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The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions
Claude Lévi-Strauss

Immediate Openings

A number of openings are available at all levels, undergraduate students to work with existing graduate students and then progress towards a Senior Project, graduate student PhD projects and opportunities for postdoctoral positions. Below is a short list; please email L-marks at for more information

Available projects

  • Oxide Catalysis. Work to produce more energy efficient, greener catalysts with one of the largest groups of scientists in the world working on this problem.

  • Oxide Surfaces. Explore the fundamentals of why certain types of oxide surfaces form, others do not, so we can start to design them for applications ranging from microelectronics through catalysis.

  • Tribology: A range of problems ranging from in-situ experiments at the nanoscale inside electron microscopes to understanding Metal-on-Metal Replacement Hip Joints. Work to better understand how these work, why they fail and how to make them better joint with scientists from Rush Medical School and Germany.

  • Nanoparticles and Nanoplasmonics. Understand what nanoparticles can be used to detect single molecules, why this works as well as how to make them better.

  • Corrosion. Corrosion is the deterioration of a material, usually a metal, and/or its properties due to chemical reactions with the environment. It affects the longevity in applications ranging from gas transmission pipelines to DoD/ONR warfighters and warships. The total cost of corrosion in the United States was $276 Billion in 1998, about 3.15% of GDP. A number of openings are available

Openings Fall 2015

In addition to the above, there will probably be more openings for graduate students starting in the fall of 2015. Please look at the projects described above (and elsewhere on the webpages) and/or contact L-marks [at] for more specific details.