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Kim M. Lewis

Associate Professor of Physics

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University of Michigan, Ph.D. (Applied Physics).
University of Michigan, M.S. (Electrical Engineering).
Dillard University, B.S. (Physics)

Career Highlights:

UNCF/Mellon Scholar, 1996-1998
David and Lucile Packard Scholar, 1998-2004
Social Science Research Council Predoctoral Research Grants, 2000-2004
Georgia Institute of Technology Focus Fellow, 2003
Patent : K. M. Lewis, and Ç. Kurdak, Charge Transformer and Method of Implementation, U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 (August 17, 2004).
Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005
U.S. – Japan Young Researchers Exchange Program, 2007
Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2009
Sensor Electronics Technology, Inc., Innovation Paper Award, 2009
Rensselaer RAMP-UP Career Campaign Award, 2010
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Fellowship

Research Interests:

Characterization of nanostructures and devices to study quantum transport; and molecular electronics to identify molecular conductance, switching mechanics and rectification behavior. Experimental techniques include: conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), molecular break junction (MBJ), electrochemistry STM, cyclic voltammetry (CV), inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS), low temperature measurements (4.2 K and 77 K), and four point probe techniques.

Selected Publications:

1. Xiaoyu Wang, Gwo-Ching Wang, and Kim M. Lewis, High Rectification Ratios of Fe-Porphyrin Molecules on Au Facets, accepted to Materials Chemistry and Physics 2012

2. Adam Simbeck, Guoguang Qian, Gwo-Ching Wang, Saroj Nayak, and Kim M. Lewis, Gold-sulfur Bond Breaking in Zn(II) tetraphenylporphrin Molecular Junctions, Surface Science 606 (2012)

3. Swatilekha Saha, Guoguang Qian, and Kim M. Lewis, Fabrication of Nanogaps by a Progressive Electromigration Technique using Wires of Various Thicknesses, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 29, 061802 (2011).

4. An Xiaohang, Trevor Simmons, Rakesh Shah, Christopher Wolfe, Kim M. Lewis, Morris Washington, Saroj K. Nayak, Saikat Talapatra, and Swastik Kar, Stable Aqueous Dispersions of Noncovalently Functionalized Graphene from Graphite and their Multifunctional High Performance Applications, Nano Letters 10 (2010); cover art Nov. 10, 2010; 2010 Most-Accessed Articles in ACS Nano and Nano Letters.      

5. Guoguang Qian, Swatilekha Saha, and K. M. Lewis, Two-State Conductance in Single Zn Porphyrin Molecular Junctions, Applied Physics Letters 96, 243107 (2010).  

6. Guoguang Qian, Swatilekha Saha, and K. M. Lewis, Note:  A Simple, Convenient, and Reliable Method to Prepare Gold Scanning Tunneling Microscope Tips, Review of Scientific Instruments, 81, 016110 (2010).

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