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Experimental Physical and Materials Chemistry David Y. Lee

Assistant Professor

Fulmer 104A
Pullman, WA 99163


Education and Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Notre Dame (2011 – 2014)

Cornell University (2011)


DYLee photo

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy on Surface Materials and Molecules

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy

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

C. Harthcock, A. Jahanbekam, Y. 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