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Michael Bedzyk

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

Co-Director, Northwestern Synchroton Research Center


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 1139
Evanston, IL 60208

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The Bedzyk Group


Northwestern Synchroton Research Center


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

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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

Significant Professional Service

  • Management Board for DuPont-Northwestern-Dow- Collaborative Access Team (DND-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source
  • Director of the X-ray Diffraction Facility at NU
  • Visiting research scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Professor of Physics and Astronomy (Joint Courtesy Appointment)

Selected Publications

A. Das, H. Park, Y.N. Chen, D. Choudhury, T.L. Lee, J.W. Elam, P. Zapol, M.J. Bedzyk, Atomic-Scale Structure of Chemically Distinct Surface Oxygens in Redox Reactions. J Am Chem Soc 143, 17937-17941 (2021).

 B. Harutyunyan, A. Dannenhoffer, S. Kewalramani, T. Aytun, D.J. Fairfield, S.I. Stupp, M.J. Bedzyk, "Molecular Packing of Amphiphilic Nanosheets Resolved by X-ray Scattering" J Phys Chem C 121,1047-1054 (2017).://WOS:000392554000008

 G.P. Campbell, A.J. Mannix, J.D. Emery, T.L. Lee, N.P. Guisinger, M.C. Hersam, M.J. Bedzyk, "Resolving the Chemically Discrete Structure of Synthetic Borophene Polymorphs" Nano letters 18,2816-2821 (2018).://WOS:000432093200011

 B.R. Chen, L.A. Crosby, C. George, R.M. Kennedy, N.M. Schweitzer, J.G. Wen, R.P. Van Duyne, P.C. Stair, K.R. Poeppelmeier, L.D. Marks, M.J. Bedzyk, "Morphology and CO Oxidation Activity of Pd Nanoparticles on SrTiO3 Nanopolyhedra" Acs Catal 8,4751-4760 (2018).://WOS:000434369600002

 G. Evmenenko, R.E. Warburton, H. Yildirim, J.P. Greeley, M.K.Y. Chan, D.B. Buchholz, P. Fenter, M.J. Bedzyk, T.T. Fister, "Understanding the Role of Overpotentials in Lithium Ion Conversion Reactions: Visualizing the Interface" Acs Nano 13,7825-7832 (2019).://WOS:000477786400045

 C.R. Gao, S. Kewalramani, D.M. Valencia, H.H. Li, J.M. McCourt, M.Olvera de la Cruz, M.J. Bedzyk, "Electrostatic shape control of a charged molecular membrane from ribbon to scroll" P Natl Acad Sci USA 116,22030-22036 (2019).://WOS:000493720200018

 K. Krishnamoorthy, S. Kewalramani, A. Ehlen, L.M. Moreau, C.A. Mirkin, M.Olvera de la Cruz, M.J. Bedzyk, "Enzymatic Degradation of DNA Probed by In Situ X-ray Scattering" Acs Nano 13,11382-11391 (2019).://WOS:000492801600048

K.V.L.V. Narayanachari, D.B. Buchholz, E.A. Goldfine, J.K. Wenderott, S.M. Haile, M.J. Bedzyk, Combinatorial Approach for Single-Crystalline TaON Growth: Epitaxial beta-TaON (100)/alpha-Al2O3 (012). ACS Appl Electron Ma 2, 3571-3576 (2020).