Thomas Scharf

Materials Science and Engineering

Discovery Park E117

Thomas Scharf
Areas of Expertise:
  • Materials and Manufacturing

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  • Ph. D., 2000, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, advisor John A. Barnard
    “Growth, Structure, and Mechanical Wear Strength of Ultra-Thin Ion Beam and Sputter Deposited Hard Coatings”
  • M.S., 1997, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama,
    “Structural, Tribo-Mechanical, and Thermal Characterization of Sputtered Diamond-Like Carbon and Nitrogenated Diamond-Like Carbon Thin Films”
  • B. S., 1994, Ceramic Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    ”The Effects of Oxidation on the Strength Behavior of a-SiC Fibers” under Dr. Richard E. Tressler.
  • Physical and chemical vapor deposition of ceramic and metallic thin films for moving mechanical assemblies
  • Atomic layer deposition of nanocrystalline solid lubricant thin films for rolling element bearings
  • Micro- & Nano-Tribology studies of solid lubricants and hard coatings
  • MEMS materials and tribology
  • In-situ chemical diagnostic tribology of dry and lubricated contacts using Raman spectroscopy and optical techniques
  • Interfacial studies of surface engineered thin films using FIB/FESEM and HRSTEM
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Professional Experience
  • 2000-2003: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tribology Section, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
  • 2003-2005: Limited Term Member of the Technical Staff, Materials Aging and Reliability Department, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2005-present: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014: University Summer Faculty,  Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM

Professional Affiliations

  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Microanalysis Society (MAS)
  • American Vacuum Society (AVS)
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), Board of Directors STLE