Kathryn A. Perrine

Kathryn A. Perrine


  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine
  • Visiting Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • PhD, University of Delaware
  • BS, University of South Carolina


The Perrine research group focuses on understanding reactions and processes at surfaces and interfaces, from pure metals, oxides, minerals to heterogeneous materials. We use a surface chemistry and surface science approach to connect molecular-level reactions at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interface. We also design meso- and nano-architectured materials using surface functionalization methods for next-generation heterogeneous catalysts and materials. Our aim is to understand the fundamental physical and chemical processes at interfaces to unravel surface mechanisms and transformations of materials, addressing challenges in catalysis and environmental science.

A variety of surface analysis instruments are utilized to understand surface chemistry, including vibrational spectroscopy, electron spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Our program is multidisciplinary encompassing the fields of chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering.

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Research Interests

  • Surface chemistry and interfacial science
  • Bridging reactions at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces under model (ultra-high vacuum) and real (near ambient pressure) conditions
  • Designing metal-oxide architectures and nanostructures on various substrates; Atomic Layer Deposition and tailored growth approaches
  • Growth, properties, and reactions on heterogeneous structures for energy and environmental applications