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College of Arts and Sciences

Larry L. Kesmodel

Larry L. Kesmodel Professor Emeritus
Condensed Matter (Experimental)

B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1969.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1974.
Postdoctoral positions: University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Phone: Swain West 163 (812) 855-0776
Email: lkesmode at

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My research addresses current issues in surface science and the electron spectroscopy of surfaces. Recent activity has focused on structural and vibrational analysis of nanometer-scale molecular adsorbates on well-defined surfaces using high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) in conjunction with other analytical techniques such as low energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy.

Selected Publications

  • Chemically Homogeneous and Thermally Reversible Oxidation of Epitaxial Graphene, Md. Zakir Hossain et al., Larry L. Kesmodel, Steven L. Tait and Mark C. Hersam , Nature Chemistry 4, 305 (2012).
  • Adsorption and Bonding of First Layer and Bilayer Terephthalic Acid on the Cu (100) Surface by HREELS, Yan Ge, Hilmar Adler, Arjun Theertham, Larry L. Kesmodel and Steven L. Tait, Langmuir 26, 16325 (2010).
  • Recent Studies of Insulating Polymers with High-Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, L. L. Kesmodel, J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 121, 75 (2001).
  • Thermal Evolution of Acetylene Overlayers on Pd(111), I. Jungwirthova and L. L. Kesmodel, J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 674 (2001).
  • High-Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy of Polymer Surfaces, L. L. Kesmodel, S. Wild and G. Apai, Surface Science 429, L475 (1999).