Dr. Anthony De Luca

    Post-Doctoral Researcher
    Co-advised with Prof. David Seidman

    Phone: 847.467.2595
    Email: anthony.deluca@northwestern.edu
    Address: 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Born in Marseille, France, I got my MS degree at the Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in materials science and microelectronic engineering in 2010. I then did a Ph.D. in the materials science department of the Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence (IM2NP) laboratory, again at Aix-Marseille University, and obtained it in January 2014.

My Ph.D subject was to study the atomic redistribution of metallic contaminants in silicon and near a SiO2/Si interface during microelectronic process. This work was conducted in the frame of the COMET project. To conduct this study, I used three characterization techniques which were: the Atom Probe Tomography (APT), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). The use of these three techniques allowed me to investigate the chemical distribution of the contaminants close to the SiO2/Si interface, measure the chemical composition of precipitates and identify their crystalline structures. I have investigated the diffusion, segregation and precipitation of five metallic contaminants (W, Fe, Mo, Ni and Au) during diffusion annealing and oxidation annealing of the silicon contaminated wafers.

After this Ph.D was completed, I switched from microelectronic subject to Metallurgy when I joined both the Dunand and Seidman research groups, as a postdoctoral fellow on a joint project between Northwestern University and Ford. My job here is to engineer a new high-temperature light-weight precipitation-hardened aluminum alloy.

I investigate the properties of alloy by means of microhardness and creep measurement. In order to understand more precisely which of the different possible mechanism for precipitation hardening is responsible for the increase in hardness, atom probe tomography is performed to obtain the chemical compositions, sizes and distributions of nano-scale precipitates.


  1. De Luca, A., Dunand, D. C., & Seidman, D. N. (2018). Microstructure and mechanical properties of a precipitation-strengthened Al-Zr-Sc-Er-Si alloy with a very small Sc content. Acta Materialia, 144, 80-91.
  2. De Luca, A., Portavoce, A., Texier, M., Burle, N., Mangelinck, D., & Isella, G. (2017). First stages of Ni reaction with the Si (Ge) alloy. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 695, 2799-2811.
  3. Erdeniz, D., Nasim, W., Malik, J., Yost, A. R., Park, S., De Luca, A., ... & Dunand, D. C. (2017). Effect of vanadium micro-alloying on the microstructural evolution and creep behavior of Al-Er-Sc-Zr-Si alloys. Acta Materialia, 124, 501-512.
  4. Erdeniz, D., Nasim, W., Malik, J., Yost, A. R., Park, S., De Luca, A., ... & Dunand, D. C. (2017). Corrigendum to “Effect of vanadium micro-alloying on the microstructural evolution and creep behavior of Al-Er-Sc-Zr-Si alloys”[Acta Materialia 124 (2017) 501–512](S1359645416309004)(10.1016/j. actamat. 2016.11. 033). Acta Materialia, 133.
  5. De Luca, A., Dunand, D. C., & Seidman, D. N. (2016). Mechanical properties and optimization of the aging of a dilute Al-Sc-Er-Zr-Si alloy with a high Zr/Sc ratio. Acta Materialia, 119, 35-42.
  6. De Luca, A., Texier, M., Portavoce, A., Burle, N., Grosjean, C., Morata, S., & Michel, F. (2015). Mechanism of ß-FeSi2 precipitates growth-and-dissolution and pyramidal defects' formation during oxidation of Fe-contaminated silicon wafers. Journal of Applied Physics, 117(11), 115302.
  7. A. De Luca, A. Portavoce, M. Texier, C. Grosjean, N. Burle, V. Oison, B. Pichaud, ”Tungsten diffusion in silicon”, Journal of Applied Physics 115 (2014) 013501, doi:10.1063/1.4859455
  8. F. Panciera, D. Mangelinck, K.Hoummada, M.Texier, M.Bertoglio, A. De Luca, M.Gregoire, M. Juhel, ”Direct epitaxial growth of -Ni2Si by reaction of thin Ni(10 at.%Pt) film with Si(100) substrate”, Scripta Materialia, 78-79 (2014) pp 9-12, doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2014.01.010
Conference papers
  1. "Scandium-enriched Nano-precipitates in aluminum provide enhanced coarsening and creep resistance", A. De Luca, D.C. Dunand and D.N. Seidman, Light Metals 2018 (accepted)
  2. "W and Fe redistribution in Si during annealing and oxidation", A. Portavoce, A. De Luca, N.Burle and M. Texier, Defect and Diffusion Forum (accepted)
  3. "Atomic redistribution of implanted Fe and associated defects around moving SiO2/Si interfaces" A. De Luca, N. Burle, A. Portavoce, C. Grosjean, S. Morata, M. Texier, Physica Status Solidi c 12 (2015) 1166-1169 doi:10.1002/pssc.201400233.
  4. A. De Luca, A. Portavoce, M. Texier, N. Burle, B. Pichaud, ”Dynamic segregation of metallic impurities at SiO2 /Si interfaces”, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 471 (2013) 012029, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/471/1/012029
  5. M. Texier, A. De Luca, B. Pichaud, M. Jublot, C. Tromas, J.L. Demenet, J. Rabier, ”Evidence of perfect dislocations’glide in nanoindented 4H-SiC”, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 471 (2013) 012013, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/471/1/012013.