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Experimental Physical and Materials Chemistry David Y. Lee

Assistant Professor

Fulmer 118
Pullman, WA 99163


Education and Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Notre Dame (2011 – 2014)
with S. Alex Kandel

Cornell University (2011)
with Paul L. Houston

DYLee photo

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy on Surface Materials and Molecules



Prof. Lee’s research program at WSU centers around in-situ ultra-high-vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy (STM and STS) in the investigation of chemical changes that occur when material surfaces interact with light and with gas-phase reactants. Multiple techniques, including molecular/atomic beams, pulsed laser stimulation/photolysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, are employed associatively with STM in these projects from the perspectives of fundamental experimental physical chemistry. More specifically, we are interested in studying (1) how 2D materials such as graphene graphene respond upon the bombardment of reactive gas-phase species, (2) how different metal surface structures facilitate photon-induced surface polymerization reactions and (3) how to create and isolate metal hydrides on surface organic species.


Selected Publications

Y. C. Zhang, B. Chilukuri, T. B. Hanson, Z. M. Heiden and D. Y. Lee
Connecting Solution-Phase to Single-Molecule Properties of Ni(Salophen)
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2019, 10, 3525

Y. C. Zhang and D. Y. Lee
A ConFlat iris diaphragm device for direct beam control and alignment inside a vacuum chamber
AIP Advances, 2019, 9, 075318

Y. C. Zhang and D. Y. Lee
Intercalating Single-Atom Metal Centers into an Organic Monolayer with a Full-Sample Coverage
Langmuir, 2018, 44, 13387

C. Harthcock, A. Jahanbekam, Y. C. Zhang and D. Y. Lee
Spatially Resolved Modification of Graphene’s Band Structure by Surface Oxygen Atoms
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121, 20051

A. Jahanbekam, C. Harthcock, and D. Y. Lee
Radical Induced Intermolecular Linkage and Energy Level Modification of a Porphyrin Monolayer
Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 1104

C. Harthcock, A. Jahanbekam, J. R. Eskelsen and D. Y. Lee
Orientation Free and Differentially Pumped Addition of a Low-Flux Reactive Gas Beam to a Surface Analysis System
Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2016, 87, 113102

D. Y. Lee et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 18844

D. Y. Lee et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4, 4103

D. Y. Lee and S. A. Kandel, J. Chem. Phys., 2013, 139, 161103

D. Y. Lee et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2012, 83, 044101