Giacinto Scoles, FRS
Donner Professor of Science
Department of Chemistry
Princeton, NJ 08544
About the Scoles Group
In our laboratory, we study problems which concern mainly the areas
Chemical Dynamics and Materials Science. The general philosophy is to
new physical ideas and novel instrumentation to solve outstanding
in chemistry and materials science.
Particular emphasis is given to the behaviour of nanosystems and
i.e. clusters, organic thin films, single molecules etc. The techniques
in which we claim some expertise are:
- Atomic beam surface diffraction and reflectivity
- Synchrotron x-ray surface diffraction and reflectivity
- Scanning probe microscopy (both STM and AFM)
- The theory of intermolecular forces
In the following links we discuss the research in progress in each
the fields separately, trying in each case to answer the following four
- Why is the research being done?
- How we do it?
- What has been done recently?
- What plans do we have for the near future?
As always in research, the plans evolve rapidly also because of the
preferences and ideas of the incoming students and post-doctoral
Very often the research is conducted in collaboration with other PU
as indicated below.
- Studying unusual molecular clusters and
radicals by superfluid Helium Nanodroplet
(matrix) Isolation (HENDI) spectroscopy. (In collaboration
with K. K. Lehmann)
- Spectroscopy of neat and doped hydrogen
clusters: Can we make para-H2 superfluid? Can we improve
the rocket propelling properties of solid hydrogen? (In collaboration
with K. K. Lehmann)
- Structure and properties of organic thin
films: What are the forces that drive
the self-assembly of membrane-like monolayers (SAMs) on surfaces?
(In collaboration with A. Selloni and K. Vanderlick) What is the best way to grow crystalline thin films
of organic semiconductors? (In collaboration with A. Kahn, EE.
- State selective study of molecular
vibrations on the chemisorption probability on transition metal
surfaces: What is the best way to activate the C-H bond? (In
collaboration with S. L. Bernasek)
- Study of the dynamical behaviour of H
atoms on transition metal surfaces: What is the mechanism of
catalytic (de)hydrogenation of hydrocarbons at the metal vacuum
interface? (In collaboration with S. L. Bernasek)
- Molecular Manipulation and surface
modification with scanning probe microscopy: What are the
adsorption and electronic properties of proteins? (In collaboration
with M. Case and G. McLendon)
- Mechanical and electrical properties of
nanoscale surface contacts: (In collaboration with the IRG3 group
of Princeton's MRSEC: K. Vanderlick (Chem. Eng.), D. Srolovitz (Mech.
Eng.), Z. Suo (Mech. Eng.), W. Soboyeio (Mech. Eng.), R. Car
(Chemistry), A. Selloni (Chemistry), S. Forrest (El. Eng.)
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