Spectroscopy and Microscopy of Materials 


Department of Chemistry & Material Science Program, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4630

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Our group specializes in surface, thin film, and nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. We are pioneering two and three dimensional supramolecular design techniques. We are deeply interested in electronic and mechanical properties at the molecular and nanometer scale.  In addition, we have an interest in theoretical modeling of microscopic and spectroscopic results. Experimental techniques include Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Orbital Mediated Tunneling Spectroscopy (OMTS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Secondary Electron and Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM), Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS), Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, Ultra-violet, visible, and photo-electron spectroscopy (UV-Vis, XPS, and UPS). Materials of interest include transition metal complexes, and metalorganics such as phthalocyanines and porphyrins. 
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Supramolecular assembly of coronene and heptanoic acid.

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STM Image of a Mixed Monolayer of Co(II) and Cu(II) Phthalocyanines. The bright spots are the dz2 orbitals of the Co ion in CoPc. McAllister STM and DI electronics. Click on image to learn more!


Principal Contacts.... 

Professor K.W. Hipps -- Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Chair Department of Chemistry. Fellow of the American Physical Society. Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Member, Washington State Academy of Sciences. B.S from the U.T. El Paso, NATO Institute "States of Inorganic Materials" [Oxford 1973], Ph.D. in Chemical Physics [W.S.U 1977], NSF postdoctoral [U. of Michigan 1977-1979], Washington Science Teachers 'Teacher of the Year' [1987]. College of Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award (1999-2000),Graduate and Professional Advisor Award (2000),  University Distinguished Faculty Award (2002). Author of more than 150 publications. Work supported by the National Science Foundation, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and other agencies. 

Professor Ursula Mazur -- Professor, Materials Science Program and Department of Chemistry. B.S from Wayne State University, Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic [U. of Michigan 1979], Author of more than 70 scientific publications. 

Professor Louis Scuiero: . Associate Professor of Chemistry and supervisor of Nanoscale Instrumentation Facility. Author of more than 22 scientific publications.  

Dr. Bhaskar Chilukuri -- Postdoctoral Fellow working on theoretical modeling of adsorption, STM imaging, and spectroscopy.  Experienced computational chemist and author of more than 6 scientific publications.

Bryan Wiggins -- Materials Science & Engineering graduate student studying STM and OMTS.

Jeremy Eskelsen -- Chemistry graduate student studying organic nanostructures.

Abdolreza Jahanbekam -- Materials Science and Engineering graduatestudent studying imaging and spectroscopy of processes occuring as a function of temperature and pressure.

Ashish Bhattarai -- Chemistry graduate student studying imaging and spectroscopy of chemical reactions.


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