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BOLES Steven

B.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Room: CF608



Dr. Boles currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. From 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the technical staff at Lumileds Lighting in San Jose, CA. Starting in 2005, he conducted his Ph.D. research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Following his graduation in 2010, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist with the Institute for Applied Materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2014 he joined PolyU as part of strategic effort to bring interdisciplinary expertise in materials science to electrical engineering.

Dr. Boles specializes in the characterization and development of advanced electronic materials for a variety of energy-focused applications. In particular, his research makes use of in-situ and ex-situ electron microscopy to gain basic insight and understanding into the coupled electrical-mechanical response of nanoscale materials under applied stress. He also has interest in developing electrochemical energy storage systems for use in extreme and/or harsh environments.

Refereed Journals

2017 - 2018

1. ZHENG,Tianye#, TAHMASEBI,Mohammad H., LI,Bei#, LI,Ying, RAN,Sijia#, GLEN,Tom S., LAM,K.H. , CHOI,In-Suk and BOLES,Steven Tyler, "Sputtered Titanium Nitride Films on Titanium Foam Substrates as Electrodes for High-Power Electrochemical Capacitors". ChemElectroChem, pp.1-10 (Jun 2018) ISSN 21960216(print) (

2016 - 2017

1. AL-OBEIDI,Ahmed, KRAMER,Dominik, BOLES,Steven Tyler, MÖNIG,Reiner and THOMPSON,Carl V., "Mechanical measurements on lithium phosphorous oxynitride coated silicon thin film electrodes for lithium-ion batteries during lithiation and delithiation". Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 109, No. 7, pp.71902 (Aug 2016) ISSN 0003-6951(print), 1077-3118(electronic) (

Invited Conference Papers

Honours and Awards

- Alexander-von-Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

- Lumileds Lighting Recognition Award

Patents granted