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Rensselaer/Sabrina Lee
Sabrina Lee

Adjunct Professor

US Army Research Development and Engineering Center, Benet Labs, Watervliet, NY 12189-4050

(518) 266-5503


  • Post-Doc Research Fellow, Biophysics, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN.
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • M.S., Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • B.A., Physics, Mathematics, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas.

Career Highlights:
Dr. Lee worked for General Electric Global Research and Texas Instruments Inc. as an applied mathematician in modeling and simulation for several years.  She joined US Army Research Development and Engineering Center at Benet Labs as a physicist and technical manager of the X-ray characterization lab in 1989.  She has had 20 years of experience in applied physics, advanced materials, elastic-plastic deformation mechanics, physical metallurgy, physical vapor deposition technologies, X-ray diffraction, and thin films research and development.  She has been a principal investigator funded under a variety of R&D funding sources, including US Office of Secretary Defense.  Her most recent R&D is in the area of development innovative environmental-friendly materials and physical vapor deposition processes for potential toxic electroplated Cr process replacement.  Dr. Lee joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a voluntary adjunct faculty in physics in 1996; directing and working with graduate students from RPI and SUNY Albany, and collaborating with RPI professors in the Physics and Material Science Departments.  She applies X-ray technologies to semiconductor and nanotechnology research.  She has served on graduate student Ph.D. committees; she is active in ICMCTF, SVC, SEM etc technical societies.  She has also been invited to review publications for several technical journals, including Thin Solid Films, Metallurgical Coatings, Euro Physics Letters etc. 

Research Interests:
High temperature materials; thin solid films nucleation and growth; phase and texture evolution; surface, interface, thin film morphologies; X-ray diffraction- phase, stress, texture analysis; fatigue and elastic-plastic deformation, physical vapor deposition processes, plasma enhanced PVD processes, high power impulse magnetron, high power plasma ion etching for adhesion enhancement, semiconductor thin films.  

Selected Publications:
S. Bartolucci, J. Warrender, W. Zhang, S.L. Lee, “Structure and Morphology of Carbon Nanofiber-Polycarbosilane Precursor Derived Nanocomposites”, Nanosci.  Nanotechnol. Lett. 2, 235-239 (2010).

C. Gaire, P.C. Clemmer, H.-F. Li, T.C. Parker, P. Snow, I. Bhat, S. Lee, G.-C. Wang, T.-M. Lu, ”Small Angle Grain Boundary Ge films on BiaxialCaF2/Glass substrate”, Journal of Crystal Growth 312, 607 (2010).

Jiangliang Lin, William D. Sproul, John J. Moore, Sabrina Lee, Sterling Myers, “High Rate Deposition of Thick CrN and Cr2N Coatings Using Modulated Pulse Power MPP Magnetron Sputtering”, Surf Coat Technol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat. 2010.11.039.

S.L. Lee, M. Cipollo, F. Yee, R. Wei, K. Coulter, J. Lin, W. Sproul, J.J. Moore, “‘Deposition of Environmental Friendly Tantalum and Chromium Nitride Coatings using HIPIMS-MPP-PEMS Technologies”, SVC 53rd Tech Conf Proc, PP.125-133 (2010).

W.D. Sproul, J. Lin, J.J. Moore, S.L. Lee, J. Wang, ‘MPP Deposition of Thick Tantalum Coatings’, SVC 53rd Tech Conf Proc, pp. 187-192 (2010).

Jianliang Lin, John J Moore, William D. Sproul, Sabrina Lee, Jun Wang, ”Effect of negative substrate bias on the structure and properties of Ta coatings deposited using modulated pulse power magnetron sputtering,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol 38, No. 11 November  (2010) pp. 3071-3078.

S.L. Lee, M. Cipollo, F. Yee, R. Chistyakov, B. Abraham, “HIPIMS-MPP sputtered Ta films using I-PVD technology,” SVC 52nd Tech Conf. Proc., pp. 258-264, (2009).

S.L. Lee, M. Todaro, S. Smith, R. Wei, K. Coulter, “Plasma-Enhanced Sputtered Thick Ta for Barrel Applications,” SVC 52nd Tech Conf. Proc., pp. 558-563, (2009).

W. Yuan, F. Tang, H.-F. Li, T. Parker, N. LiCausi, G.-C. Wang, T.-M. Lu, I. Bhat, S. Lee, “Biaxial CdTe/CaF2 Films Growth on Amorphous Surface”, Thin Solid Films, Vol 517 (24), pp. 6623-6628 (2009).

R. Krishnan, T. Parker, S. L. Lee, T.-M. Lu, “The Formation of Vertically Aligned Biaxial Tungsten Nanorods Using a Novel Shadowing Growth Technique,” Nanotechnology 20, 465609-465615, (2009).

Awards and Honors:

Invited Speaker on “Plasma Enhanced PVD Technologies for Barrel Applications”, Society for Vacuum Coaters Topical Conf. on Corrosion-Erosion-Decorative Coatings, Alternative to Electroplated Cr, sponsored by Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 2009.

Invited Seminar Presentation, School of Nanotechnology, State University of New York at Albany, on ‘Advances in X-ray Technologies and Applications’, Dec 15, 2003.

Invited Session Chair, SEM (Society for Experimental Mechanics) Conf. on Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Mechanics, Houston, TX 1998.

US ARMY Research and Development Achievement Award, 1996.

Invited referee for technical Journals- Thin Solid Films, Surface Coating Technology, Euro-Physics Letters etc.

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