Research Interests

Recent Publications



    René M. Overney


Department of 
Chemical Engineering
University of Washington 
, WA 98195-3778

Phone (206) 543-4353
FAX:   (206) 543-3778


Education and Work Experience

Ph.D., University of Basel (Switzerland), 1993.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), Yokohama, Japan (1993-1994).
Postdoctoral Fellow, Exxon - Corporate Research, Annandale, NJ (1994-1996).

Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1996 - )


Research Interests and Applications

  • Molecular Mobility and Transition Properties in Organic Systems
  • Engineering with Nanoconstraints – Interfacial Engineering
  • Nanotribology, Adhesion and Rheology
  • Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials
  • Transport and Separation
  • Opto-Electronics (Photonics)
  • Development of Novel SPM Tools

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Teaching and Developments

  • UG Teaching in the ChemE Core Curriculum

      (Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena)

  • UG Teaching in Engineering and Arts and Sciences

(Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles)

  • Graduate Teaching

(Transpport Phenomena, Nanoscience)

  • Outreach Activity (nation-wide)

(NUE-UNIQUE (Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education –

Using Nanoscience Instrumentation for Quality Undergraduate Education)




Research and Teaching Activities: Current & Plans (password access only)



Selected Publications and Books   (see also )

E. Meyer, R. Overney, K. Dransfeld, and T. Gyalog, NanoScience: Friction and Rheology on the Nanometer Scale, World Scientific Publ., Singapore, (1998).

Interfacial Properties on the Submicron Scale, eds. J. Frommer, R.M. Overney, ACS Symposium Series 781, Oxford University Press (2001).

R.M. Overney, E. Meyer, J. Frommer, D. Brodbeck, R. Lüthi, L. Howald, H.-J. Güntherodt, M. Fujihira, H. Takano, Y. Gotoh. Friction Measurements on Phase-Separated Domains in Thin Organic Film with a Modified Atomic Force Microscope. Nature 359, 133-135 (1992).

R.M. Overney, C. Buenviaje, R. Luginbuehl, and F. Dinelli, Glass and Structural Transitions measured at Polymer Surfaces on the Nanoscale, J. Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 59, 205-225 2000.

S.Ge, Y. Pu. W. Zhang, M. Rafailovich, J. Sokolov, C. Buenviaje, R. Buckmaster, and R.M. Overney, Shear Modulation Force Microscopy Study of Near Surface Glass Transition Temperatures, Phys. Rev. Lett., 85, 2340-2343 (2000).

M. He, A. Szuchmacher Blum, G. Overney, R.M. Overney, Effect of Interfacial Liquid Structuring on the Coherence Length in Nanolubrication, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2002), 88 (15), 154302/1-4

S.E. Sills, R.M. Overney, Creeping Friction Dynamics and Molecular Dissipation Mechanisms in Glassy Polymers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(9), 095501 (1-4), (2003).

S.E. Sills, T. Gray, R.M. Overney, Molecular Dissipation Phenomena of Nanoscopic Friction in the Heterogeneous Relaxation Regime of a Glass Former, J. Chem. Phys., 123, 134902, (2005).

S. Sills, R.M. Overney, Probing Macromolecular Dynamics and Finite Size Effects in “Applied Scanning Probe Methods III”, eds. B. Bhushan, H. Fuchs, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 83-130 (2006).

J. H. Wei, M. He, R. M. Overney, Direct Measurement of Nanofluxes and Structural Relaxations of Perfluorinated Ionomer Membranes by Scanning Probe Microscopy, J. Membr. Sci. 279, 608-614 (2006).

S. Sills, K. Vorvolakos, M.K. Chaudhury, R.M. Overney, Molecular Origin of Elastomeric Friction in “Nanotribology in “Friction and Wear on the Atomic Scale”, E. Gnecco and E. Meyer (eds), Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 659-676 (2007).

T.-D. Kim, J.-W. Kang, J. Luo, S.-H. Jang, J.-W. Ka, N. Tucker, J. B. Benedict, L. R. Dalton, T. Gray, R. M. Overney, D. H. Park, W. N. Herman, A. K.-Y. Jen, Ultralarge and Thermally Stable Electro-Optic Activities from Supramolecular Self-Assembled Molecular Glasses, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 488-489 (2007).

J. Killgore, R.M. Overney, Interfacial mobility and Bonding Strength in Nanocomposite Thin Film Membranes, Langmuir, 24, 3446-3451 (2008).

T. Gray, T.-D. Kim, D. B. Knorr, J. Luo, A. K.-Y. Jen, R.M. Overney, Mesoscale Dynamics and Cooperativity of Networking Dendronized Nonlinear Optical Molecular Glasses, NanoLetters, 8, 754-759 (2008).

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