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Ruxandra Costescu

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Born: 1977

Interests: materials science, electronic materials, physics, solid state, nanomaterials, thermal transport, thermal conductivity, semiconductor materials, electron microscopy

B.S. in materials science and engineering from U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1995. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UIUC. Studying, with Prof. David Cahill, the transport of heat across solid-solid interfaces and the thermal conductivity of nanostructured materials.

Selected publications:
• R. M. Costescu, D. G. Cahill, F. H. Fabreguette, Z. A. Sechrist, S. M. George. Ultra-Low Thermal Conductivity in W/Al2O3 Nanolaminates. Science, 303 (5660), pp. 989-990, 2004.
• Ruxandra M. Costescu, Marcel A. Wall, and David G. Cahill. Thermal conductance of epitaxial interfaces. Physical Review B, 67, 2003.
• Ruxandra M. Costescu, Andrew J. Bullen, George Matamis, Keith E. O' Hara, and David G. Cahill. Thermal conductivity and sound velocities of hydrogen-silsesquioxane low-k dielectrics. Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics), 65, 2002.


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