Over the years, most of us have read his papers and patents, and have attended his tutorials at the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) conference.
Next week you will have the chance to see his interview and learn more about Jeremy & his work and interests.
In the meantime and for those that have not had the pleasure to meet him yet, here’s Dr. Grace’s biographical sketch:
Dr. Jeremy Grace, Principal Engineer at Semrock, Inc., a division of IDEX
As an elementary school student, I developed a strong interest in science and math. In high school, I found my physics classes to be challenging, empowering, and fun. Both the introductory Physics Teacher (of blessed memory) and the Advanced Physics Teacher were inspiring and wonderful ambassadors for Physics, and I chose to pursue an undergraduate major in physics. I earned my SB in Physics from MIT, where I did an undergraduate research project in Low-Temperature Physics. The field of low-temperature physics — not only how to generate a low temperature environment, but also the behavior of matter at low temperatures — fascinated me. I continued my graduate work in Low Temperature Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I did my thesis work with A.C. Anderson (of blessed memory). As my Ph.D. thesis work was nearing completion, I decided to move into a field with more practical industrial relevance, and I chose thin-film technology. After a few years of post-doctoral research, where I gained exposure to metal-polymer interfaces, magnetron sputtering of high Tc superconducting thin films, and various thin-film analytical techniques, I accepted a position in the Vacuum Coating Lab at the Eastman Kodak Company. At Kodak, I developed practical and quantitative adhesion tests (used to evaluate plasma treatment results over a range of plasma treatment conditions), developed a high-efficiency low-pressure plasma treatment processes for polymer web materials, and designed sources and deposition schemes for organic vapor deposition to deliver high-uniformity, large-area coating processes for production-scale manufacture of Organic Light Emitting Diode displays. After more than 20 years at Kodak, I moved to Semrock, where I design optical filters based on thin-film, dielectric-stack technology, and I work on deposition/production processes for the materials used to manufacture of the optical filters.
My other interests include playing cello and hiking. I started cello studies when I was 8 years old and continued studying throughout high school, college, and graduate school. I play in a semi-professional group called Cordancia (www.cordancia.org
) and a community orchestra (Penfield Symphony Orchestra), as well as a group that performs summer chamber music concerts.