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PhD Student

Michael Hovish

Research Interests

Atmospheric Plasma Deposition is emerging as a cost-effective and waste free solution to materials synthesis. Using an atmospheric pressure discharge, one can produce thin films of high quality material through the fragmentation and subsequent polymerization of small molecules. A wide range of chemistries are available, resulting in a number of different materials such as silica, metal oxides, nitrides, and even diamond like carbon. By exploring the relationship between plasmas conditions, precursor concentrations, and the ambient environment, we are developing processes to functionalize and coat a number of inorganic and organic surfaces. My personal efforts have focused on the deposition of metal oxide coatings, such as titanium oxide and tantalum oxide, which can be used as various optical layers. 

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

  • M.Q. Hovish, R.H. Dauskadrt, “Atmospheric Plasma Deposition of Anti-Reflection Layers on Silicon in Open Air” American Vacuum Society 62nd International Symposium, San Jose, CA, October 2015
  • M.Q. Hovish, R.H. Dauskardt, “Atmospheric Plasma Deposition of Antireflective Coatings on Plastics and Silicon in Open Air” Materials Research Society Spring Meeting Poster Session, San Francisco CA, April 2015
  • B.D. Briggs, S.M. Bishop, J.O. Capulong, M.Q. Hovish, R.J. Matyi, and N.C. Cady, “Comparison of HfOx-Based Resistive Memory Devices with Crystalline and Amorphous Active Layers”, International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium, Baltimore, MD, Dec. 2011.
  • J.O. Capulong, B.D. Briggs, S.M. Bishop, M.Q. Hovish, R.J. Matyi, and N.C. Cady, “Effect of Crystallinity on Endurance and Switching Behavior of HfOx-based Resistive Memory Devices”, International Integrated Reliability Workshop, S. Lake Tahoe, CA, Oct. 2012
  • Self-Organized Nanostructural Pattern Formation under Ion Beam Irradiation. National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) research position at Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Aziz Laboratory. 2012


  • Honorable Mention, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting Poster Session, San Francisco, April 2015
  • Nexus Scholarship, SUNY Albany, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, 2011


Ph.D. Stanford University, Material Science and Engineering, 2018
M.S. Stanford University, Materials Science and Engineering, 2016
B.S. SUNY Albany, Nanoscale Science, 2013