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About Katherine S. Ziemer

Dr. Ziemer's research involves engineering surfaces in order to integrate wide bandgap semiconductors with functional and multi-functional oxides, organic molecules, and/or biomaterials. Dr. Ziemer's group, in the Interface Engineering Laboratory, takes advantage of the ultra-high vacuum environment to study, at the atomic level, the growth and processing of thin films and nanostructures. This "surface engineering" is based on the hypothesis that understanding the atomic-level interactions at a surface will lead to developing processes to create new materials and to effectively interface different materials for new functionalities. The tools used for growth and formation mechanism studies are solid source effusion cells, plasma sources, ion sources, atom sources, and the in-situ analysis tools of reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).


Present Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University


Research Interests

Surface engineering, Thin films, and Nanostructures

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Honors and Awards

  • Vice President’s Award for Outstanding Advisor Involvement, 2010
  • Marin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, 2006
  • New England Region Outstanding Teacher, American Society for Engineering Education, 2005
  • Joseph J. Martin Award for the most outstanding Chemical Engineering Division paper presented at the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference

Contact Information

451 Snell Engineering Center
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.373.2990 (Office)
617.373.8553 (Lab)
Fax: 617-373-2209

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