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Sean J. Hearne




PhD, Solid State Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

MS, Solid State Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

BS, Aviation Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott AZ


Professional Societies

Materials Research Society  2001 – present

American Associate for the Advancement of Science  2016 – present

American Physical Society  2016 – present

Sigma Pi Sigma  1993 – present



  1. 8,736,108 – “Photovoltaic system”, Gregory N. Nielson, Murat Okandan, Anthony L. Lentine, William C. Sweatt, Paul Gilbert Clem, Sean J. Hearne, Paul Davids, Dale L. Huber, Jeffrey S. Nelson, Christopher Alan Apblett (issued 2014).
  2. 8,679,860 - “Lateral electrodeposition of compositionally modulated metal layers”, Sean J. Hearne (issued 2014).
  3. 6,930,391 – “Method for alloy-electroplating group IB metals with refractory metals for interconnections”, Grant M. Kloster, Sean J. Hearne (issued 2005).


  1. Stress evolution during growth of 1-D island arrays: Kinetics and length scaling, Chason, E; Engwall, AM; Miller, CM; Chen, C-H; Bhandari, A; Soni, SK; Hearne, SJ; Freund, LB; Sheldon, BW, Scripta Materialia 97, 33-36 (2015).
  2. Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan, Sean J. Hearne, Summer Ferreira, Mark Smith, Abbas Akhil, Amanda Spinney; Landis Kannberg, Vincent Sprenkle, & David Conover ; Matthew Paiss; Michael A. Stosser; Robert S. Fleishman, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Delivery and Energy Reliability (2014).
  3. Growth of patterned island arrays to identify origins of thin film stress, Chason, E; Shin, JW; Chen, C-H; Engwall, AM; Miller, CM; Hearne, SJ; Freund, LB, Journal of Applied Physics 115(12) 123519, (2014).
  4. Origins of saccharin-induced stress reduction based on observed fracture behavior of electrodeposited Ni films, Soni, Sumit K; Sheldon, Brian W; Hearne, Sean J, Journal of Materials Science 49 (3)1399-1407 (2014).
  5. Grid Energy Storage, Imre Gyuk, Mark Johnson, John Vetrano, Kevin Lynn, William Parks, Rachna Handa, Landis Kannberg, Sean Hearne, Karen Waldrip, Ralph Braccio, U.S. Department of Energy (2013).
  6. Kinetic model for dependence of thin film stress on growth rate, temperature, and microstructure, Chason, E; Shin, JW; Hearne, SJ; Freund, LB, Journal of Applied Physics 111(8) 83520, (2012).
  7. Microstructural origins of saccharin-induced stress reduction in electrodeposited Ni, Bhandari, Abhinav; Hearne, Sean J; Sheldon, Brian W; Soni, Sumit K, Journal of The Electrochemical Society 156(8) D279-D282, (2009).
  8. Competition between tensile and compressive stress creation during constrained thin film island coalescence, Bhandari, Abhinav; Sheldon, Brian W; Hearne, Sean J, Journal of Applied Physics      101(3) 33528, (2007).
  9. Directed assembly of nanowire contacts using electrodeposition, Ingole, S; Aella, P; Hearne, Sean J; Picraux, ST, Applied Physics Letters 91(3) 033106-033106-3, (2007).
  10. In Situ Stress Measurement of Thin Films, S. J. Hearne and J. A. Floro, Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology, pp. 9251-9257 (Elsevier, Oxford, UK 2001).