Please join us this Thursday, 1/14/2021, for the next NanoES seminar featuring the president and CEO of Zyvex Lab and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. The seminar will take place on zoom:

Digital Atomic-Scale Fabrication:

A new approach to Atomically Precise Manufacturing

John N. Randall

Zyvex Labs, Richardson Texas

I will be giving a talk at the 7th International APXPS Workshop 2020, hosted by Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) on Wednesday, December 16th at 9:05 am (PT), SouthKorea. My talk will be on "Operando Studies of Surface Oxidation Reactions at Gas/Solid Interfaces by Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy."  

Today is the National Nano Day 10/9; pays homage to the nanometer scale 10^-9 meters. 

Atomically resolved single defect recorded on geological

I'm very sad to share that Distinguished Professor Patricia “Pat” Thiel passed away on Sept. 7, 2020. Thiel, a distinguished professor with ISU’s Department of Chemistry and an appointment in MSE, as well as a scientist with Ames Laboratory, was a faculty member at Iowa State for over 35 years, including roles as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chief Research Officer of the Ames Laboratory. Pat was an extraordinary person — brilliant, kind, and thoughtful. I enjoyed every discussion with her.

02/02/2020 - Ph.D. Positions
There are several funded openings for outstanding students seeking a Ph.D. in areas related to nanomaterials, synthesis, catalysis, and surface and interface characterization. Undergraduate and master students with degrees in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering, are encouraged to apply. For students with non-Chemical Engineering degrees, it will be necessary to take several background courses. More information can be found at

12/18/2019 - Congratulations to Derek Dardzinski, a chemical engineering Honors College senior, to be recognized as one of the “Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering,” at an October symposium hosted by North Carolina State University. Read More

11/01/2019 Looking for a CBEE Lab worker - Apply here

This recruitment will be used to create a pool of interested applicants to fill Lab Assistant positions for the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University as the need arises. These positions vary from 1-20 hours per week depending on the need and assignment.
Position Duties

100% Duties to be determined by hiring unit/supervisor and may include book reviews and publication research, experimentation in a laboratory setting, laboratory set-up and maintenance, data collection and analysis, and other related tasks.

Other duties are performed specific to the funding and research topic. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Work in a chemical laboratory performing chemical reactions, chemical analyses, instrument operation, general cleanup duties, chemical purchasing, report and publication writing and presentations to various audiences depending on the project.
- Computer modelling
- Work with hazardous chemicals and/or materials as needed, depending on the project.
- Prepare samples for testing.
- Manage data and experiment analysis
- Use all manner of common lab equipment, such as microscopes, scales, measurement devices, testing machines, power saws, and data collection systems to address project goals.

9/6/2019 - Congratulations
Derek Dardzinski, a chemical engineering senior, took top honors in the undergrad competition at the 2019 Symposium of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Vacuum Society, held Sept. 5-6 at Washington State University. Jacqueline Frawley and Spencer Falk received honorable mentions.

8/15/2019 - Special guest speaker Robert M. Wallace, from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, will be visiting CBEE on Sept. 3 to talk about "2D Materials for Nanoelectronics." A flyer with a brief abstract and bio is shown below. 

• Trey Diulus Ph.D. Defense - July 18th at 2 pm in Johnson 102 
Thesis title: Characterization and Investigations of Thin-Film Materials with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Major Prof: Dr. Gregory Herman

• Postdoctoral position in ambient-pressure XPS/STM
A Postdoctoral Scholar position with a background in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or Physics is available in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University under the direction of Prof. Gregory Herman. Candidates must have significant experience with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, including several first-author publications, presentations at scientific conferences, and strong project management skills. The candidate will study the surface and interface properties of materials using ambient pressure XPS and STM. Projects include single atom catalysis, surface corrosion, and electronic materials/devices. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with ambient pressure techniques (AP-XPS and/or AP-STM) and will contribute to the educational and research mission of CBEE and OSU.

Further information regarding the research in Prof. Herman’s group, research capabilities, and postdoctoral positions at Oregon State University can be found at, and, respectively.

Candidates must have completed their doctoral defense and be able to start as soon as possible. To apply please send a single pdf file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to

• August 14, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student Chris Smyth on his Best Poster Award at the n-Core NEWLIMITS annual review.
"Processing for Ideal Contacts to Chalcogenide-Based Semiconductors"
Christopher M. Smyth, Lee Walsh, Pavel Bolshakov, Massimo Catalano, Michal Mleczko, Andrew Yu, Michael Schmidt, Brendan Sheehan, Rafik Addou, Jiyoung Kim, Moon Kim, Eric Pop, Chadwin Young, Christopher Hinkle, Robert M. Wallace

• May 15, 2018
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944):
2D Materials for Advanced is now open for submission.
Deadline for manuscript submissions is June 15th, 2019
Guest Editor: Dr. Rafik Addou

• July 13, 2018
Chapter 22. Molecular Beam Epitaxy of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. Lee A. Walsh, Rafik Addou, Robert M. Wallace, Christopher L. Hinkle.
Book. Molecular Beam Epitaxy, From Research to Mass Production, Second Edition, 2018, Edit. Mohamed Henini. ISBN 978-0-12-812136-8

• April 6, 2018 Talk at the MRS Spring 2018 - Phoenix, AZ
• February 28, 2018
The fine-tuning of two-dimensional materials

In situ rhenium doping of monolayer MoS2.
Large-scale atomically-thin 2D films by gas source chemical vapor deposition.
• November 9, 2016
New publication in 2D Materials and oral presentation at the AVS 63, Nashville TN: One Dimensional Metallic Edges in Atomically Thin WSe2

• May 9, 2016
Book: 2D Materials for Nanoelectronics edited by: Michel Houssa, Athanasios Dimoulas, Alessandro Molle
Chapter 7: Physico-Chemical Characterisation of MoS2/Metal and MoS2/Oxide Interfaces,
Stephen McDonnell, Rafik Addou, Christopher L. Hinkle, and Robert M. Wallace
CRC Press (2016). ISBN 978-1-4987-0417-5, DOI: 10.1201/b19623-10

• March 20, 2017
Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find  May Lead to Advanced Electronics

This microscopic nanoflag pattern emerged as sheets of the “stripe” material — molybdenum ditelluride — were heated to about 450 degrees Celsius, at which point its atoms began to rearrange and form new structures — the “stars” in this false-color image.

• April 7, 2016
Lecture for high-school students on 'Introduction to Nano', Zaio-Morocco

• December 4, 2015
Scientists Dramatically Increase Light from Atomic-Sized Materials

• December 24, 2014
"Mind the gap" between atomically thin materials

Colorized TEM image of tungsten disulfide triangles (black) growing on graphene substrate (green).
• March 13, 2013
MRS Bulletin, Nano Focus: Two-dimensional dielectric monolayer grown on metal- supported graphene