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

    2              Panigrahi, P. et al., Intergranular pitting corrosion of CoCrMo biomedical implant alloy. Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials 102 (4), 850-859 (2014).

    3              Marks, L. & Voyles, P., When is Z-Contrast D-Contrast? Microscopy Today 22 (01), 65-65 (2014).

    4              Lin, Y., Wu, Z., Wen, J., Poeppelmeier, K.R., & Marks, L.D., Imaging the Atomic Surface Structures of CeO2 Nanoparticles. Nano Letters 14 (1), 191-196 (2014).

    5              Ringe, E., Van Duyne, R.P., & Marks, L.D., Kinetic and Thermodynamic Modified Wulff Constructions for Twinned Nanoparticles. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (31), 15859-15870 (2013).

    6              Marks, L.D., Fixed-Point Optimization of Atoms and Density in DFT. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 9 (6), 2786–2800 (2013).

    7              Liao, Y. & Marks, L.D., Reduction of Electron Channeling in EDS using Precession. Ultramicroscopy 126, 19-22 (2013).

    8              Liao, Y. et al., CoCrMo metal-on-metal hip replacements. Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics 15 (3), 746-756 (2013).