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Assistant Professor Suneel Kodambaka
tel. (310) 206-8174

fax (310) 206-7353

Website: In situ Microscopy Labs

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bulletAssistant Professor; B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; M.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2002); Post-doctoral Researcher at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Curriculum Vitae

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The focus of our group is to develop the science underlying the controlled synthesis of advanced materials for applications in the areas of energy storage, optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and hard coatings. Our group believes that the progress in nanoscience and technology can only be achieved through a detailed atomic-level understanding of the kinetic processes, mass transport mechanisms, chemical reaction paths, and material thermodynamics influencing nanoscale functionality. To this purpose, we use a wide variety of in-situ (as well as ex-situ) characterization tools such as variable temperature scanning probe microscopy (VT-SPM), photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM), low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to investigate the growth and stability of nanostructures, surface and bulk structure, and kinetics of nanoscale pattern formation.

Currently, our group is interested in:

   In-situ growth studies of semiconducting nanowires

  Kinetics of facetting on catalytic surfaces

  Thin film physics of organic semiconductors & hydrogen storage materials

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10 Relevant Publications:

  1. S. Kodambaka, J. Tersoff, M.C. Reuter, and F.M. Ross, "Ge nanowire growth below the eutectic temperature," in press.

  2. (Invited review) S. Kodambaka, S.V. Khare, I. Petrov, and J.E. Greene, "Two-dimensional island dynamics: Role of step energy anisotropy," Surf. Sci. Rep. 60, 55 (2006). |

  3. S. Kodambaka, J.B. Hannon, R.M. Tromp, and F.M. Ross, "Control of Si nanowire growth by oxygen," Nano Lett. 6, 1292 (2006).

  4. S. Kodambaka, J. Tersoff, M.C. Reuter, and F.M. Ross, "Diameter-independent kinetics in the vapor-liquid-solid growth of Si nanowires," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 096105 (2006).

  5. J.B. Hannon, S. Kodambaka, F.M. Ross, and R.M. Tromp, "The influence of the surface migration of gold on the growth of silicon nanowires," Nature 440, 69 (2006).

  6. S.-J. Tang, S. Kodambaka, W. Swiech, I. Petrov, C.P. Flynn, and T.-C. Chiang, "Sublimation of atomic layers from a Chromium surface," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 126106 (2006).

  7. S. Kodambaka, S.V. Khare, W. Święch, K. Ohmori, I. Petrov, and J.E. Greene, "Dislocation-driven surface dynamics on solids," Nature 429, 49 (2004).

  8. S. Kodambaka, V. Petrova, A. Vailionis, I. Petrov, and J.E. Greene, "In situ high-temperature STM studies of 2D TiN island coarsening kinetics on TiN(001)," Surf. Sci. 526, 85 (2003).

  9. S. Kodambaka, S.V. Khare, V. Petrova, A. Vailionis, I. Petrov, and J.E. Greene, "Absolute orientation-dependent TiN(001) step energies from 2D equilibrium island shape and coarsening measurements on epitaxial TiN(001) layers," Surf. Sci. 513, 468 (2002).

  10. S. Kodambaka, V. Petrova, S.V. Khare, D.D. Johnson, I. Petrov, and J.E. Greene, "Absolute TiN(111) step energies from analysis of anisotropic island shape fluctuations," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 146101 (2002).



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