vital impact on the advancement of MBE technology.

Tamargo’s Research Relates to III-V Materials Used in Optoelectronic Devices

The professor’s research relates to the development of III-V materials for quantum cascade lasers, strained-layer and short-period superlattices, surface and interface chemistry, visible light emitters, and optoelectronic devices. Tamargo has a long list of publications and at least 20 patents that list her as one of the inventors.

Tamargo will receive a plaque and a $3,000 prize and will be given the opportunity to deliver an invited talk at the NAMBE Conference.

Her citation reads:

“For advancing the growth of wide bandgap II-VI semiconductors by molecular beam epitaxy and demonstrating their unique physical properties and potential novel device applications.”

In addition to her faculty position in City College’s Division of Science, Tamargo serves as the director of the National Science Foundation’s CREST Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low-dimensional Systems, known by the acronym IDEALS.