Meet CMI Researcher Lynn Boatner

Image of Lynn Boatner, researcher with Critical Materials InstituteCMI researcher Lynn A. Boatner, an ORNL Corporate Fellow and Battelle Distinguished Inventor, is currently the Director of the ORNL Center for Radiation Detection Materials and Systems, and he leads the Synthesis and Properties of Novel Materials Group in the ORNL Materials Science and Technology Division.  He holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University. 

Lynn is a Fellow of the following societies: The American Physical Society, The Materials Research Society, The American Ceramic Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Mineralogical Society of America, ASM International, and the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining of the United Kingdom.  He is the recipient of four IR-100 Awards (1982,1985,1996, 2010); the Frank H. Spedding Award for Excellence in Rare Earth Research; the Jesse W. Beams Prize of the American Physical Society Southeastern Section; the Elegant Work Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining of the United Kingdom; the Francis F. Lucas Award of the American Society for Metals International; The Pierre Jacquet Gold Medal Award of the International Metallographic Society; the AACG Crystal Growth Award of the American Association for Crystal Growth; a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer; The DuBose-Crouse Award for Unique, Unusual, and New Techniques in Microscopy presented by the International Metallographic Society and ASM International, (2009); and a U.S. Department of Defense Innovative Technology Award (2006).

He has 603 publications with 17,242 citations (h = 65), and he holds 20 U.S. Patents. Lynn has served as the chair of the APS Division of Materials Physics, the APS Committee on Membership, the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs, and as an APS Representative on the U.S. Liaison Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. 

For the Critical Materials Institute, Lynn Boatner works on methods to develop new efficient phosphors without critical material content for lighting.