Laboratory for Surface Modification (LSM)

The mission of the Laboratory for Surface Modification is to provide a focus for research in basic and applied studies of high technology surfaces and interfaces.

LSM Searching for Senior Experimentalist

The Laboratory for Surface Modification has an opening for an experimental scientist with exceptional credentials for a faculty appointment at the full professor level.

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New Microscopes Make Rutgers World Leader

Rutgers is now the only university in the world that's home to both a scanning transmission electron microscope and a helium ion microscope. The microscopes help researchers develop nanotechnology used to fight cancer, generate power, and create more powerful electronics. Watch them at work.

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New State-of-the-Art XPS Facility at the LSM

The LSM is pleased to announce that it has expanded its suite of sophisticated surface analytical capabilities with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy facility capable of determining surface and near-surface elemental and chemical composition with micon-scale lateral resolution and atomic-layer depth resolution. The facility greatly expands our ability to probe surfaces, interfaces, thin films and nanostructures of interest in a wide range of fields including microelectronics, novel photonics, molecular magnetics, nano-catalysis and biomaterials.

This million-dollar facility for research, education, and training, is comprised of two new instruments manufactured by Thermo Scientific and is housed in the NanoPhysics Laboratory, home of the LSM, on the Busch Campus. Major funding for this acquisition came from a combination of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) grant, matching contributions from the central administration and the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN), and a substantial contribution from the LSM itself. One instrument, the K-Alpha, is highly-automated with extremely user-friendly data acquisition and analysis software that is intended for high-quality sample analysis that may be run by the user on a routine basis. The second instrument, the ESCALab 250 Xi, is an extremely powerful tool designed for incisive fundamental studies of surfaces and thin films. The ESCALab is also equipped with additional analytical techniques including ultraviolet photoemission (UPS), ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), as well as sample heating and cooling. This machine is directly attached to a separate ultrahigh vacuum sample preparation chamber that will enable the combination of in-situ surface modification and sample analysis.

The new facility will be the centerpiece of a cooperative relationship between the LSM and Thermo Scientific that will include scientific exchange and collaborations for research and education. The site will also be used for instrumentation demonstrations and instructional workshops.

For more information about these instruments can be found at the following link LSM XPS Facility. For training and access information, contact the LSM XPS Facility Coordinator, Ryan Thorpe (, the Director of the LSM, Prof. Torgny Gustafsson (, or the LSM Administrative Assistant, Gwen Chupka (

April 4, 2016

The 30th Annual Symposium of the Laboratory for Surface Modification and Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology was held Monday, April 4, 2016. A total of 15 posters were presented. In addition there were Highlight Presentations by Professor Jak Chakalian, the Professor Claud Lovelace Chair of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics: "Shining Light on the Flatland" and Professor Wei Dai, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research and Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience: "Visualizing Molecular Assemblies Inside Cells by CryoEM and CryoET".

Please help us congratulate two presentators who won the Theodore E. Madey Student Award for Best Oral Presentations, the first entitled "Photoemission Studies of Biased Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structures" was presented by Malathi Kalyanikar of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, based on work performed under the supervision of Prof. Eric Garfunkel and the other entitled "Metallic 1T Phase MoS2 Nanosheets as Electrochemical Actuator Materials" was presented by Muharrem Acerce of the Material Science and Engineering Department, based on work performed under the supervision of Prof. Manish Chhowalla. Please also congratulate Mai Ye of the Physics and Astronomy Department, who won the Leszek Wielunski Student Award for Best Student Poster Presentation entitled "Observation of Quasielastic Peaks in Raman Scattering Study of CeB6" describing work performed under the supervision of Prof. Girsh Blumberg. The student awards consist of a certificate and a prize of $300.

We look forward to a similarly outstanding collection of student presentations at next year's Symposium.

The final program can be viewed at the following link:

Program available here (pdf format)