Surface Chemistry at Michigan Tech

Surface science provides the foundation for understanding chemical mechanisms and physical transformations on surfaces and interfaces in complex environments. We aim to uncover the fundamental properties governing reactions on catalytic surfaces for understanding environmental and energetic processes.


Our strategy includes designing metal oxide structures using bottom-up surface chemical approaches to measuring reactions at interfaces from the gas phase to the condensed phase.


Multiple surface analytical techniques are needed to fully understand interfacial chemical reactions, explore how we answer important questions.


Our group attends select conferences per year and is involved in STEM outreach for middle/high school students.

Our diverse team includes students from various disciplines including: chemistry, physics, materials science, and chemical engineering. Every student brings new creativity to our research projects in the field of surface chemistry and interface science.


PhD Applications are open. Come join our team!

PhD Applications are open. Come join our team!

Click the photo above for details!

We are looking for creative and motivated students to join our team to investigate iron interface chemistry utilizing our surface analysis instruments.

Spectroscopy and microscopy are used to measure the chemical and physical changes on a surface.

Student Awards and Recognition

Student Awards and Recognition

Chathura and Dr. Perrine were awarded the Bhakta Rath Research Award!

Welcome Subash, Richard, and Ryan to the group!

Danica wins the Sandretto and Stackhouse summer fellowship! Congratulations!

Research Presentations

Research Presentations

Subash and Dr. Perrine presented in the COLL and CATL sections at the spring American Chemical Society meeting.

Ryan and Subash present at the local ACS Upper Peninsula Local Section student symposium.

Our latest research was presented at the 68th American Vacuum Society meeting. Glad to present in person!

Get in Touch

Email us

Kathryn A. Perrine

Find us on Twitter

Find us at the office

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI