Dr. Kenneth T. Park

Dr. Kenneth T. Park
Associate Professor of Physics
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Associate Professor of Physics


  • Ph.D. - Physics, University of Rochester - 1993
  • M.A. - Physics, University of Rochester - 1990
  • B.A. - Physics, Univ. of California, Berkeley - 1988


After obtaining Ph.D. degree in 1993, Dr. Park continued his work with Prof. Kamil Klier at Lehigh University, in the Department of Chemistry as a post-doctoral researcher. Using high resolution X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (Scienta ESCA 300), he investigated surface electronic and atomic structures and their relationship to chemical reactivity on model catalytic systems. In 1997, Dr. Park joined the Baylor faculty as an assistant professor in physics. In 2004, he was awarded tenure and promoted to an associate professor. In June of 2004, he left for Oak Ridge National Laboratory for sabbatical research. After he came back in January of 2005, he assumed the Director of Graduate Study until May of 2006. He has continued his collaboration with colleagues at ORNL and Louisiana State Univeristy.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Park's research interests have been centered on understanding of surface atomic and electronic structures and their effect toward adsorbates. In the past several years, he has investigated defect formation, their atomic structure, and local stoichiometry on single crystal TiO2 surfaces. Particularly using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, he studied the relationship between local stoichiometry and structure in nanometer-sized surface defects and their chemical property. Another active research interest involves molecular ordering and thin film structures at the interface between metallo-phthalocyanine (MPc, M = Cu, Ni, Co, and Fe) molecules and single crystal metal surfaces.

Research Interests

Experimental Solid State Physics
  • Surface defects & nanoparticles on TiO2
  • Alkali metal adsorbed on MoS2: Electron donor-acceptor complex
  • Metal-organic interface: Thin films of metallo-phthalocyanine (MPc, M = Cu, Ni, Co, and Fe)

Selected Publications

Evidence of Coulomb blockade behavior in a quasi-zero-dimensional quantum well on TiO2 surface
with V. Meunier, M. Pan, F. Moreau, and E. W. Plummer, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 14968 (2010).

Nanoclusters of of TiO2 Wetted with Gold
with V. Meunier, M. Pan, W. A. Shelton, N.-H. Yu, and E. W. Plummer, Surf. Sci. 603, 3131 (2009).

A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study on the Effect of Post-Deposition Annealing of Copper Phthalocyanine Thin Films
with K. Manandhar, T. Ellis, Z. Song, T. Cai, and J. Hrbek, Surf. Sci. 601, 3623, 2007.

Re-oxidation of TiO2(110) via Ti interstitials and Line Defects
with M. Pan, V. Meunier, and E.W. Plummer, Phys. Rev. B 75, 245415, 2007.

Surface Reconstructions of TiO2(110) Driven by Sub-Oxides
with M. Pan, V. Meunier, and E.W. Plummer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 226105, 2006.

The Influence of Substrate Temperature on Epitaxial Copper Phthalocyanines Studied by Photoemission Spectroscopy
with Trinity Ellis, Steve L. Hulbert, Marc Ulrich, and Jack E. Rowe, J. Appl. Phys. 95, 982, 2004.

Courses Taught

PHY 1408 - General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences
PHY 1409 - General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences II
PHY 1420 - General Physics I
PHY 4372 - Introduction to Solid State Physics
PHY 5180 - Graduate Physics Colloquium
PHY 5340 - Statistical Mechanics
PHY 5360 - Mathematical Physics I
PHY 5361 - Mathematical Physics II
PHY 5372 - Solid State Physics
PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research
PHY 5V99 - Thesis
PHY 6V99 - Dissertation

Current Graduate Students

Nan-Hsin "Nancy" Yu
Ke "Zack" Zhu

Former Ph.D Students(Degree Year, Last Known Affiliation)

Kedar Manandhar (Ph.D. 2007, U. of Wyoming, WY)
Aroshan Jayasinghe (M.S. 2006, Vanderbilt U., TN)
Trinity Ellis (Ph.D. 2005, Intel Inc. at Hillsboro, OR)
Jie (Jay) Kong (Ph.D. 2000, CASPER, Baylor U.)

Recent External Grants and Contracts

"Role of sub-stoichiometric defects in the formation of nanoparticles," Kenneth T. Park, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, user access to Scanning Tunneling Microscopy facility; December, 2006 till December, 2007

"Heteroepitaxial Thin Films of Organic Molecules Studied by Angle-Resolved Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy," Kenneth T. Park, Brookhaven National Laboratory - National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), Proposal # 4785, 28 days of beam time; May 1, 2002 till April 30, 2004

ACS-PRF Summer Research Fellowship, Kenneth T. Park; a Supplementary Grant to PRF# 36245-G5; June 1, 2002 till August 2, 2002

Experimental and Theoretical Study of Electron Donor-Acceptor Surface Complexes;, Kenneth T. Park, American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund, PRF# 36245-G5; September 1, 2001 till August 31, 2004


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