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Laurence Marks

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Ph.D. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Research student, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, England

B.A. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Research Interests

Professor Laurence D. Marks, Ph.D. is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. His most highly cited work
is the discovery of a type of nanoparticle which has become known as the Marks Decahedron. He pioneered the use of HREM to study the structure of nanoparticles, the use of direct methods for surfaces with either electron or x-ray diffraction data, in-situ methods for tribology inside electron microscopes, fast methods of obtaining optical and structural measurements from single nanoparticles and most recently a new class of fixed-point algorithms for DFT calculations. His research interests include transmission electron microscopy, density functional theory methods, direct methods for inversion of diffraction data, surface science particularly of oxides, tribology and hip replacements as well as nanoparticle structure, growth and plasmonic properties. He is the author or co-author of approximately 350 refereed publications.

Significant Recognition

  • Warren Award of the American Crystallographic Association, 2015
  • Astore Lectureship, 2015
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1987
  • Burton Medal from the Electron Microscopy Society of America for achievements in electron microscopy by a young researcher, 1989
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2002

Selected Publications

    1.            Three-dimensional coordinates of individual atoms in materials revealed by electron tomography. Xu, R., C.C. Chen, L. Wu, M.C. Scott, W. Theis, C. Ophus, M. Bartels, Y. Yang, H. Ramezani-Dakhel, M.R. Sawaya, H. Heinz, L.D. Marks, P. Ercius, and J. Miao, Nat Mater, 2015. 14(11), 1099-1103.

    2.            Marshall, M.J., A. Becerra-Toledo, L. Marks, and M. Castell, Defects on Strontium Titanate, in Defects at Oxide Surfaces, J. Jupille and G. Thornton, Editors. 2015, Springer International Publishing. p. 327-349.

    3.            Transition from Order to Configurational Disorder for Surface Reconstructions on SrTiO3(111). Marks, L.D., A.N. Chiaramonti, S.U. Rahman, and M.R. Castell, Physical Review Letters, 2015. 114(22), 226101.

    4.            Adhesion and Atomic Structures of Gold on Ceria Nanostructures: The Role of Surface Structure and Oxidation State of Ceria Supports. Lin, Y., Z. Wu, J. Wen, K. Ding, X. Yang, K.R. Poeppelmeier, and L.D. Marks, Nano Lett, 2015. 15(8), 5375-5381.

    5.            Direct Observation of Layer-by-Layer Wear. Liao, Y. and L.D. Marks, Tribology Letters, 2015. 59(3).

    6.            Identification of active sites in CO oxidation and water-gas shift over supported Pt catalysts. Ding, K., A. Gulec, A.M. Johnson, N.M. Schweitzer, G.D. Stucky, L.D. Marks, and P.C. Stair, Science, 2015.

    7.            Surface determination through atomically resolved secondary-electron imaging. Ciston, J., H.G. Brown, A.J. D'Alfonso, P. Koirala, C. Ophus, Y. Lin, Y. Suzuki, H. Inada, Y. Zhu, L.J. Allen, and L.D. Marks, Nat Commun, 2015. 6, 7358.

    8.            Are Nanoparticle Corners Round? Alpay, D., L. Peng, and L.D. Marks, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 150828160322006.

    9.            Correlated structure-optical properties studies of plasmonic nanoparticles. Ringe, E., R.P. Van Duyne, and L.D. Marks, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2014. 522(1), 12006-12011.

    10.         Intergranular pitting corrosion of CoCrMo biomedical implant alloy. Panigrahi, P., Y. Liao, M.T. Mathew, A. Fischer, M.A. Wimmer, J.J. Jacobs, and L.D. Marks, J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater, 2014. 102(4), 850-859.