Core Faculty

David Seidman

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Founding Director of the Northwestern University Center for Atom-Probe Tomography (NUCAPT)

2220 Campus Drive

Cook Hall 2036; Office - Cook 1013A

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

d-seidman( at )


Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy and Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL

M.S. Physical Metallurgy, New York University, New York, NY

B.S. Physical Metallurgy and Physics, New York University, New York, NY

Research Interests

    Interfacial Phenomena on an Atomic Scale

We are interested in understanding physical phenomena associated with internal interfaces and surfaces in a wide range of material systems, including metallic alloys, ceramic/metal heterostructures, so-called heavy fermion superconductors (e.g., UPt3), and semiconductor heterostructures. We use highly sophisticated microscopy and spectroscopy to study interfaces on a subnanoscale. We also do simulations using local-density functional theory, lattice statics, Monte Carlo, and molecular dynamics simulations.

We have studied relationships between the dislocation and atomic-scale structures of grain boundaries in binary metallic alloys, as well as solute segregation and two-dimensional phase transitions at these boundaries. We recently studied the relationships between segregation and the atomic-scale structure of ceramic/metal heterostructures, as well as the electronic properties of these interfaces, and have presented evidence for metal-induced gap states (MIGS) at {222}MgO/Cu interfaces. In our research on metallic heterophase interfaces, we are studying segregation and its effects on mechanical properties.

Significant Recognition

  • 2015 ASM International Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship
  • 2014 Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2014 Honorary Member of AIME, nominated by the TMS (Minerals•Metals•Materials)
  • 2012-2013 Sackler Lecturer 2012-2013 of the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • 2012 Fellow of Microscopy Society of America
  • 2011 TMS (Minerals•Metals•Materials) Institute of Metals Lecture and the Robert Franklin Mehl Award for 2011
  • 2010 Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2010 Fellow Materials Research Society
  • 2010-2011 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2009 Structural Materials Division Symposium: Advanced Characterization and Modeling of Phase Transformations in Metals in Honor of David N. Seidman: TMS (Minerals•Metals•Materials) 2009 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California; February 15th to 19th, 2009
  • 2008 David Turnbull Lecturer Award, Materials Research Society. Awarded on December 3rd, 2008: Boston MRS Fall meeting
  • 2006 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award, ASM International
  • 2005 Fellow of ASM International
  • 2004-2006 Co-Editor, Journal of Materials Science (Springer Publishers)
  • 2002-2004 Editor-in-Chief, Interface Science (Kluwer Academic Publishers)
  • 2001-2003 National Science Foundation Creativity Extension Award
  • 2000-2002 President, International Field Emission Society
  • 2000 Microscopy of Society of America award for Best Materials Papers appearing in Microscopy and Microanalysis, see publication numbers 218 and 219.
  • 1997 Fellow of the TMS (Minerals•Metals•Materials)
  • 1996 Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University
  • 1993 Max Planck Research Prize of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Alexander
  • 1993-2002 Special Editions Editor and member of the Editorial Board of Interface Science
  • 1988 Teacher of the Year Award, Materials Science & Engineering Dept., Northwestern University
  • 1988 & 1992 Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung Prize
  • 1984 Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • 1982 Chairman of the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference on the special topic of interfacial segregation
  • 1982 Member of the Böhmische Physical Society
  • 1980-1981 Lady Davis Visiting Professorship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 1980-1981 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  • 1968-1977 MITRE evaluative study of Materials Research Laboratory Programs (MTR 7764) rated my research program for the years 1968-1977 among the top twenty most
  • 1978 Lady Davis Visiting Professorship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 1972-1973 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  • 1966 Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal of the American Institute of Mettalurgical Engineers [now the TMS]
  • 1959 Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, New York University
  • 1959 Alpha Sigma Mu, Metallurgy Honor Society, New York University

Significant Professional Service

  • 2013 Member of the International Advisory Board of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • 2012- Advisory board of Materials Research Letters (Taylor & Francis Publishers)
  • 2012- Member of the scientific advisory board of NANO Science and NANO Technology series (World Scientific Publishers)
  • 2011- Advisory Editor for Materials Today
  • 2010-2012 Co-Editor of a volume of Annual Review of Materials Research with Professors Manfred Ruehle and David Clarke on the subject of 3-D tomography of materials
  • 2011 Chair of the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award Selection Committee of ASM International
  • 2010- Member, Materials Research Society Awards Committee 2010, and David Turnbull Lecturer Award Committee, Materials Research Society
  • 2010 Vice Chair of the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award Selection Committee of ASM International
  • 2010 Visiting Professor Tel Aviv University, 13-28 December 2010 under Northwestern University-Tel Aviv Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation
  • 2009- Principal Editor of NanoLIFE ,
  • 2009-2012 Member of ASM International 2009 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award Selection Committee

Selected Publications

    1.      Z. Mao, C. Booth-Morrison, C. K. Sudbrack, G. Martin, and D. N. Seidman, “Kinetic Pathways for Phase Separation: An Atomic-Scale Study in Ni-Al-Cr Alloys,” Acta Materialia, 60(4), 1871–1888 (2012).

    2.      D. Isheim, J. Kaszpurenko, D. Yu, Z. Mao, D. N. Seidman, and I. Arslan, “3-D Atomic Scale Mapping of Manganese Dopants in PbS Nanowires,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116(11), 6595–6600 (2012).

    3.     K. Biswas, J. He, I. D. Blum, C.-I. Wu, T. P. Hogan, D. N. Seidman,V. P. Dravid and M. G. Kanatzidis, “Hierarchically Architectured High-Performance Bulk Thermoelectrics,” Nature 489, 414-418 (2012).

    4.      C. Booth-Morrison, D. N. Seidman, and D. C. Dunand, “Effect of Er Additions on Ambient and High-Temperature Strength of Precipitation-Strengthened Al-Si-Zr-Sc Alloys,” Acta Materialia 60, 3643-3654 (2012).

    5.     P. Adusumilli, D. N. Seidman, and C. E. Murray, “Silicide-Phase Evolution and Platinum Redistribution
    During Silicidation of Ni0.95Pt0.05/Si(100),” Journal of Applied Physics, 112(6), 064307-064307-11 (2012).

    6.    Y.-J. Kim, D. N. Seidman,  R. Tao, and R. F. Klie, “Direct Atomic-Scale Imaging of Nb-Hydrides and Oxides using Atom-Probe Tomography and Aberration-Corrected STEM/EELS,” ACS Nano, 7(1), 732-739 (2013).

    7.    P. J. Bocchini, E. A. Lass, K.-W. Moon, M. E. Williams, C. E. Campbell, U. R. Kattner, D. C. Dunand, and D. N. Seidman, “Atom-Probe Tomographic Study of gamma/gamma-prime Interfaces and Compositions in an Aged Co-Al-W Superalloy,” Scripta Materialia,  68, 563-566 (2013).

    8.  O. Moutanabbir, D. Isheim, H. Blumtritt, S. Senz, E. Pippel, and D. N. Seidman, “Colossal Injection of Catalyst Atoms into Epitaxial Silicon Nanowires,”  Nature, 496 (April 4th), 78-82 (2013).



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