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James Parry, PhD

  • Assistant Professor


My interest in astronomy and space as a young adult has morphed over the years to the study materials on the small scale with an eye towards practical application. But I'll still take any chance to talk and teach about space.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Physics SUNY at Buffalo, 2017 
  • B.S. in Physics SUNY Brockport, 2007
  • B.S. with Honors in Criminal Justice SUNY Brockport, 2007

Research Interests

I am interested in the study and application of novel nanostructured materials. My primary focus is on the synthesis and characterization of thin films and device structures of metals, oxides, and nitrides. By using physical vapor deposition methods with accompanying treatment techniques thin metal and metal oxide devices drastically change in optical absorption and electron mobility measurements compared to the bulk. Likewise, thin films of iron-platinum and iron nitride have potential use as magnetic materials in future electronics. Recently, I have studied the use of perovskites as an electrocatalyst for water splitting, hydrogen generation.


C. Deng, H. Song, J. Parry, Y. Liu, S. He, X. Xu, Q. Gan, H. Zeng. “Nanocavity Induced Light Concentration for Energy Efficient Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording Media”. Nano Energy. 50 (2018) 750.

S. Cho, C.R. Beynis, J. Parry, H. Zeng. “Effect of the Growth Temperature and Oxygen Flow Rate on the Properties of MoO3 Thin Films”. J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 17 (2017) 7623. doi:10.1166/jnn.2017.14825

C. Zhao, T. Norden, P. Zhang, P. Zhao, Y. Cheng, F. Sun, J.P. Parry, P. Taheri, J. Wang, Y. Yang, T. Scrace, K. Kang, S. Yang, G.X. Miao, R. Sabirianov, G. Kioseoglou, W. Huang, A. Petrou, H. Zeng. “Enhanced valley splitting in monolayer WSe2 due to magnetic exchange field”. Nat. Nanotechnol. 12 (2017) 757. doi:10.1038/nnano.2017.68


Contact Information

Phone: (716) 829-8175 Email: Office: SASE 219