Steven L. Tait is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University. Since 2008, his research group has studied the organic / metal interface in systems of interest for organic photovoltaics, molecular electronics, and novel catalyst systems. Molecular-resolution microscopy and complementary spectorscopic techniques are aimed at developing functional, self-assembled organic layers with highly-ordered nanometer-scale structure at surfaces in UHV and at the liquid-solid interface. Prof. Tait has developed a graduate course at IU, "Surface Chemistry and Surface Analysis," and also teaches undergraduate courses in physical chemistry and introductory chemistry.
From 2005-2008, he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow and group leader in the department of Prof. Dr. Klaus Kern at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, where he researched the self-assembly of metal-organic coordination networks at surfaces. In 2005, he earned a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Washington, with a degree certification in Nanoscience, with Prof. Charlie Campbell and the late Prof. Sam Fain. His Ph.D. research included studies of the desorption kinetics of small alkanes from metal, oxide, and graphitized surfaces and studies of the growth, sintering kinetics and reactivity of Pd nanoparticles on oxide surfaces, studied by non-contact atomic force microscopy and supersonic molecular beam techniques. The molecular beam work was conducted under the direction of Dr. Bruce Kay of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where Steve conducted extended research visits through a graduate research fellowship. He received a B. S. degree in Honors Physics from Brigham Young University in 2000.
Steven L. Tait
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Chemistry
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