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Herbert I. Moss received his BS degree with honors in Chemistry in 1953, from the University of Louisville, KY, and his PhD degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, in 1960. His thesis was on "Vapor Pressures of the Binary Molten Salt Systems; Potassium Chloride-Cadmium Chloride, and Potassium Chloride-Zinc Chloride." From 1953 to 1956 he served as a Teaching Assistant in chemistry and from 1956 to 1959 as a Research Assistant in chemistry at Indiana University. In 1959 he joined RCA Laboratories, Princeton, NJ, where he worked on thin-film and large-area photovoltaic research until 1963. Dr. Moss has made significant contributions in the field of II-VI compound film photovoltaics.
Since 1963 he has been engaged in work on the pressure sintering (hot pressing) of electronic, magnetic, and optically active materials. This work has been concerned with such materials as ferrites and magnetic alloys for video magnetic record/playback heads, III-V and II-VI compound semiconductors, photochromic materials such as CaF2, chalcogenide spinels, lead telluride alloys for thermoelectric applications, lanthanum hexaboride for electron-emitting cathodes, and lead zirconate-lead titanate piezoelectric materials for VideoDisc recordings. The pressure-sintering work has led to a patented design for a die that permits operation with graphite at pressures ten times greater than can be withstood by previous graphite dies. Recently, Dr. Moss has been involved in the growth of single-crystal ferrite for video magnetic recording/playback heads, the pressure sintering of Si3N4, and projects concerned with sapphire and diamond styli for VideoDisc recording and playback.
Dr. Moss is a member of the American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, American Ceramic Society, American Powder Metallurgy Institute, and Sigma Xi, and is listed in American Men and Women of Science. He received an RCA Laboratories Outstanding Achievement Award in 1969 for his work on video magnetic heads.
- RCA 1982 Company Biography
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