Dr. Steven May

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

LeBow 332C
(215) 571-3650


  • Ph.D. (Mat. Sci. Eng.) 2007, Northwestern University
  • B.S. (Eng. Sci.) 2002, Penn State University

Current Position

  • 2009 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Professional History

  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Selected Publications

  1. “Magnetic oxide heterostructures”, A. Bhattacharya and S. J. May. Annual Review of Materials Research 44, (2014).
  2. “Conduction Mechanism Transition in La1/3Sr2/3FeO3 Thin Films”, R. C. Devlin, A. L. Krick, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, Y. Xie, and S. J. May. Journal of Applied Physics 115, (2014).
  3. “Effect of interfacial octahedral behavior in ultrathin manganite films”, E. J. Moon, P. V. Balachandran, B. J. Kirby, D. J. Keavney, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, C. M. Schleputz, E. Karapetrova, X. M. Cheng, J. M. Rondinelli, and S. J. May. Nano Letters 14, 2509 (2014).
  4. “Control of Functional Responses via Reversible Oxygen Loss in La1-xSrxFeO3- Films”, Y. J. Xie, M. D. Scafetta, R. J. Sichel-Tissot, E. J. Moon, R. C. Devlin, H. Wu, A. L. Krick, and S. J. May. Advanced Materials 26, 1434 (2014).
  5. “Fluorination of epitaxial oxides: Synthesis of perovskite oxyfluoride thin films”, E. J. Moon, Y. J. Xie, E. D. Laird, D. J. Keavney, C. Y. Li, and S. J. May. Journal of the American Chemical Society 136, 2224 (2014).
  6. “Optical absorption in epitaxial La1-xSrxFeO3 thin films” M. D. Scafetta, Y. J. Xie, M. Torres, J. E. Spanier, and S. J. May, Applied Physics Letters 102, 081904 (2013).
  7. “Control of octahedral connectivity in perovskite oxide heterostructures: An emerging route to multifunctional materials discovery” J. M. Rondinelli, S. J. May, and J. W. Freeland. MRS Bulletin 37, 261 (2012).
  8. “Control of octahedral rotations in (LaNiO3)n/(SrMnO3)m superlattices” S. J. May, C. R. Smith, J.-W. Kim, E. Karapetrova, A. Bhattacharya, and P. J. Ryan. Physical Review B 83, 153411 (2011).
  9. “Quantifying octahedral rotations in strained perovskite oxide films” S. J. May, J.-W. Kim, J. M. Rondinelli, E. Karapetrova, N. A. Spaldin, A. Bhattacharya, and P. J. Ryan.  Physical Review B 82, 014110 (2010).
  10. “Enhanced ordering temperatures in antiferromagnetic manganite superlattices.”  S. J. May, P. J. Ryan, J. L. Robertson, J.-W. Kim, T. S. Santos, E. Karapetrova, J. L. Zarestky, X. Zhai, S. G. E. te Velthuis, J. N. Eckstein, S. D. Bader and A. Bhattacharya.  Nature Materials 8, 892 (2009).

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society, 2014
  • ARO Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award (DMR-Ceramics), 2012