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James S. Schilling

Professor Emeritus

Office Contact Information

215 Crow

Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

(314) 935-6239
(314) 935-6219

Research Interests

The primary thrust of the research in my group is to study the influence of high hydrostatic pressure and extreme pressures exceeding two million atmospheres on the superconducting, magnetic, and structural properties of exotic condensed matter systems. In some experiments we utilize the extraordinary ficilities available at the Advanced Photon Source (synchrotron) in the Argonne National Labs near Chicago. The research of my group is currently focussed on the properties of high-temperature and other unconventional superconductors as well as pressure-induced volume collapse and Kondo-lattice phenomena in elemental lanthanide metals.

For a more detailed description of current research and PDF files of recent publications, please visit my group website.


James Schilling's Publication List Since 1990


1969 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
1963 B.S., University of Notre Dame


Professional History

Professor Schilling received his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Notre Dame in 1963 and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1969. The topic of the Ph.D. research under the supervision of Maurice B. Webb was "Low-Energy Electron Diffraction on Liquid Mercury". As a postdoctoral associate from 1969-72 at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, he began his research in high-pressure physics in Edgar L├╝scher's group working in the laboratory of Wilfried Holzapfel. He then continued his research on a permanent position in the institute of Siegfried Methfessel at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he received the Habilitation degree and was awarded an extraordinary professorship. In 1986 Prof. Schilling joined the faculty at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich before coming to Washington University in 1990.

Professor Schilling is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was Chairman of the Gordon Conference on "Research at High Pressures" in 1998. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the German Physical Society, and the European Physical Society. He is coeditor of the book "Physics of Solids under High Pressure".