Awardee Interviews | Biography: Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Dr. Stephanie Law is currently the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware and co-director of the UD Materials Growth Facility, a user facility that supplies films grown by molecular beam epitaxy to the scientific community. Stephanie obtained her B.S. in Physics from Iowa State University in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. After receiving her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UIUC before moving to UD in 2014.
Stephanie’s research focuses on the growth of new optical materials and heterostructures for applications in the infrared and terahertz spectral range. She primarily works with materials grown by molecular beam epitaxy, including III-V semiconductors and chalcogenide-based topological insulators. Her research group has shown that heavily-doped III-V materials make excellent infrared plasmonic and hyperbolic metamaterial components, has succeeded in reducing the trivial carrier density in topological insulator films, and has demonstrated ultra-high mode indices in topological insulator plasmonic structures in the terahertz spectral range. Future applications of these materials include sub-diffraction focusing of light, extreme light confinement, chemical sensing, and radiative decay engineering. She has published over thirty papers, four of which were selected as Editor’s Picks or Most Read Articles. She has given over thirty invited talks and seminars. Her research has been recognized by several awards including the 2016 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Young Investigator Award and a 2017 Department of Energy Early Career Award. 
Stephanie is highly active in the scientific community. She has served on the organizing committee for five different conferences and was the lead organizer for the 2017 “Novel Materials and Architectures for Plasmonics: From the Ultraviolet to the Terahertz” Materials Research Society symposium and the van der Waals epitaxy workshop at the 2018 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy conference. She is currently the Program Chair for the 2019 North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference.

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