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Jacqueline Krim


Professor Krim received her PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Washington in 1984. After a year-long appointment as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) postdoctoral Fellow at the University d’Aix-Marseille II, France, she joined the physics department at Northeastern University at the assistant professor level. She joined NC State University in 1998 as a Full Professor in Physics, with a subsequent appointment as associate member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Area(s) of Expertise

Professor Krim's research interests include solid-film growth processes and topologies at submicron length scales, nanotribology (the study of friction, wear, and lubrication at nanometer length and time scales) and liquid-film wetting phenomena. Her research accomplishments include the first experimental documentation of phononic mechanisms for sliding friction and the discovery of superconductivity-dependent friction. Other significant accomplishments include demonstrating that van der Waals forces can control the thickness of wetting layer, important as the only uncontested experiment which demonstrates this common assumption, and applications of scanning probe microscopy to self-affine fractal surfaces, important for their wide applicability.


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  • 2010 NSF DMR American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellow, "For outstanding contributions to understanding friction at the nanoscale and exemplary efforts in broadening participation in science through maintaining a diverse research group and explaining research to the lay public"
  • 2001-2003 Distinguished Lecturer, Sigmi Xi Society
  • 2002 North Carolina State University Alumni Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2000 Marqui's Who's Who
  • 2000 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1999 Fellow, American Vacuum Society
  • 1995 NSF Creativity Award, Division of Materials Research
  • 1994 R.F. Bunshah Award for Best Paper at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films
  • 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 1984 NATO Postdoctoral Fello
  • 1984 Recipient of the first annual Joseph and Evelyn Henderson Award, for excellence in completed graduate research at the University of Washington
  • 1983 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, (ARCS) dissertation fellowship for outstanding doctoral students
  • 1975-1978 Recipient of a tuition waiver from the University of Montana for academic excellence; B.A. with High Honors
  • 1974 Higher education scholarship recipient as the winner of a state wide competition for the design of the Bicentennial Commemorative Medallion for the State of Wisconsin