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Dr. Ivan G. Petrov is a Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Center for Microanalysis of Materials (CMM) at the University of Illinois, and an honorary Professor of Surface Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K. The CMM is an integrated facility containing the full array - over 30 major instruments - of modern characterization including surface microanalysis, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, x-ray scattering, and ion-beam spectroscopies. Ivan’s research interests are in the area of nanostructural and nanochemical analysis, thin film physics, epitaxial growth, and interfacial reactions. In particular, he has studied the effects of low-energy ion-surface interactions on microstructure evolution during transition-metal nitride layer growth. In 2001 he was awarded an AVS Fellowship for “his seminal contributions in determining the role of low-energy ion/surface interactions for controlling microstructure evolution during low temperature growth of transition metal nitride layers." In 1996 he received the DOE award for Sustained Outstanding Research for "growth of new metastable nitride-based ceramic alloys, superlattices, and multilayers with enhanced properties," and in 1994, 1997, and 2002 the Bunshah award for the best paper presented at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and was a Visiting Professor at Linköping University, Sweden, in 1986, 1987 and 1997. Ivan has published 150 refereed papers and presented over 50 invited and plenary lectures. He has served as chair of many conferences, including the ICMCTF 98 and 99, an 1999 MRS-symposium on “Advances in Materials Problem Solving with the Electron Microscope”, Surface Analysis 2003. Petrov has been a Guest Editor for the journals Thin Solid Films and Surface and Coatings Technology, and is presently a member of the Editorial Board for Vacuum. Ivan can be reached by email at petrov@uiuc.edu.