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Research

Professor Lee’s research program at WSU centers around in-situ ultra-high-vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) in the investigation of chemical changes that occur when material surfaces interact with light and with gas-phase reactants. Multiple techniques, including molecular beams, pulsed laser stimulation/photolysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, are employed associatively with STM in these projects from the perspective of fundamental experimental physical chemistry.

More specifically, we are interested in studying (1) how graphene responds upon the bombardment of reactive gas-phase species (2) how different metal surface structures facilitate photon-induced alkane surface polymerization and (3) in-situ surface photodissociation of simple organic molecules on various metal oxides.