Materials Synthesis and Characterization Center

Key Personnel

Chris Tasker
Facility Manager

Chris Tasker earned an Associates of Science degree in electronics engineering technology from Linn-Benton Community College. He has designed and constructed several custom deposition systems that are now operating as MaSC tools. As MaSC’s facility manager, Chris is responsible for day-to-day operations, project support, and equipment procurement, installation, repairs and maintenance.

John F. Conley, Jr.
Lab Co-Director

John received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. While there, he won a 1996 Xerox Prize for his Ph.D. dissertation.

Prior to OSU, Dr. Conley was with Dynamics Research Corporation, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he received an achievement award, and Sharp Laboratories of America where he was Leader of the Novel Materials and Devices Group. John served as an adjunct professor at the Vancouver campus of Washington State University. Since 2007, he has been a Professor and an ONAMI Signature Faculty Fellow at Oregon State University in both the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Intercollege Materials Science Program. He has authored or co-authored over 120 technical papers and over 130 additional conference presentations (including 15 invited) and holds twenty U.S. patents.

His research interests include atomic layer deposition, high-κ dielectrics, thin-film transistors, metal/insulator/metal tunnel diodes, directed integration of nanomaterials and nanodevices, internal photoemission, electron spin resonance identification of electrically active point defects, reliability, and radiation effects in novel electronic materials. Dr. Conley is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Brady Gibbons
Lab Co-Director

Brady received a Master of Science in ceramic science and a Ph. D. in materials from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to arriving at Oregon State University, he spent eight years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher and member of the technical staff. His research there on second-generation superconducting wire led to an R&D 100 Award in 2004. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient, and is active in both the IEEE UFFC and the American Ceramic Society.

Dr. Gibbons specializes in structure-process-property relationships in multifunctional, thin-film materials. Specifically, he is interested in developing novel integration science strategies to combine material functionalities that result in significantly enhanced, or even new, properties.