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Byron K. Freelon (Ph.D., Physics, 2001)


I recently received the first Morehouse Physics Prize.

I accepted the award and delivered a colloquium on high-temperature superconductors at Morehouse College on April 5th. The National Society of Black Physicists established the award “to honor graduates from Historical Black Colleges and Universities who have shown considerable promise as physics researchers and teachers.” I am currently a scientist at University of California-Berkeley in the group of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. After graduate school, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate with Dr. Zahid Hussain at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There I developed a beamline-based molecular beam epitaxy system at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). My interests look at various synchrotron techniques to study high-temperature superconductors and soft-matter systems. In addition to synchrotron techniques I am working on inelastic neutron scattering with Professor Birgeneau. I am also leading an international collaboration to develop a pulsed-laser deposition facility at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron.