Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Richard J. Smith, Ph.D -  Professor Emeritus

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Phone: 406-994-6152
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EPS Room 264C, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

Related Links:
Ionbeams research group


Selected Honors, Awards, and Public Outreach/Service:

1983 MSU Alumni-Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence (Lisa Peterson '84)

1998 Wiley Award for Meritorius Research

2007 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring

2008 Fellow of the American Vacuum Society 

Biographical Sketch:

B.A. 1969 Saint Mary's College, Winona, MN

Ph.D. 1975 Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2008 to present: Head, Physics Department, Montana State University

1989 to present: Professor, Physics Department, Montana State University

1987 to 1988: Visiting Scientist FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1980 to 1989: Assoc. Professor, Physics Dept., Montana State University

1978 to 1980 Assistant Scientist, Physics Department,Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York

1975 to 1977: Post-doctoral Research Assoc., Physics Dept., Montana State University


Professor Smith is using MeV ion backscattering/channeling and electron spectroscopies to determine the atomic structure at solid surfaces and at solid-solid interfaces. At present, the emphasis of this research is on epitaxial growth and the formation of alloys at metal-metal interfaces. Ion beam techniques are also used to measure the oxidation rates and thermal stability of metal surfaces on current collectors in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, and to characterize improved anodes for SOFCs.

Selected Publications:
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"Regenerative SOFC Development for Aerospace Technology Platforms" NASA EPSCoR (MSGC) $750,000 Angela DesJardins/PI, Stephen Sofie/Science PI, co-Investigators (Gannon, Idzerda, Shaw, Smith) 9/1/09 to 8/31/12

Academic Responsibilities:
Classes being taught by Dr. Smith this semester are listed below. Follow the link to find the online content for the class:-

Personal webpage updated: 6/19/2012 9:37:40 PM

Updated: September 2, 2014 12:06