The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the
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.edu for more information
- Oxide Catalysis. Work to produce more energy
efficient, greener catalysts with one of the largest groups of scientists in the world working on this
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
- 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 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] northwestern.edu for more specific details.