Diana Berman

Assistant Professor
Discovery Park E102
940-891-6778
Diana.Berman@unt.edu
  • Education

    Ph.D. in Physics, North Carolina State University, NC, 2012

    M.S. in Physics, North Carolina State University, NC, 2007

    B.S. in Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, 2005

  • Research

    Research Interest and Expertise

    Tribology: Friction, Adhesion, and Wear

    Nanostructures, Surfaces, and Interfaces

    Carbon Films: diamond films, graphene, diamond like carbon

    Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems, Nanodevices

  • Publications

    Selected Publications


    D. Berman, S. Deshmukh, S. Sankaranarayanan, A. Erdemir, A. V. Sumant: “Macroscale superlubricity enabled by graphene nanoscroll formation”, Science, 348, 6239, 1118 (2015).

    D. Berman,  S.A. Deshmukh, S. Sankaranarayanan, Y. Liu, A. Zinovev, D. Rosenmann, A. V. Sumant: “Metal induced transformation of diamond into single domain graphene on wafer scale in seconds”, Nature Communications, 12099 (2016)

    D. Berman, A. Erdemir, A. Zinovev, A.V. Sumant: “Nanoscale friction properties of graphene and graphene oxide”. Diamond and Relat Mater, 54, 91 (2015).

    D. Berman, S. Deshmukh, S. Sankaranarayanan, A. Erdemir, A. V. Sumant: “Extraordinary macroscale wear resistance of one atom thick graphene layer”, Advanced Functional Materials, 24, 6640 (2014).

    D. Berman, A. Erdemir, A.V. Sumant: “Graphene: A new emerging lubricant”. Materials Today, 17, 31-42 (2014).

    D. Berman, A. Erdemir, A.V. Sumant: “Graphene as a protective coating and superior lubricant for electrical contacts”. Applied Physics Lett, 105, 231907 (2014).

    D. Berman, A. Erdemir, A.V. Sumant: “Few layer graphene to reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces”. Carbon, 54, 454-459 (2013)

    D. Berman, A. Erdemir, A.V. Sumant: “Reduced Wear and Friction Enabled by Graphene Layers on Sliding Steel Surfaces in Dry Nitrogen”, Carbon, 59, 167-175 (2013)

    D. Berman, J. Krim: “Surface Science, MEMS and NEMS: Progress and opportunities for surface science research performed on, or by, microdevices.” Progress in Surface Science, Invited Review Article, 88, 171-211 (2013).

    D. Berman, and J. Krim: “Impact of oxygen and argon plasma exposure on the roughness of gold film surfaces”, Thin Solid Films, 520, 6201–6206 (2012)

    D. Berman, M. J. Walker, C. Nordquist, and J. Krim: “Impact of adsorbed organic monolayers on vacuum electron tunneling contributions to electrical resistance at an asperity contact.” J. Appl. Phys., 110, 11 (2011)

    M. J. Walker, D. Berman, C. Nordquist, and J. Krim: Electrical Contact Resistance and device lifetime measurements of Au-RuO2 based RF MEMS exposed to hydrocarbons in vacuum and nitrogen environments.”Tribol. Lett., 44, 305 (2011)

    D. Berman, M.J. Walker and J. Krim: Contact voltage-induced softening of RF microelectromechanical system gold-on-gold contacts at cryogenic temperatures.” J. Appl. Phys. 108, 044307 (2010)

  • Professional Experience

    Experience

    • 01/16 - 08/16  Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Materials, IL
    • 02/12 - 01/16  PostDoctoral Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Materials, IL
    • 07/12 - 08/12  Adjunct Professor, Moraine Valley Community College, Physics Department, IL

     

    Associations

    • AAAS
    • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (Materials Tribology Section Co-Chair)
    • American Physical Society
    • American Vacuum Society
  • Patents
    PATENT APPLICATION


    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir, Superlubricating Graphene  Films (US20140023864A1, WO2014015165A1 )

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir, Superlubricating Graphene and Graphene Oxide Films (US20150197701A1)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, Graphene Layer Formation at Low Substrate Temperature on a Metal and Carbon Based Substrate (US20150206748A1)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir, Low Friction Wear Resistant Graphene Films (US20150367381)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, A. Erdemir, Nanoparticles-enabled Superlubricity in Graphene at Macroscale (ANL-IN-14-029)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, A. Erdemir, Effect of Hydrogen in Extending the Wear-life of Single and Few Layer Graphene Coated Steel Contacts (ANL-IN-14-027)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, A. Erdemir, 2D Materials for Achieving The Superlubricity State in Sliding Interfaces (ANL-IN-15-130)

    A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, A. Erdemir, Graphene Nanodiamond Solution for Achieving Superlubricity on Variety of Substrates (ANL-IN-15-131)

  • Honors and Awards

    Outstanding Postdoctoral Performance, Argonne National Laboratory (2016)

    TechConnect National Innovation Award 2016 for “Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity” technology.

    Best Poster Preview Award, Gordon Research Conference (2014)

    Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi  (2008)

  • Groups