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About Rick Ubic

Dr. Rick Ubic is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to coming to Boise State, he served as a senior lecturer (associate professor) at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2007, Dr. Ubic moved to Boise to help lead teaching and research involving the newly acquired JEOL JEM-2100 HR Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). Dr. Ubic has received several awards, including the American Ceramic Society's (ACerS) 2004 Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars for his "contributions relating crystallography to the behavior of dielectric properties in complex compounds," and the 2006 Edgar Andrews Best Journal Article Prize for his work on the structure of a perovskite superlattice. Dr. Ubic's research interests are in structure-property relationships in mirowave dielectric materials, ceramic ionic conductors for fuel cells, and nano-technology as it relates to solar energy generation. Dr. Ubic has been awarded research funding from the National Academy of Sciences, Batelle Energy Alliance, and the Department of Energy. As a result of his work, Dr. Ubic has been invited to present various aspects of his research at international forums in six countries on three continents.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University
Present Director, Boise State Center for Materials Characterization, Boise State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2004 - Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars, ACerS
  • 2006 - Edgar Andrews Best Journal Article Prize
  • 2008-2011 - National Academy of Sciences Grant ($254,000)
  • 2009-2012 - Department of Energy Grant ($785,396)
  • 2010-2014 - National Science Foundation Grant ($628,711)
  • 2017 - Foundation Scholar Award ($3,000 honorarium), Boise State University


  • MSE 305: Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects
  • MSE 522: Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy

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