Jessica E Bickel
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Physics
 Office: SI 123
 Phone: 216-523-7549,  216-875-9757
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SI 123, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
STM, AFM, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductors, magnetism
Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, 2010
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
B.M., Oboe Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 2004
Brief Bio:
Dr. Jessica Bickel received dual bachelors from Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Conservatory. She then went to the University of Michigan where she studied the impact of strain on the surface reconstructions of III-V semiconductors both experimentally (using molecular beam epitaxy and scanning tunneling microscopy) and computationally (using density functional theory). She received her Ph.D in 2010 and moved to Hamburg Germany where she was supported by an Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship to use scanning tunneling microscopy to study small atomic magnets. From Germany she moved back to the U.S. to Mount Holyoke College where she had a research-teaching postdoc and learned pedagogy techniques teaching introductory physics while researching ferromagnetic nanorings. She moved to Cleveland State in Fall 2014.
Honors and Awards:
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship recipient - June 2010 to January 2011.

Awarded a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program grant (but turned down in order to accept von Humboldt Fellowship) - March 2010.

Ann Olcott Smith Fellowship recipient for graduate students who show "promise of the development of useful original ideas" - February 2009.

Graduate Student Silver Award Recipient at the Materials Research Society Conference - December 2008.

Outstanding Young Research Award Finalist at The Summer School on Modern Concepts for Creating and Analyzing Surfaces and Nanoscale Materials - May 2008.

One of four invited talks, and the only graduate student, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies DOE Program Review - April 2007.
Research Interests:
Dr. Bickel is interested in nano-physics and surfaces. She uses scanning probe microscopy and computer simulations to examine surfaces in order to determine the atomic arrangement, and to understand how properties such as magnetism change when materials are shrunk to this size regime. Her previous work has ranged from understanding how strain affects the surface structure of semiconductor devices to how magnetism changes when the size of the magnet is shrunk to a few hundred atoms.

Dr. Bickel's current work is focusing on how surfaces can affect crystallization and properties. The arrangement of atoms on a surface has profound implications for devices because how new atoms arrange on a surface can affect how abrupt an interface between two materials is or how ordered the next layer of atoms are. She is particularly interested in exploring (1) how surface atomic arrangements can be manipulated and altered by straining the surface, (2) how we can use these surface structures to control self-assembly of nanostructures or molecules, (3) how such molecules diffuse and move across a surface, and (4) what the surface structure of different topological insulators is and how manipulating the surface can affect the properties.
Professional Affiliations:
Applied Physics Society (APS)
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) (German Physics Society)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Tau Beta Pi (TBP)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)