Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society





Holm Conference on
Electrical Contacts



The Holm Conference Prize Paper Award was established in 1970.  At that time, the Conference Steering Committee recognized that at each Conference there was at least one paper that stood out from the others in its technical content and quality of presentation.   Therefore, the Prize Paper Award Committee was established.  The Committee’s purpose is to review each paper, listen to each presentation and then judge which paper should receive the Prize Paper Award.  The award is presented to the authors of the Prize Paper at the following year’s Holm Conference.


The Previous Awardees have been:

2015    Novel Materials Solutions and Simulations for Nanoelectromechanical Switches, F. Streller, G.E. Wabiszewski, D.B. Durham, F. Yang, J. Yang, Y. Qi, D.J. Srolovitz,  A.M. Rappe, and R.W. Carpick

2014   Fundamentals Based Approach to Predict Socket Stack Performance, K. Meyyappan, A. McAllister, A. Abraham, V. Krithivasan, and G. Murtagian

2013   Characterization of EMI/RFI in Commercial and Industrial Electrical Systems, X. Zhou, J.J. Shea, and B. Pahl

2012   Application of (Motor Protection) Circuit Breakers in Combination with Variable Frequency Drives, H. Weichert, P. Benz, and S. Liberto

2011   Compliant Carbon Nanotube-Metal Contact Structures, Onnik Yaglioglu, Rod Martens, Anyuan Cao, and A. H. Slocum   

2010   RF Currents Produced from AC Arcs with Asymmetrical Electrodes, J.J. Shea & X. Zhou

2009   A Simplified Model of Multiscale Electrical Contact Resistance and Comparison to Existing Closed Form Models,  R. Jackson, R. Malucci, S. Angadi & R. Polchow

2008   Influence of Grafting Properties of Organic Thin Films for Low Level Electrical Contacts Protection, S. Noel, D. Alamarguy, A. Benedetto, P. Viel, M. Balog

2007   Basic Investigations for Switching of RF Signals,  W. Johler

2006   Glowing Contact Physics,  J. J. Shea

2005   Pore Corrosion Model for Gold Plated Copper Contacts,  A.C. Sun, H.K. Moffat, D.G. Enos, and C.S. Glauner

2004   Electrical Conduction through Small Contact Spots,  R. Timsit

2003   A Novel Concept for Fault Current Tolerable Contactors,  X. Zhou and M. Little

2002   Gassing Arc Chamber Wall Material Effect on Post Current-Zero Recovery Voltage Breakdown,    J. J. Shea

2001   3D-Simulation of Arc Motion Between Arc Runners Including the Influence of Ferromagnetic Material,  M. Lindmayer and M. Springstubbe

2000   Contact Current Distortion Due to Tunnel Effect,  E. Takano

1999   Make Arc Erosion and Welding in the Automotive Area,  L. Morin, N. Ben Jemaa, D. Jeannot, J. Pinard, and L. Nedelec

1998   Contact Physics of Gold MicroContacts for MEM Switches ,  D. Hyman and M. Mehregany

1997   Intermittence Detection in Fretting Corrosion Studies of Electrical Contacts,  S.R. Murrell and S.L. McCarthy

1996   Surface Film Resistivity of Cu and Cu-Alloy Crosswires ,  D. Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf and A. M. Rijke

1995   Connector Contacts:   Corrosion Inhibiting Surface Treatment for Gold Plated Finishes ,  W. H. Abbott and M. Antler

1994   Effects of Wipe on Contact Resistance of Aged Surfaces ,  B. Malucci

1993   Model Predictions of ARC Cathode Erosion Rate Dependance on Plasma Gas and on Cathode Material ,  X. Zhou, J. Heberlein and E. Pfender

1992   Effect of Axial Magnetic Field Upon the Development of the Vacuum Arc Between Opening Electric Contacts ,  M.B. Schulman, P.G. Slade and J. Heberlein

1991   Enhanced Sulfur Segregation in Plastically Deformed OFHC Cu and the Effect of Surface Segregated Sulfur on Electric Contact Resistance ,  R. Kothari and R. Vook

1990   The “Melting” Voltage in Electrical Contacts,  R. Timsit

1989   Current-induced Aging of Contact Spots,  M. Runde, E. Hodne and B. Totdal

1988   A New Rapid Screening Method for Silicones by Size Exclusion Chromatography,  A.J. Muller and R.L. Opila

1987   The Development and Performance Characteristics of Mixed Flowing Gas Test Environments,  W.H. Abbott

1986   In Situ Examination of Segregation and Wear Processes of Precious Metal Electrical Contact Alloys,  L.E. Pope and D.E. Peebles

1985   Comparison of Reignition Properties of Several Ag/W, Ag/WC and Ag/Mo Electrical Contact Materials,  C.H. Leung, H.J. Kim and P.C. Wingert

1984   Titanium Nitride:  A Potential Ceramic Low Energy Contact Material,  J. Nickerson, C. Ernsberger, and A.E. Miller

1983   The Vacuum Interrupter Contact,  P. G. Slade

1982   Sliding Wear of Inlay Clad Metals and Electrodeposited Cobalt-Gold,  M. Antler and E.T. Ratliff

1981   Cathode Spot Mechanism in the Transition from a Vacuum Metal Vapor Arc to a Nitrogen Arc-Erosion and Surface Contaminations Arced Copper Cathodes,  D.R. Porto and C.W. Kimblin

1980   The Elucidation of Frictional Polymer Structure Using Fourier Transform, Infrared Spectroscopy and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy,  L. Seebles and B.T. Reagor

1979   Effect of Alkali Additives on the Reignition Voltage of Ag/CdO,  M. Lindmayer

1978   Wear of Gold Electrodeposits:   Effect of Substrate and of Nickel Underplate,  M. Antler and M.H. Drozdowicz

1977   High Current Brushes I:   Effect of Brush and Ring Materials .  J.L. Johnson and L.E. Moberly

1975   Silicon Oils on Electrical Contacts*b2Effects, Sources and Countermeasures ,  C.A. Russell and N.M. Kitchen

1974   A Correlation of Material Toughness, Thermal Shock, Resistance, and Microstructure of High Tungsten, Silver-Tungsten Composite Materials,  G.J. Witter and W.R. Warke

1973   The Use of Ceramic Matrices Infiltrated with Silver for Electric Contact Applications,  P.G. Slade, R. Kossowsky, R.G. Aspden and R.J. Bratton

1972   Tribological Properties of Gold for Electric Contacts,  M. Antler

1971   The Effect of Electrode Material on the Initial Expansion of an Arc in Vacuum,  P.G. Slade and M.F. Hoyaux

1970   Scanning Electron Microscopy of Contact Surfaces Before and After Arcing,  M.J. Vasile and B.W. Kammlott



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