J. Brandon McClimon



Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering (expected 2017), University of Pennsylvania

M.S., Engineering Physics (2013), University of Virginia 

B.S., Engineering Physics, Nuclear Engineering Concentration (2003), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor


Research Interests

My research focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the structure and properties of Silicon-doped Diamond-Like Carbon, an amorphous solid lubricant.  The investigation is being conducted predominantly with X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy with additional characterization by Near Edge X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy.

This research is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1107642, and the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium ASTC under Grant No. 2011-012.


Conference Posters

  • American Vacuum Society Symposium 2012 “Tungsten Carbide: Synthesis and Reactivity with Oxygen on the Nanoscale” Brandon McClimon, Petra Reinke. Tampa, FL. November 1, 2012.
  • Gordon Research Conference on Graphitic Carbon Materials, Chemistry and Physics of “Tungsten Carbide Catalysts, Confronting the Challenges” Brandon McClimon, Petra Reinke. Davidson, NC. June 21, 2012.