Greg Ferguson

Greg Ferguson
Seeley G. Mudd, Room 693
(610) 758-3462
Research Interests:

Surface and nanomaterials chemistry of metals, semiconductors and polymers

Specific Research Projects

Teaching Interests:

Teaching can clearly accomplish some concrete goals, measured in test scores and course evaluations that appeal to those inclined to quantify and tabulate values. But there are also values of another sort, less quantifiable but no less important, such as the importance to science of its students retaining and nurturing their natural curiosity.

Selected Recent Publications:

“Tetrafluoroborate and Hexafluorophosphate Ions are not Interchangeable: A Density Functional Theory Comparison of Hydrogen Bonding,” R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, ChemistrySelect  2017, 2, 10895-10901.

“Confirmation of Cathodic Silence in an Anodic Oxide on Gold,” R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, J. Electrochem. Soc.  2017, 164, H635-H638.

"Byproduct-Free Route to Aminosiloxane Monolayers on Silicon/Silicon Dioxide," K. Khadka and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2017, 33(7), 1639-1645. 

"Development of Cathodic Silence in an Oxide Film on a Gold Electrode”, R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 180, 560–563.

“Electrokinetics of Polar Liquids in Contact with Nonpolar Surfaces”, C.-H. Lin, G. S. Ferguson, and M.K. Chaudhury, Langmuir, 2013, doi: 10.1021/la4008813.

“Spatially Selective Formation of Hydrocarbon, Fluorocarbon, and Hydroxyl-Terminated Monolayers on a Microelectrode Array”, Kevin M. Cook, Daniel A. Nissley, and Gregory S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2013, 29, 6779–6783.

“Relative Lability of Gold-Oxide Thin Films in Contact with Air, Solvents, or Electrolyte Solutions,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson, J. Vac. Sci. & Technol. A 2013, 31, 021508; doi: 10.1116/1.4791687.

“Gold Oxide as a Protecting Group for Regioselective Surface Chemistry,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 12550-12552.

“Determination of the Wavelength-Dependent Refractive Index of a Gold-Oxide Thin Film,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson,  J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 22976–22980.

“The Mechanism of Spontaneous Formation of Monolayers on Gold from Alkyl Thiosulfates,” R.J. Fealy, S.R. Ackerman, and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 5371–5376.

“A Direct Route to Well-Defined, Chemically Diverse Electrode Arrays,” J.P. Labukas and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 3219-3223.

“Electrochemically Directed Two-Component Monolayers on Gold,” J.P. Labukas and G.S. Ferguson, J. Mater. Res., 2011, 26, 262-267.

“Compatibility of ω-Functionality in the Electrochemically Directed Self-Assembly of Monolayers on Gold from Alkyl Thiosulfates,” J.P.Labukas, T.J.H. Drake, and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir,  2010, 26, 9497-9505.

“An Alternative Method for Fabricating Microcontact Printing Stamps,” G. Jing, J.P. Labukas, W.-Y. Zhang, S.F. Perry, S.-F. Lu, G.S. Ferguson, and S. Tatic-Lucic Microelectronic Engineering, 2009, 86,  2334–2341.

“Does Water Swell the Ordered Domains in Polyelectrolyte/Clay Multilayers?” J.H. Rouse and G.S. Ferguson, Clays and Clay Minerals, 2007, 55, 160-164.

“Novel Room-Temperature First-Level Packaging Process for Microscale Devices,” W.-Y. Zhang, J.P. Labukas , S. Tatic-Lucic, L. Larson, T. Bannuru, R.P. Vinci, and G.S. Ferguson, Sensors and Actuators A (Physical), 2005, 123-124, 646-465.

"A Method for Imaging Single Clay Platelets by Scanning Electron Microscopy," J. H. Rouse, S. T. White, and G.S. Ferguson, SCANNING, 2004, 26, 131-134.

"Temperature-Actuated Changes in Wettability at Elastomer/Water Interfaces," S. Khongtong and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2004, 20,  9992-10000.