Alumnus Dr. Siddha Pimputkar is recognized for early-career success in crystal growth

Congratulations to Materials alumnus Siddha Pimputkar, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, who is the recipient of the 2021 American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG) Young Scientist Award

The AACG comprises engineers, scientists, educators, students, and other professionals interested in all topics related to the area of crystal growth, including the theory and practice of crystal growth, crystal characterization and allied branches of sciences. This particular honor recognizes an early career scientist for outstanding scientific and technical contributions to the field of crystal growth. 

Pimputkar leads Lehigh’s MATS (Materials for Advanced Technologies & Sustainability) Group and his research focuses on synthesizing bulk and thin-film single-crystal, nitrogen-containing materials. In addition to developing a novel high pressure spatial chemical vapor deposition (HPS-CVD) tool allowing for improved thin-film growth of ternary or quaternary group-III nitride materials of current technological interest, he is developing innovative methods to overcome the challenges of synthesizing bulk, single-crystal boron nitride (BN) and other emerging materials that hold promise in applications such as next-generation ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors. 

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this prestigious early-career award,” he says. “I feel I am just at the beginning of a wonderful journey, and I am very grateful to be recognized for the work I have contributed to the community. While crystal growth requires both great patience and a bit of luck every now and then, having a strong and vibrant community to engage with makes the journey all the more worth it.”