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Michael Bedzyk

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Physics and Astronomy

Co-Director, Northwestern Synchroton Research Center

Chair of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Northwestern Synchroton Research Center


Materials Science and Engineering

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Ph.D. Physics, State University of New York, Albany, NY

M.S. Physics, State University of New York, Albany, NY

B.S. Physics and Mathematics, State University of New York, Brockport, NY

Research Interests

Bedzyk's research group develops novel X-ray probes for atomic-scale characterization of surfaces, interfaces, ultra-thin-films and nanostructures. In addition to using an in-house X-ray lab, they make extensive use of synchrotron X-ray facilities, where there is greatly enhanced chemical and structural sensitivity for studying systems as dilute as one-hundredth of an atomic monolayer.

Bedzyk employs various conventional X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques, and have developed a number of novel methods for generating X-ray standing waves with differing characteristic length scales. These periodic X-ray probes are used to pinpoint the lattice location of adsorbate atoms on crystalline surfaces, to measure strain within epitaxially grown semiconductor and ferroelectric thin films, to locate heavy atoms within ordered ultrathin organic films, and to study polyion adsorption at charged liquid/solid interfaces.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1998
  • Bertram Eugene Warren Diffraction Physics Award, American Crystallographic Association, 1994

Selected Publications

     J. D. Emery, B. Detlefs, H. J. Karmel, L. O. Nyakiti, D. K. Gaskill,  M. C. Hersam, J. Zegenhagen, M. J. Bedzyk, “Chemically-Resolved Interface Structure of Epitaxial Graphene on SiC(0001)”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 21550 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.215501

     S. Kewalramani, J. W. Zwanikken, R. J. Macfarlane, C. Y. Leung, M. Olvera de la Cruz, C. A. Mirkin and M. J. Bedzyk,  “Counterion Distribution Surrounding Spherical Nucleic Acid-Au Conjugates (SNA-AuNPs) Probed by Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)”, ACS Nano 7, 11301-11309 (2013). DOI. 10.1021/nn405109z.

    C.-Y. Leung, L. C. Palmer, S. Kewalramani, B. F. Qiao, S. I. Stupp, M. Olvera de la Cruz, and M. J. Bedzyk, “Crystalline polymorphism induced by charge regulation in ionic membranes”, Proc Natl Aca Sci  110, 16309-16314 (2013).

    Z. Feng, J. Lu, H. Feng, P. C. Stair, J. W. Elam, M. J. Bedzyk, “Catalysts Transform While Molecules React: An Atomic-Scale View”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 285-291 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/jz301859k

    A. L. Lipson, S. Chattopadhyay, H. J. Karmel, T. T. Fister, J. D. Emery, V. P. Dravid, M. M. Thackeray, P. A. Fenter, M. J. Bedzyk and M. C. Hersam, “Enhanced Lithiation of Doped 6H Silicon Carbide (0001) via High Temperature Vacuum Growth of Epitaxial Graphene”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 20949-20957 (2012). DOI: 10.1021/jp307220y

    Z. Feng, A. Kazimirov and M. J. Bedzyk, “Atomic Imaging of Oxide-Supported Metallic Nanocrystals”, ACS Nano 5, 9755-9760 (2011). DOI: 10.1021/nn203273e

    S.T. Christensen, J.W. Elam, F.A. Rabuffetti, Q. Ma, S.J. Weigand, B. Lee, S. Seifert, P.C. Stair, K.R. Poeppelmeier, M.C. Hersam, M.J. Bedzyk, “Controlled Growth of Platinum Nanoparticles on Strontium Titanate Nanocubes By Atomic Layer Deposition”, Small 5, 750-757 (2009). DOI: 10.1002/smll.200801920  

    H. Cheng, K. Zhang, J.A. Libera, M. Olvera De La Cruz and M.J. Bedzyk , “Polynucleotide Adsorption to Negatively Charged Surfaces in Divalent Salt Solutions”, Biophys. J. 90, 1164-1174 (2006).