Steven Tait

Research: Desorption Kinetics of Small n-Alkanes from MgO(100), Pt(111), and C(0001)/Pt(111) and Studies of Pd Nanoparticles: Growth and Sintering on Al2O3(0001) and Methane Dissociation on MgO(100)


Work While at UW:

  • Sintering Kinetics of Palladium Nanoparticles on Alumina (co-advised by Prof. Sam Fain, Physics)
  • Alkane Adsorption on MgO(100) and on Pd Nanoparticles on MgO for Nanocatalysis (co-advised by Zdenek Dohnalek and Bruce Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)



  1. Growth and Sintering of Pd Clusters on -Al2O3(0001), by L. T. Ngo, S. L. Tait, Q. Yu, S. C. Fain, Jr., and C. T. Campbell, J. Chem. Phys. 122, art. 064712, 2005.
  2. n-Alkanes on MgO(100): I. Coverage-dependent Desorption Kinetics of n-Butane, S. L. Tait, Z. Dohnálek, C. T. Campbell, B. D. Kay, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 164707, 2005 (9 pages).
  3. n-Alkanes on MgO(100): II. Chain Length-dependence of Kinetic Desorption Parameters for Small n-Alkanes, S. L. Tait, Z. Dohnálek, C. T. Campbell, B. D. Kay, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 164708, 2005 (13 pages).
  4. Methane adsorption and dissociation and oxygen adsorption and reaction with CO on Pd nanoparticles on MgO(100) and on Pd(111), S. L. Tait, Z. Dohnálek, C. T. Campbell, B. D. Kay, Surface Sci. 591, 90-107, 2005.
  5. Simulated measurement of small metal clusters by frequency modulation non-contact atomic force microscopy (ncAFM), S C Fain, Jr., C A Polwarth, S. L. Tait, C T Campbell, and R H French, Nanotechnology 17, S121-127 (2006).
  6. n-Alkanes on Pt(111) and on C(0001) / Pt(111): Chain Length-dependence of Kinetic Desorption Parameters, S. L. Tait, Z. Dohnálek, C. T. Campbell, B. D. Kay, J. Chem. Phys. 125, Art. No. 234308, 15 pages (2006).


  • 2014 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
  • 2013 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award
  • 2005-2007 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2006 Henderson Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation ($2500), Department of Physics, University of Washington
  • 2004 Summer Research Institute Sponsorship, Chemical Physics Institute, PNNL
  • 2004 Joint Institute for Nanoscience Intensive Course: Fabrication and Characterization of Nanomaterials, PNNL, Richland, Washington
  • 2003 Sebastian Karrer Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Physics, University of Washington
  • 2003 First Prize, Graduate Student Poster Presentation Competition, Symposium of the Pacific Northwest Section of the AVS, Troutdale, Oregon
  • 2002-2004 Graduate Research Fellowship, UW and PNNL Joint Institute for Nanotechnology (Awarded in 2002, Renewed in 2003 and 2004)
  • 2000 Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis (highest ranking), Brigham Young University Honors Department, Provo, Utah
  • 2000 BYU Office of Research and Creative Activities, Research Award 1995-2000 Brigham Young University Trustees Scholarship (full tuition)
Steven Tait

Contact Info:

Position: Asst Prof. Indiana University, PhD Awarded June 2005, Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


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