Gavin Scott

Gavin D. Scott, Ph.D., CFEI

Senior Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
New York

Dr. Scott has a background in condensed matter physics with expertise in complex electronic and magnetic interactions in nanoscale semiconductor devices and micromagnetic structures. At Exponent, he applies his scientific expertise to providing an array of professional technical services. Dr. Scott has conducted root-cause failure analyses relating to a variety of matters ranging from semiconductor devices and consumer electronics products to industrial facilities and power distribution equipment. He has performed cause and origin investigations relating to fires and explosions. He has also provided scientific consultation for intellectual property litigation, international arbitration, and class-action lawsuits.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Scott worked as a research scientist at Nokia Bell Laboratories where he was a principal investigator for a low temperature experimental research effort involving highly correlated electron states leading to collective effects (e.g. Kondo effect and phase transitions) in magnetic nanostructures. He additionally advised management on quantum computing methodologies and quantum information processing applications aligned with their business strategies.

Dr. Scott worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Rice University after receiving his Ph.D. in physics at UCLA where he studied charge transport in metallic nanogap devices, single molecule transistors, and electrostatically defined semiconductor quantum dots. He has gained broad practical experience with a large range of semiconductor and nanofabrication processing techniques including lithographic processes and thin film deposition/etching. Dr. Scott has considerable experience with cryogenic systems, and related vacuum equipment, in addition to a variety of material characterization techniques including SEM, AFM, and STM. He is also highly skilled with data acquisition via data flow programming and quantitative data analysis techniques, and he has worked extensively with finite-element based modeling for micromagnetic simulations.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2007
  • M.S., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2001
  • B.S., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
  • W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007, 2008, 2009

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Publications

Scott GD, Hu T-C. Gate-controlled Kondo effect in a single-molecule transistor with elliptical ferromagnetic electrodes. Physical Review B 2017; 96:144416.

Scott GD, Hu T-C. Controlled Electrode Magnetization Alignment in Planar Elliptical Ferromagnetic Break Junction Devices. Journal of Applied Physics 2016; 120:164311.

Scott GD. Electrode Design for Antiparallel Magnetization Alignment in Nanogap Devices. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 2016; 52:9600104.

Arvidson RS, Fischer C, Sawyer DS, Scott GD, Natelson D, Lüttge A. Lateral Resolution Enhancement of Vertical Scanning Interferometry by Sub-Pixel Sampling. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2014; 20:90-98.

Scott GD, Natelson D, Kirchner S, Muñoz E. Transport Characterization of Kondo-Correlated Single Molecule Devices. Physical Review B 2013; 87:241104(R).

Scott GD, Natelson D. Kondo Resonances in Molecular Devices. ACS Nano 2010; 4:3560–3579.

Scott GD, Palacios JJ, Natelson D. Anomalous Transport and Possible Phase Transition Palladium Nanojunctions. ACS Nano 2010; 4:2831–2837.

Scott GD, Keane ZK, Ciszek JW, Tour JM, D. Natelson D. Universal Scaling of Nonequilibrium Transport in the Kondo Regime of Single Molecule Devices. Physical Review B, 2009; 79:165413.

Jiang HW. Yablonovitch E, Xiao M, Sakr MR, Scott GD, E. T. Croke ET. Single Electron Spin Measurements in Si-Based Semiconductor Nanostructures, chapter in book entitled Electron Spin Resonance and Related Phenomena in Low Dimensional Structures Fanciulli M, Editor, Springer-Verlag, TAP series 2009; 115.

Ward DR, Scott GD, Keane ZK, Halas NJ, Natelson D. Electronic and Optical properties of Electromigrated Molecular Junctions. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 2008; 20:374118.

Zhang XC, Scott GD, Jiang HW. NMR Probing Spin Excitations in the Ring Structure of a Two-Subband System. Physical Review Letters 2007; 98:246802.

Scott GD, Xiao M, Croke ET, Yablonovitch E, Jiang HW. Sputtered Gold as an Effective Schottky Gate for Strained Si/SiGe Nanostructures. Applied Physics Letters 2007; 90:032110.

Scott GD, Chichak K, Peters A, Cantrill SJ, Stoddart JF, Jiang HW. Mechanism of Enhanced Rectification in Unimolecular Borromean Ring Devices. Physical Review B 2006; 74:113404.

Selected Presentations

Scott GD, Natelson D, Kirchner S, Muñoz E. Transport characterization of Kondo-correlated single molecule devices, Invited Presentation, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, 2013.

Scott GD, Hu T-C. Kondo-correlated transport in single molecule ferromagnetic break junction devices with controllable electrode magnetization alignment, Contributed Presentation, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD, 2016.

Scott GD, Natelson, D. Conductance scaling and Kondo correlations in single molecule transistors, Contributed Presentation, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Boston, MA, 2012.

Patents

Unites States Patent 9852833: Magnetization alignment in a thin-film device, 2017.

Prior Experience

Research Scientist/Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, 2010-2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rice University, 2007-2010

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Society (APS) – member

American Chemical Society (ACS) – member

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Senior member

National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) – member

Project Experience

Failure Analysis

  • Root cause failure analysis of Bluetooth-enabled integrated circuits
  • Root cause failure analysis of blood alcohol sensors
  • Technical Analysis of thermal management capabilities and implementations in hand held portable electronic devices
  • Root cause analysis of processing failures in a semiconductor device fabrication foundry

Consumer Electronics
  • Engineering review and assessment of the design, development, and performance of technical home health products
  • Implementation and oversight of user studies for electronic products
  • Technical analysis of components and manufacturing processes for portable electronic devices such as smartphones

EMF Field Analysis
  • Analytical model calculations of anticipated magnetic and electric field from planned power distribution equipment
  • Calculation of radiation patterns for microwave tower links
  • Onsite measurements of magnetic and electric fields

Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Root cause analysis of warehouse fire involving automated systems
  • Root cause analysis of fire/explosion involving power transmission equipment
  • Root cause analysis of fire/explosion involving consumer electronic products and associated batteries

Legal Matters and Intellectual Property
  • Patent Infringement analysis of transportation safety systems
  • Patent validity investigations relating to LiDAR systems
  • Technical investigation of product manufacturer's Reliability Engineering practices for a portable electronic device, as related to a class action lawsuit
  • Patent analysis relating to semiconductor products with opto-electronic capabilities
  • Patent Infringement analysis of network security systems
  • Patent Infringement analysis of malware protection systems
  • Investigation and review of electrical engineering issues related to the design and installation of wireless network systems in a major transportation hub
  • Technical analysis of design-related issues at nuclear power plants

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Nature Nanotechnology

Nature Communications

Nano Letters

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS)

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2007
  • M.S., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2001
  • B.S., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
  • W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007, 2008, 2009

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)