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Jack   Skinner,   Ph.D.,   P.E.

Jack Skinner

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701
S&E 309
Phone: 406.496.4460
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Jack L. Skinner received the B.S. degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT, in General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering Option in 2000, the M.S. degree from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, CA, in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.

He was a graduate researcher with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), Berkeley, CA, from 2004 to 2007, where he developed diffractive optical microsystems. From 2003 to 2012, he was with Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, where he was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech, Butte, MT. He has been working in the field of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) since 2001. His research interests include technological advancements in the understanding and application of nanoscale devices, materials, and methods.

Dr. Skinner is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a licensed professional engineer (WY/14963).

International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication

International Conference on Electron Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication

Jack is serving on the Program Committee and as a Nanophotonics and Plasmonics Session Chair for the 61st International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) in Orlando, FL, May 30 - June 2, 2017. The EIPBN Conference (also known as 3-Beams) is recognized as the foremost international meeting dedicated to lithographic science and technology and its application to micro and nanofabrication techniques. The conference brings together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to discuss recent progress and future trends. Abstracts are due January 23, 2017.

Research Interests:

Dr. Skinner oversees the Montana Tech Nanotech Laboratory.

  • Nanoscale and microscale theory and design
  • Nanofabrication and microfabrication
  • Energy systems
  • Advanced materials
  • Plasmonics
  • Device characterization
  • Integration of microscale and nanoscale technologies

Courses Taught

  • EGEN 491 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
  • EMEC 448 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
  • EGEN 202 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics

Selected Publications:

“Organometallic halide perovskite synthesis in polymer melt for improved stability in high humidity,” J. P. Murphy, J. M. Andriolo, B. M. Ross, G. F. Wyss, N. E. Zander, and J. L. Skinner, MRS Advances, 2016.

“Using electric field manipulation to fabricate nanoscale fibers on large areas: a path to electronic and photonic devices,” J. L. Skinner, J. M. Andriolo, J. D. Beisel, B. M. Ross, L. M. Purkett, J. P. Murphy, J. Kyeremateng, M. J. Franson, E. A. Kooistra-Manning, B. E. Hill, and B. R. Loyola, Proceedings of SPIE 9553, Low-Dimensional Materials and Devices, Vol. 9553, No. 1, pp. 955302, August 2015.

"Analytical parametric model used to study the influence of electrostatic force on surface coverage during electrospinning of polymer fibers,” J. D. Beisel, J. B. Kyeremateng, L. Purkett, J. M. Andriolo, and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 06FI03, November 2014."

“Iron-doped apatite nanoparticles for improvement of phage therapy,” J. M. Andriolo, R. M. Hensleigh, C. A. McConnell, M. Pedulla, K. Hailer, R. Kasinath, G. Wyss, W. Gleason, and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 06FD01, September 2014."

“Spatial sensing using electrical impedance tomography,” Bryan R. Loyola, Valeria La Saponara, Kenneth J. Loh, Timothy M. Briggs, Gregory O’Bryan, and Jack L. Skinner, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 2357-2367, June 2013.

“Detection of spatially distributed damage in fiber-reinforced polymer composites,” Bryan R. Loyola, Timothy M. Briggs, Luciana Arronche, Kenneth J. Loh, Valeria La Saponara, Greg O’Bryan, and Jack L. Skinner, Journal of Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp. 225-240, May 2013.

“Fabrication of a large, ordered, three-dimensional nanocup array,” Joanne C. Lo, Soon Gweon Hong, Richard J. Anderson, Luke P. Lee, David A. Horsley, and Jack L. Skinner, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 101, pp. 081109, August 2012.

“Nanofabrication of SERS device by an integrated block-copolymer and nanoimprint lithography method,” E. L. Yang, C. C. Liu, C. A. Steinhaus, C. Y. P. Yang, P. F. Nealey, and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 28, Iss. 6, pp. C6M93-C6M97, November/December 2010.

“Nanotube surface functionalization effects in blended multi-walled carbon nanotubes/PVDF composites,” G. O’Bryan, E. L. Yang, T. Zifer, K. Wally, J. L. Skinner, and A. L. Vance, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, DOI: 10.1002/app.33264, November 2010.

“Fabrication methods for creating flexible polymer substrate sensor tags,” H. Ho and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 27, Iss. 6, pp. 3104-3108, November/December 2009.

“Low-power electrothermal actuation for microelectromechanical systems,” J. L. Skinner, P. M. Dentinger, F. W. Strong, and S. E. Gianoulakis, Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS, Vol. 7, Iss. 4, pp. 043025-1-7, November 2008.

“Large-area subwavelength aperture arrays fabricated using nanoimprint lithography,” J. L. Skinner, L. L. Hunter, A. A. Talin, J. Provine, and D. A. Horsley, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 527-531, September 2008.

“Electrical discharge across micrometer-scale gaps for planar MEMS structures in air at atmospheric pressure,” F. W. Strong, J. L. Skinner, and N. C. Tien, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 18, pp. 075025-1-11, July 2008.

“A MEMS light modulator based on diffractive nanohole gratings,” J. L. Skinner, A. A. Talin, and D. A. Horsley, Optics Express, Vol. 16, Iss. 6, pp. 3701-3711, March 2008.

“Effect of critical dimension variation on SAW correlator energy,” J. L. Skinner, G. F. Cardinale, A. A. Talin, and R. W. Brocato, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 497-501, February 2006.

“High strain behavior of composite thin film piezoelectric membranes,” I. Demir, A. L. Olson, J. L. Skinner, C. D. Richards, R. F. Richards, and D. F. Bahr, Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 75, Iss. 1, pp. 12-23, July 2004.