"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's the 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] northwestern [dot] edu for more information.

Available Projects

  • Flexoelectricity. Flexoelectricity is the electromechanical coupling between polarization and strain gradient. Use experimental and theoretical techniques to understand the physical origin of this material property.

  • 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 investigated using in-situ experiments at the nanoscale inside electron microscopes. Study lubricants and weak interfaces important to tribology.

  • Nanoparticles. Create thermodynamic and kinetic models on nanoparticle growth to better understand how to control nanoparticle size and morphology. Characterize oxide surfaces of nanoparticles and connect the gap between bulk and nanostructures.

  • 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 2020

In addition to the above, there will probably be more openings for graduate students starting in the fall of 2020. Please look at the projects described above (and elsewhere on the webpages) and/or contact L-marks [at] northwestern.edu for more specific details.