Eric W. Blanton

Materials Science Research

The man behind the mods

Eric has a passion for fully understanding and solving problems. In his professional research, this characteristic manifests itself in his expertise in x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). When left to his own devices, his joy for pushing materials and developing new solutions runs wild and creative projects evolve.

A long-time member of numerous online forums dedicated to specific topics, this site provides one space for all of Eric’s interests to hang out together. His two most-enduring hobbies, flashlight modding and quad-copter design, encompass the majority of posts hosted here. However, constructing lightweight backpacking shelters, learning useful knots, customizing watches and growing potatoes have all commanded Eric’s careful attention and excitement over the years.

Eric’s PhD focused on the Zn-IV-nitride family of semiconductors. ZnGeN2, which is the ternary analogue of GaN, can exhibit varying degrees of order on its cation sublattice. He designed and constructed a vapor deposition reactor to control the degree of cation order by varying the crystal growth conditions. Ordering was then detected by using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. In addition, he thermodynamically modeled the growth of ZnGeN2-ZnSnN2 alloys and designed and performed experiments to test the thermodynamic predictions.

Eric lives in Ohio with his life partner and their evil cat, Ella A.