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 middle/high school STEM programs.

Our interdisciplinary 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.


Student Awards & Recognition

Student Awards & Recognition

April 2021

Mikhail Trought successfully delivers her dissertation! Congratulations!

National Meetings

National Meetings

April 2021

Chathura, Mikhail, and Dr. Perrine give presentations at the Materials Research Society meeting.

We are looking for Student Researchers!

We are looking for Student Researchers!

Spring 2021: Now Accepting Applications

We are looking for creative, motivated, and hardworking students to join our efforts on iron interface chemistry utilizing our surface analysis instrument.

Get in Touch

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Kathryn A. Perrine

Find us at the office

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