Michael S. Pierce Ph.D.|
PhD Physics, University of Washington
MS Physics, University of Washington
BS Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Assistant Professor of Physics at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Research interests: Experimental physics, condensed matter physics,
surface science, magnetism, x-ray science, and phase transitions.
Prof. Pierce received a B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, and his MS (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of
Washington in Seattle. His dissertation, under Prof. Larry B.
Sorensen, explored the influence of disorder in magnetic thin-films,
and subsequently won the Henderson Prize from the University of
Washington Department of Physics for outstanding Ph.D. thesis.
to Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to study with
Dr. Hoydoo You in the Materials Science Division. After completion of
his post-doc study, he was hired at Argonne as an Assistant Physicist
for 2 years before joining the physics faculty at Rochester Institute
of Technology in 2011.
His principle work has involved the study of
metal crystal and oxide surfaces, which act as model catalysts. This
work has involved both in-situ electrochemical and gas phase
experiments in addition to vacuum studies. Most recently, this work has
resulted in the bringing together of two separate x-ray scattering
techniques, coherent scattering and surface diffraction, to create a
new tool for the study of surfaces. This tool, coherent surface
diffraction, is capable of providing direct access to the surface
microstate. First demonstrated on Au crystal surfaces in vacuum, this
work has recently been applied to additional surfaces and
He has been an invited speaker at
international conferences, such as the Gordon Research Conference on
(2009) and the International Conference on Surface X-ray and Neutron
Scattering (2010). His work has also been featured on the cover of
Physical Review Letters : PRL 103, 165501 (2009)
Update: June 2012