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 for 2022

PhD Applications are open for 2022

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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 passed his PhD defense! Congratulations!
Danica wins the Sandretto and Stackhouse summer fellowship!
Welcome Subash, Richard, and Ryan to the group!

Research Presentations

Research Presentations

Dr. Perrine presented in the ENVR and GEOC sections at the fall American Chemical Society meeting on surface oxidation of iron interfaces.

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

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