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Kathryn A. Perrine

Assistant Professor
Michigan Technological University
United States of America


The Perrine research group focuses on understanding reactions and processes at surfaces and interfaces,from pure metals to heterogeneous materials. Understanding surface chemical reactions at the molecular level, from adsorption of molecules in the gas phase and in solution, will help elucidate reaction mechanisms and surface transformations of materials in controlled conditions. We also focus on designing heterogeneous materials and architectures that will model catalysts and minerals to determine their fundamental physical and chemical properties under model and real conditions. A variety of surface analysis instruments are utilized to understand surface chemistry, including vibrational spectroscopy, electron spectroscopies, mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Our program is multidisciplinary encompassing research in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering. Our aim is to understand fundamental physical and chemical processes than impact the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and environmental science.

Research Interest

Surface chemistry and interfacial science Reactivity of gases and solutions on metal oxide materials under model (ultra-high vacuum) and real (near ambient pressure) conditions Designing metal-oxide architectures and nanostructures on various substrates; Atomic Layer Deposition and tailored growth approaches Growth, properties and reactions on heterogeneous structures for energy and environmental applications


  • Perrine, K. A.; Lin, J.-M..; Teplyakov, A. V. Controlling the formation of metallic nanoparticles on functionalized silicon surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C, 116(27) 2012 14431-14444

  • Margarella, A. M.; Perrine, K. A.; Lewis, T.; Faubel, M.; Winter, B.; Hemminger, J. C. Dissociation of sulfuric acid in aqueous solution: determination of the photoelectron spectral fingerprints of H2SO4, HSO4- and SO4- in water. J. Phys. Chem. C, 117(16) 2013 8131-8137.

  • Perrine, K. A.; Van Spyk, M. H. C.; Margarella, A. M.; Winter, B.; Faubel, M.; Bluhm H.; Hemminger, J. C. Characterization of the acetonitrile aqueous solution/vapor interface by liquid-jet X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. C, 118(50) 2014 29378–29388.

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