Orlando H. Auciello

  • Argonne Distinguished Fellow
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  • Ph.D. (Physics) - Physics Institute, "Dr. Balseiro", National University of Cuyo (Funded by Atomic Energy Comission), Bariloche, Argentina 1976
  • M.Sc. (Physics) - Physics Institute, "Dr. Balseiro", National University of Cuyo (Funded by Atomic Energy Comission), Bariloche, Argentina 1973.
  • Electronic Engineering - National University of Cordoba, Argentina, 1964-70.


  • Orlando Auciello graduated with M.S. (1973) and Ph.D (1976) degrees in Physics from the Physics Institute “Dr. Balseiro” (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina). He also studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Cordoba-Argentina (1964-1970). After a postdoc at McMaster University-Canada (1976-1979), he was a Researcher at the University of Toronto-Canada (1979-1984), Associate Professor at North Carolina State University (1985-1988), and Senior Research Scientist at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (1988-1996). Auciello is co-founder of Advanced Diamond Technologies, a Company spun-off from Argonne in 2004 to commercialize the UNCD film technology invented, developed and patented at Argonne. Auciello has edited 19 books on various topics, published about 450 articles in the fields described above, holds 14 patents, and organized, chaired, and lectured at numerous national and international conferences. He is associate editor of Appl. Phys. Lett. Integrated Ferroelectrics, Vacuum, and editor of two book series (Academic Press). He has held several positions in the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society, including Councilor.

Research Areas

  • Auciello is directing several basic and applied research programs on different fields, namely: 1) science and technology of multi-component oxide thin films and application to devices (ferroelectric memories, nanoscale CMOS devices, photovoltaic energy generation / storage devices, high-frequency devices, piezoelectric thin films for MEMS/NEMS devices (sensors and actuators); 2) fundamental and applied science and technology of a novel ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) film, developed and patented at Argonne, and application to multifunctional devices (RF MEMS/NEMS, electron field emitters, implantable biomedical devices (artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration), biosensors, mechanical pump seals). The UNCD film technology is now commercialized by Advanced Diamond Technologies, a Company founded by Auciello and colleagues and spun-off from Argonne in 2004.

Society Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Vacuum Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • IEEE Society
  • The Planetary Society

Professional Activities

Scienific Societies Positions

  • Elected Councilor of the MRS (2000-2003)
  • Co-Chair International Relations Committee (MRS-USA) (2003-2010)

Journals Editorship

  • Associate Editor, Applied Physics Letters (2000-present)
  • Associate Editor, Integrated Ferroelectrics (1997-present)
  • Member Editorial Board, Vacuum (1994-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Materials Research (MRS-USA) (2002-2010)
  • Member Editorial Board, MRS Bulletin 1998.
  • Member of the first annual MRS Bulletin organizing board (MRS, 1998).

Books and Books Series Editorship

  • Editor Book Series (Academic Press): "Science and Technology of Multifunctional Thin Films",O. Auciello and R. Ramesh (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003-present.
  • Editor Book Series (Academic Press): "Plasma-Materials Interaction", O. Auciello and D.L. Flamm (Eds.), Academic Press, 1988-1996.
  • Books Edited: 19
  • Permanent Co-Chair of the International Symposium on Integrated Functionalities (2004-present)

Industrial Entrepreneurial Activities

  • Co-Founder of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. This company was co-founded by O. Auciello, J.A. Carlisle, and Neil Kane in 2004. This is a company spun-off from a National Laobratory to commercialize the ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin film technology developed and patented at Argonne. The founders were able to pioneer the first breakthrough model for spinning-off a company from a National Laboratory, whereby DOE approved that the founding scientist and Argonne have equity in the company. This activity started a new model for spinning-off companies from National Laboratories, and other companies were spun-off using the model pioneered by the Argonne scientists (2004-present).


  • Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc: Technology and commercialization of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films”(Co-Founderand consultant, 2004- present)
  • Paratek, Inc, USA : Science and Technology of Thin Films for High-Frequency Devices, (2005-2008)
  • Plenary, Keynote, and Invited Speaker at National and International Conferences Invites Speaker at Institutions worldwide


2010 Named Argonne Distinguished Fellow
2009 Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society
Elected Fellow of the AAAS
R&D Editors’ Choice Top 100 Award selected among all 100 Awards given in 2009, for development of an artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration
R&D 100 Award, for development of an artificial retina to restore sight to people blinded by retina degeneration
2008 University of Chicago Distinguished Performance Award
R&D 100 Award (2008): for breakthrough commercialization of ultrananocrystalline diamond-coated mechanical pump seals
2007 Prof. “Honoris Causa” of National University of Cordoba-Argentina
2006 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award: for breakthrough transfer of ultra-nanocrystallilne diamond film technology from a national laboratory to the market
2003 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award R&D 100 Award (2003): for development of large area ultrananocrystalline diamond UNCD)/IPLAS technology developed
2000 International Symposium of Integrated Ferroelectrics Outstanding Achievement Award
1998 Materials Research Society Recognition, for outstanding contributions to the MRS as one of the first three members of the MRS Bulletin Volume Organizer Team (1998).
1997 DOE-BES Award, for Significant Implication for Department of Energy Related Technologies.
Argonne National Laboratory Year Award, for outstanding research on ferroelectric thin films and coatings for field emission devices.
1995 R. Bunshah Award (American Vacuum Society), for work on "In Situ, Real-Time Characterization of Film Growth Processes Using a Novel Time-of-Flight Ion Beam Surface Analysis Technique"