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Surface Science

Surface Science involves the study of the physics and chemistry that occurs at surfaces and interfaces. The term Surface Science came into common use in the 1960s. Since that time there has been an explosive expansion in the field which has been driven by advancing sophistication in instrumentation and by an expanding array of surface property characterization techniques. Surface Science is interesting because there is usually a marked difference between properties that occur on the surface and in the bulk of materials.

Professors Currently Involved in Surface Science:

  • Dr. Doug Dunham
    • Dr. Dunham's research:
    • Electronic and structural characterization of semiconductor surfaces
    • Oxidation of semiconductor surfaces
    • photemission electron microscopy
    • More details on Dr. Dunham's research
  • Dr. Matt Evans
    • Dr. Evans' research:
    • Investigating the growth of metals on silicon by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
    • Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and properties of thin magnetic films on gallium arsenide
  • Dr. Kim Pierson
    • Dr. Pierson's research:
    • Collaborations with local semiconductor companies to perform Transmission Electron Microscopy analysis
    • Thin film deposition and analysis for semiconductor applications
    • More details on Dr. Pierson's research [Frames-capable browser required]