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Patricia Ann Thiel

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Main Office

320 Spedding
Ames, IA 50011-3020
Phone: 515-294-8985
Fax: 515-294-4709




Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1980
  • B.A. Chemistry, Macalester College, 1975

Interest Areas

  • Properties and control of metal surfaces and graphitic surfaces 

Brief Biography

Pat Thiel earned her B.A. in Chemistry at Macalester College in 1975, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry (with W. H. Weinberg) at the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After postdoctoral work at the University of Munich (with G. Ertl) as a von Humboldt Fellow, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, at Livermore, then moved to Iowa State University in 1983. Early in her career at this University, she was recognized with awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the A. P. Sloan Foundation, and by an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. In more recent years, she has been elected a Fellow of 4 major scientific societies: MRS, APS, AVS, and AAAS. She has been an Invitation Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, has received an Honorary Degree from the Institut National Polytechnic de Lorraine in France, and has received a DOE Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry. In 2010, she received both the David J. Adler Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society, the Arthur W. Adamson Award from the American Chemical Society. In 2014, she received the Medard W. Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society—its highest recognition. She has served on numerous boards and committees for major scientific organizations and has been a member of editorial advisory boards for 10 journals. She has authored or edited about 300 scientific publications. Her current research interests include formation and evolution of exotic nanostructures on surfaces. She is also well known for her research into surface properties and structures of complex metallic phases known as quasicrystals. She currently holds a joint appointment between the University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the University's Department of Chemistry, and the Ames Laboratory. She has served Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory in several administrative capacities, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chief Research Officer of the Ames Laboratory. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and has won awards for teaching excellence.

Selected Publications

Holly Walen, Da-Jiang Liu, Junepyo Oh, Hyunseob Lim, Yousoo Kim, and P. A. Thiel, “Identification of Au-S Complexes on Au(100),” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 4891-4901 (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07817B.

Holly Walen, Da-Jiang Liu, Junepyo Oh, Hyunseob Lim, Yousoo Kim, and P. A. Thiel, “Formation of Two-Dimensional Copper Selenide on Cu(111) at Very Low Selenium Coverage,” ChemPhysChem, 17, 2137-2145 (March 2016). DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201600207

Jeffrey S. Boschen, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, James W. Evans, P.A. Thiel, and Da-Jiang Liu, “Comparison of S-adsorption on (111) and (100) facets of Cu nanoclusters,” Journal of Chemical Physics, 120, 10268-10274 (April 2016). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b0829

   Holly Walen, Da-Jiang Liu, Junepyo Oh, Hyunseob Lim, J. W. Evans, Christine M. Aikens, Yousoo Kim, and P. A. Thiel, “Cu2S3 Complex on Cu(111) as a Candidate for Mass Transport Enhancement,” Physical Review B  91, 045426 (7 pages) (2015).  doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.045426

Holly Walen, Da-Jiang Liu, Junepyo Oh, Hyunseob Lim, J. W. Evans, Yousoo Kim, and P. A. Thiel, “Reconstruction of Steps on the Cu(111) Surface Induced by Sulfur,” Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 194711 (14 pages) (2015). doi: 10.1063/1.4921258

Holly Walen, Da-Jiang Liu, Junepyo Oh, Hyunseob Lim, J. W. Evans, Yousoo Kim, and P. A. Thiel, “Self-Organization of S Adatoms on Au(111): √3R30o Rows at Low Coverage,” Journal of Chemical Physics 143, 014704 (10 pages) (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4922929Yong,Han, Conrad Stoldt, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, "Ab Initio Thermodynamics and Kinetics for Coalescence of Two-Dimensional Nanoislands and Nanopits on Metal (100) Surfaces," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120, 21617-21630 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b07328

Emma J. Kwolek, Huaping Lei, Ann Li-Rosales, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Myron Hupalo, Michael C. Tringides, and P. A. Thiel, “Adsorption of Dy on Graphite(0001): Nucleation and Growth at 300 K,” Journal of Chemical Physics published on-line (June 2016). DOI: 10.1063/1.4953611 

Xiaojie Liu, Yong Han, James W. Evans, Albert K. Engstfeld, R. Juergen Behm, Michael C. Tringides, Myron Hupalo, Hai-Qing Lin, Li Huang, Kai-Ming Ho, David Appy, Patricia A. Thiel, and Cai-Zhuang Wang “Growth Morphology and Properties of Metals on Graphene,” Progress in Surface Science 90, 397-443 (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progsurf.2015.07.001

 

Xiaojie Liu, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Myron Hupalo, Hai-Qing Lin, Kai-Ming Ho, Patricia A. Thiel, and Michael C. Tringides “Metal intercalation induced selective adatom mass transport on graphene," Nano Research, 9, 1434-1441 (2016)  DOI: 10.1007/s12274-016-1039-4. 

  1. McDougall, H. Hattab, M.T. Hershberger, , M.Hupalo, M. Horn von Hoegen, P. A. Thiel and M.C.Tringides, “Dy  uniform film morphologies on  graphene studied with SPA-LEED and STM,” Carbon, 108, 283-290 (Nov 2016).  DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2016.06.083 

Zhijiang Ye, Ashlie Martini, Patricia Thiel, Heather H. Lovelady, Keith McLaughlin, and David A. Rabson “Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces,” Physical Review B 93, 235438 (2016).  DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.235438

 Emma J. Kwolek, Roland Widmer, Oliver Gröning, Okan Deniz, Holly Walen, Chad D. Yuen, Wenyu Huang, Deborah L. Schlagel, Mark Wallingford, Patricia A. Thiel, “The (111) Surface of NaAu2: Structure, Composition, and Stability,” Inorganic Chemistry, 54, 1159-1164 (2015).  DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic5025444

 

 Emma J. Kwolek, Roland Widmer, Oliver Gröning, Okan Deniz, Holly Walen, Chad D. Yuen, Wenyu Huang, Deborah L. Schlagel, Mark Wallingford, C. Richard Brundle, Patricia A. Thiel, “Interaction of Oxygen with the (111) Surface of NaAu2” Surface Science, 650 (2016) 167-176.  DOI:10.1016/j.susc.2015.12.015

 

P.A. Thiel, Guest Editor of “Quasicrystals,” Israel Journal of Chemistry 51, 1354 pages total (2011). This special volume was published in honor of D. Shechtman’s 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.