Principle Investigator

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Dr. Kathryn A. Perrine
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


Dr. Perrine’s research is focused on designing metal oxide structures using bottom-up surface chemical approaches to grow tailored metal oxide heterostructures. These new materials will then be used to study reactions of gas phase and liquid phase reactants under conditions that mimic the environment, such as pH, temperature and light. The new metal oxide and mineral-based materials will also act as platforms for catalytic and photochemical studies. These results will be compared to reactions on real samples, such as minerals, particulates and hygiene products. The goal is to determine the surface chemistry of model and real metal oxide materials that will help us understand fundamental reactions affecting energetic processes, climate change, air quality and human health. By designing and tailoring these heterogeneous materials and understanding the fundamental reactions with different metal oxides, the physical and chemical properties will uncover catalytic and environmental processes.


Dr. Perrine earned her B.S in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina (2004) and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware (2011). She was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine (2011-2015) and visiting scientist at the California Institute of Technology as part of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (2014-2015).


Graduate Students

Mikhail TroughtMikhail Trought
PhD. Chemistry (Spring 2020)
B.S. Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
-Surface preparation, ALD, FTIR analysis
-UHV instrumentation
Post-graduate aspirations: to create a career in industry related to energy and the environment
ChathuraChathura de Alwis
PhD. Chemistry (Spring 2021)
B.S. Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
-Surface preparation, iron oxide materials
-UHV instrumentation


Undergraduate Students
Isobel pic cropped 4Isobel Wentworth
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Spring 2019)
Minor: Mineral Processing
Department of Chemical Engineering
-Working on surface reactions
Post-graduate aspirations: to work in the mining industry
Previous Students
SarahPudasSarah Pudas
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Spring 2018)
Department of Chemical Engineering
-Worked on sample preparation, imaging
-Worked on instrument designs
Post-graduate aspirations: to work within a research and design laboratory
ShelbyShelby McGuire
B.S. Chemistry (Spring 2018)
Department of Chemistry
-Worked on FTIR analysis
Post-graduate aspirations: to continue research in graduate school
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Nathan Schlorke
B. S. Applied Physics, (Spring 2019)
Department of Physics
recipient of the Presidential Achievement Scholarship
-Worked on instrument designs
Post-graduate aspirations: to attend law school to become an intellectual property and patent attorney. While studying, Nathan hopes to pursue his interests in research and development, global business and law.


NBaldwinNathan Baldwin
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Spring 2018)
Department of Chemical Engineering
-Worked on instrument designs