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Aaron Stein

Senior Scientific Staff, Nanofabrication Facility, Electronic Materials, Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Aaron Stein

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Bldg. 735, Room 1041
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3527
stein@bnl.gov

Electron-beam lithography and associated nanofabrication techniques are the driver behind a large swath of study at the nanoscale. My work involves using these techniques - and developing new ones - to enable the study of new materials and structures for a variety of applications. These include directed self-assembly of block co-polymers, fabrication of x-ray optics, artificial spin ice arrays of nanomagnets and photonic and metamaterial structures. I am also interested in applying nanofabrication processes to new materials and systems for quantum information applications. Additionally, my research involves pushing the limits of lithographic techniques themselves: the tools, the lithographic materials, experimental design and fabrication processes.

Expertise | Education | Appointments | Publications


Expertise

Electron beam lithography, nanofabrication, self-assembly, electron microscopy

Education

Tufts University    Massachusetts    Physics/Philosophy    B.A.    1996

Stony Brook University    Stony Brook, NY    Physics    Ph.D.    2002

Professional Appointments

Research and Professional Experience

  • 2013-Present:   Research Science Staff, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 2019-Present:   Project Manager, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers Recapitalization project will modernize the U.S. nanoscience infrastructure.
  • 2004-2013:       Scientific Associate, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 2002-2004:      Research Associate, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Synergistic Activities

  • Conference Chair, EIPBN, 2019
  • EIPBN Steering committee 2016-2022
  • Member of Department of Energy, Project Leadership Institute (PLI) 2022 cohort

Selected Publications

  • S Shrestha, AC Overvig, M Lu, A Stein, N Yu, "Broadband achromatic dielectric metalenses," Light: Science & Applications, 7 (1) 85 (2018).
  • Doerk GS, Stein A, Bae S, et al (2023) Autonomous discovery of emergent morphologies in directed self-assembly of block copolymer blends. Science Advances 9:. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.add3687
  • Manfrinato VR, Stein A, Zhang L, Nam C-Y, Yager KG, Stach EA, Black CT (2017) Aberration-Corrected Electron Beam Lithography at the One Nanometer Length Scale. Nano Letters 17:4562–4567.
  • N. Tiwale, A. Subramanian, K. Kisslinger, M. Lu, J. Kim, A. Stein, C.Y. Nam, "Advancing next generation nanolithography with infiltration synthesis of hybrid nanocomposite resists," Journal of Materials Chemistry C 7 (29), 8803-8812 (2019).
  • V.R. Manfrinato, A. Stein, L. Zhang, C.-Y. Nam, K.G. Yager, E.A. Stach, C.T. Black, "Aberration-corrected electron beam lithography at the one nanometer length scale," Nano Letters 17 (8), 4562-4567 (2017)
  • M. Zhang, D. J. Magagnosc, I. Liberal, Y. Yu, H. Yun, H. Yang, Y. Wu, J. Guo, W. Chen, Y. J. Shin, A. Stein, J. M. Kikkawa, N. Engheta, D. S. Gianola, C. B. Murray and C. R. Kagan, "High-strength magnetically switchable plasmonic nanorods assembled from a binary nanocrystal mixture," Nature Nanotechnology 12, 228-232 (2017)
  • Stein A, Wright G, Yager KG, Doerk GS, Black CT (2016) Selective directed self-assembly of coexisting morphologies using block copolymer blends. Nature Communications.
  • Morgan JP, Stein A, Langridge S, Marrows CH (2010) Thermal ground-state ordering and elementary excitations in artificial magnetic square ice. Nature Physics 7:75–79.
  • Ocola LE, Stein A (2006) Effect of cold development on improvement in electron-beam nanopatterning resolution and line roughness. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures 24:3061.
  • Evans-Lutterodt K, Stein A, Ablett JM, et al (2007) Using Compound Kinoform Hard-X-Ray Lenses to Exceed the Critical Angle Limit. Physical Review Letters 99.
Aaron Stein

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Bldg. 735, Room 1041
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3527
stein@bnl.gov

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