Beth Hudak

Class of 2010 Written by Monica Hoel

A press release from the University of Kentucky tries to explain the science in terms we can all understand: haven’t we all held a cell phone in our hands and noticed it getting a bit too hot? The research and discovery done by Beth Hudak just might make that sensation obsolete.

Beth earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Emory & Henry in 2010, and finished her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 2017. While working with a team of researchers she has just made an exciting breakthrough in polymorphs of the inorganic compound hafnium dioxide – used commonly in optical coatings.

The results have implications for more efficient microchip technology.

The paper on the work was recently published by Nature Communications, and the work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, and NASA Kentucky. The research is getting national attention, and is currently featured as a banner headline on the website for the National Science Foundation.

Read the press release from UK explaining the work here.

Beth is now working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

This screen shot shows Beth's work featured on the NSF webpage.

  • Beth Hudak's work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation.
    Beth Hudak's work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation.
  • This screen shot shows Beth's work featured on the NSF webpage.
    This screen shot shows Beth's work featured on the NSF webpage.