The Ferguson group’s research addresses fundamental questions and practical problems in the areas of surface and materials chemistry. A current project focuses on the open-circuit decomposition of gold-oxide films on gold electrodes. Their studies in this area have not only discovered new aspects of chemical processes involved, but also allowed an examination of a standard electrochemical technique used for quantifying thin films in general. They have recently submitted a paper describing the use of quartz-crystal microgravimetry to provide insights into both aspects of the project. A second project focuses on a new method for chemically modifying the surface of silicon wafers that produces no by-products which could contaminate sensitive microelectronics built on these important substrates. They have submitted a paper recently on this project as well.
Professor Greg Ferguson
Friday, December 30, 2016