The Bill Sproul Award and Honorary ICMCTF lectureship is to recognize the achievements of a mid-career researcher who has made outstanding scientific and/or technological contributions in areas of interest to the Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of the AVS, with an emphasis in the fields of surface engineering, thin films, and related topics.
Gregory Abadias is a Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Poitiers, and Deputy Director of the Department of Physics and Mechanics of Materials, at Pprime Institute, France. He received his Ph.D. degree in materials science in 1998 at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG), and he is currently the group leader of thin films activities at Pprime Institute. He conducts research on a range of topics related to nanoscale thin films, including mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of metallic, nitride, or oxide systems, as well as hard and protective coatings in the form of nanocomposites or multilayers. His current research interests focus on the understanding of thin film growth dynamics using real-time and in situ diagnostics as well as computational modeling, with a main emphasis on growth manipulation strategies to tailor morphology and stress evolution in sputter-deposited metal layers.
He has co-authored more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter on stress in PVD thin films. He was member-elected to the Scientific Council of the Physics Institute of CNRS (2019-23), and he is currently standing at the Condensed Matter Division of the French National Committee of Scientific Research (CoNRS -section 05). He was elected as an Executive Committee member of the Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of AVS (2021-22) and has been the French representative of the Surface Engineering Division of IUVSTA since 2022. He has been involved in the organization of several symposia or workshops at international conferences (ICMCTF, EMRS) and has served as Editor of the Surface and Coatings Technology journal since 2016.