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Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Westinghouse Distinguished Professor in Materials Science and Engineering


  • Ph.D. Physical Inorganic Chemistry
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


Professor Ursula Mazur joined the physical chemistry faculty at WSU in 1982, after her tenure as a postdoctoral associate in the department. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Michigan and holds an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University. Prior to her graduate work, she spent two years as a research associate at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research. She is the past chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at WSU. She is a member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Physical Chemistry and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Professor Mazur is nationally and internationally recognized for her pioneering and innovative work in tunneling spectroscopy and in STM based imaging and orbital mediated tunneling through molecular aggregate systems.

We use a combination of experimental and computational methods to study the molecular-scale chemical, electronic, and material properties of 2 and 3-D nanostructured aggregates fabricated from organic and metal-organic complexes. Our goal is to elucidate the phenomena and principles leading to molecular ordering and behavior at nanometer length-scales, and to correlate these principles with the photophysical properties (including optical absorption, energy transfer, and energy trapping) of the nanostructures. By understanding the fundamentals of the structure – function relationship we can tune the opto-electronic properties of these nanostructures for a particular application (e.g. light harvesting, molecular recognition, and catalysis). We apply the newest tools and techniques of nanometer-scale science, including scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), helium ion microscopy (HIM), micro X-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy, and modeling calculations to study the structure, dynamics, and energetics of molecular assemblies at microscopic length scales.


  • B. A. Friesen, A. Bhattari, U. Mazur and K. W. Hipps. Single Molecule Imaging of Oxygenation of Cobalt Octaethylporphyrin at the Solution/solid Interface: Thermodynamics from Microscopy. J. Am. Chem Soc. 2012, 134, 14897-14904. (cover art)
  • K. W. Hipps and U. Mazur. Ellectron Affinity States of Metal Supported Phthalocyanines Measured by Tunneling Spectroscopy. J. Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 2012, 16, 1-9.
  • Y. Qi, J. R. Eskelsen, U. Mazur, and K. W. Hipps. Fabrication of Graphene with CuO by Chemical Vapor Deposition. Langmuir 2012, 28, 3489-3493.
  • Y. Qui, U. Mazur, and K. W. Hipps. Charge Transfer Induced Chemical Reaction of Tetracyano-p-quinodimethane Adsorbed on Graphene. RSC Advanves 2012, 2, 10579-10584.
  • K. R. A. Nishida, B. Wiggins, K. W. Hipps, and U. Mazur. Structural and Electronic Properties of Columnar Supramolecular Assemblies Formed from Ionic Metal-Free Phthalocyanine on Au(111). J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 16305–16314.
  • K. R. A. Nishida, B. Wiggins,K. W. Hipps, and U. Mazur. Aggregation of Sulfonated Free-Base Phthalocyanine on Gold as a Function of Solution pH. J. Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 2011, 15, 1-8.
  • B. A. Friesen, B. Wiggins, J. L. McHale, K.W. Hipps, and U. Mazur. A Self-Assembled Two-Dimensional Zwitterionic Structure: H6TSPP Studies on Graphite. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2011,115, 3990-3999.