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Chemical Speciation on Heterogeneous Surfaces and Interfaces


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

opportunity location
50.64.61.C0249 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Pamela M. Chu 301.975.2988
Christopher Douglas Zangmeister 301.975.8709


Many technologically important materials rely on nanostructured surfaces to achieve desired functional properties. As nanofabrication capabilities advance, chemically or electronically active materials routinely consist of films only Angstroms in thickness and forming spatially isolated patterns with some lateral dimensions in the low nanometers. Example systems include core-shell structures used in catalyst systems, layered two-dimensional (2D) materials used in nanoelectronics, and self-aligned chemical patterning used for semiconductor manufacturing. This research opportunity focuses on metrology for the chemical characterization of surfaces and interfaces found in heterogeneous thin film and nanoparticle systems. Of particular interest are species distributions on patterned surfaces, nucleation and film formation, and dynamical surface processes occurring during vapor/gas phase chemical processes. Available resources include chemical vapor and atomic layer deposition systems with optical diagnostic tools for thin film growth and surface modification, cleanroom facilities for nanofabrication, and state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray beamline facilities, operated by NIST at Brookhaven National Laboratory, to perform X-ray absorption near edge spectrometry (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments.

key words
Nanofabrication; Nanomaterials; Interfaces; Electronic Materials; Energy Materials; Catalysis; Synchrotron; X-ray; EXAFS; XANES


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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