Patrick Ponath has won the 2015 PCSI (Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces Conference) Young Scientist Award for his work on integrating ferroelectrics with Ge. The paper has been published in Nature Communications and has been written about in EE Times.
In 2010 Patrick received his B.Sc. in physics from the Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, graduated with a MA in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and joined the Advanced Atomic Design Lab with Dr. Alex Demkov in 2012. Currently, he is doing research on the epitaxial growth of barium titanate (BaTiO3) on germanium substrates using molecular beam epitaxy. Additional spectroscopic and diffraction measurements are carried out to determine the quality and polarization of the ferroelectric BaTiO3 films. In conjunction with germanium, BaTiO3 is an excellent candidate for a ferroelectric field effect transistor with applications in nonvolatile logic and memory devices.