Material and Devices Grand Rounds | Institute for Functional Materials and Devices

Friday, October 2 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Friday, October 2
How to judge a book by it's cover: applications of surface science in academia and industry
Ryan Thorpe, Research Scientist, Materials Characterization Facility

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With the rise in importance of nanoscale materials for computing, energy generation, and biomedical applications, it has become crucial to control surfaces and interfaces. This talk will discuss some of the emerging methods that are used to characterize surfaces, with a particular focus on IFMD's state-of-the-art low energy ion scattering (LEIS) and near-ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) instruments.

Ryan is a surface scientist at IFMD, where he runs, maintains, and designs experiments for the NAP-XPS and LEIS instruments. He received his PhD in Physics from Rutgers University studying diffusion pathways in lithium ion batteries. Prior to joining Lehigh, he was a postdoc at Rutgers researching the surface termination of novel semiconductor devices.



Academics & Colleges

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty


Institute for Functional Materials and Devices
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