8800 Greenbelt Rd., Bldg. 34, S143
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Personal Url: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/adrian.e.southard
Current research interests are in the areas of charge transport in disordered systems such as organic semiconductors, surface physics, and field emission from novel materials such as carbon nanotubes. He enjoys applying this knowledge toward the development of applications such as field effect transistors, solar cells, and other devices. He also enjoys employing an interdisciplinary approach using knowledge from chemistry and physics to aid in the optimization of these systems.
Dr. Southard’s graduate studies in the chemical physics program at University of Maryland enabled him to explore new material synthesis, deposition, and characterization methods. He has utilized this expertise to develop applications for both organic materials and new forms of carbon such as carbon nanotubes. He also has examined organic field-effect transistors to gain a deeper understanding of the charge transport mechanisms in organic materials. Dr. Southard enjoys using his background in chemical physics to design, propose, test, and simulate instruments that will allow researchers to assess the habitability and evolution of the cosmos.