Erin Iski - Faculty & Adjuncts

Erin Iski, PhD

Erin Iski, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
918-631-2389 Website Keplinger Hall Room 2175


PhD – Tufts University Post-doctoral Scholar – Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory BS – The University of Tulsa


Combining aspects from both her graduate work at Tufts and her postdoctoral work at Argonne, Erin Iski's research program at TU is centered on the use of ambient, liquid, and electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (EC-STM) to study atomically-thin, thermally stable Ag films on Au(111) and the self-assembly of amino acids on metal surfaces. The first project is focused on understanding thin film formation and stability. This second project pertains to the origin of homochirality in biology, the preference for specific secondary structures of proteins, and the characterization of non-covalent supramolecular interactions. The use of ambient and EC-STM utilizes both the incredible molecular and atomic resolution of STM and the ability to apply the findings to real-world applications, since the data is obtained at ambient pressures and temperatures.  The Iski lab has developed strong interdisciplinary collaborations in a variety of fields such as nanoscience, engineering, and biochemistry, and the TU Nanotechnology Institute. Students in her research group are trained in highly valuable scientific techniques, exposed to groundbreaking science, and obtain results publishable in notable scientific journals. Other notable collaborations include work with the Jet Propulsion Lab and examining a novel method for analyzing nano-scale surface redox chemistry of prebiotic mineral catalysts and the Erosion/Corrosion Research Center at TU, which is interested in understanding the fundamental principles behind the corrosion of steel.

Research Interests

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Molecular Self-assembly at Ambient Conditions
Ultra-stable Metal Layers as Studied with Electrochemical STM
Fundamental 2D Studies of Corrosion on Steel

Teaching Interests

General Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Surface Chemistry


Journal Articles

  • Iski , E., J. Phillips, L. Harville, H. Morgan, L. Jackson, and G. LeBlanc. Electrochemical Control of the Thermal Stability of Atomically Thin Ag Films on Au(111). Vol. 677, Surface Science, 2018, pp. 316-23.
  • Graphene at the Atomic-Scale: Synthesis, Characterization, and Modification. E. V. Iski, E. N. Yitamben, L. Gao, and N. P. Guisinger. Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, (2013), 2554-2564. [Invited contribution]

  • Solid Source Growth and Atomic-Scale Characterization of Graphene on Ag(111). E. V. Iski, B. Kiraly, A. J. Mannix, B. L. Fisher, M. C. Hersam, and N. P. Guisinger. Nature Commun., 4, (2013), 1-7.

  • Tracking Amino Acids in Chiral Quantum Corrals. E. N. Yitamben, L. Niebergall, R. B. Rankin, E. V. Iski, R. A. Rosenberg, J. P. Greeley, V. S. Stepanyuk, and N. P. Guisinger. J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, (2013), 11757-11763.

  • Atomic-scale Investigation of Highly Stable Pt clusters Synthesized on a Graphene Support for Catalytic Applications. E. Cho, E. N. Yitamben, E. V. Iski, N. P. Guisinger, and T. F. Kuech. J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, (2012), 26066−26071.

  • Controllable Restructuring of a Metal Substrate: Tuning the Surface Morphology of Gold. E. V. Iski, A. D. Jewell, H. L. Tierney, G. Kyriakou, and E. C. H. Sykes. Surf. Sci., 606, (2012), 536-541.

  • Viewing and Inducing Symmetry Breaking at the Single-Molecule Limit. H. L. Tierney, A. D. Jewell, A. E. Baber, E. V. Iski, and E. C. H. Sykes. Chirality, 24, (2012), 1051-1054.

  • Carbamazepine on a Carbamazepine Monolayer Forms Unique 1D Supramolecular Structures. E. V. Iski, B. F. Johnston, A. J. Florence, E. C. H. Sykes, and A. J. Urquhart. Chem. Commun., 47, (2011) 9627-9629.

  • Experimental Demonstration of a Single-Molecule Electric Motor. H. L. Tierney, C. J. Murphy, A. D. Jewell, A. E. Baber, E. V. Iski, H. Y. Khodaverdian*, A. F. McGuire*, N. Klebanov*, and E. C. H. Sykes. Nat. Nanotechnol., 6, (2011), 625-629. [Cover Story]

  • Organic Thin Film Induced Substrate Restructuring; An STM Study of the Interaction of Naphtho[2,3-a]pyrene with Au(111). E. V. Iski, A. D. Jewell, H. L. Tierney, G. Kyriakou, and E. C. H. Sykes. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, 29, (2011), 040601.

  • Spontaneous Transmission of Chirality through Multiple Length Scales. E. V. Iski, H. L. Tierney, A. D. Jewell, and E. C. H. Sykes. Chem. – Eur. J., 17, (2011), 7205-7212. [Cover Story]

  • The Extraordinary Stability Imparted to Silver Monolayers by Chloride. E. V. Iski, M. El-Kouedi, D. O. Bellisario*, C. Calderon, F. Wang, T. Ye, and E. C. H. Sykes. Electrochim. Acta, 56, (2011), 1652-1661.

  • Chirality and Rotation of Asymmetric Surface-Bound Thioethers. H. L. Tierney, J. W. Han, A. D. Jewell, E. V. Iski, A. E. Baber, D. S. Sholl, and E. C. H. Sykes. J. Phys. Chem. C., 115, (2010), 897-901.

  • Dynamics of Molecular Adsorption at Non-Equilibrium Sites. H. L. Tierney, A. D. Jewell, A. E. Baber, E. V. Iski, and E. C. H. Sykes. Langmuir, 26, (2010), 15350.

  • Surface-Mediated 2D Growth of the Pharmaceutical Carbamazepine. E. V. Iski, B. T. Johnson, A. J. Florence, E. C. H. Sykes, and A. J. Urquhart. ACS Nano., 4, (2010), 5061.

  • Time-Resolved Studies of Individual Molecular Rotors. A. D. Jewell, H. L. Tierney, A. E. Baber, E. V. Iski, M. M. Laha*, and E. C. H. Sykes. J. Phys. Cond. Matter., 22, (2010), 264006.

  • Mode Selective Electrical Excitation of a Molecular Rotor. H. L. Tierney, A. E. Baber, A. D. Jewell, E. V. Iski, M. B. Boucher, and E. C. H. Sykes. Chem-Eur J. 15, (2009), 9678-9681. [Cover Story]

  • Nanoscience Education through the Incorporation of Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy into the Undergraduate Curriculum. E. V. Iski, M. El-Kouedi, A. E. Baber, S. C. Jensen*, and E. C. H. Sykes. Education in Chemistry, 45, (2008) 54-58. [Cover Story]

  • Extraordinary Atomic Mobility of Au{111} at 80 Kelvin: Effect of Styrene Adsorption. A. E. Baber, S. C. Jensen*, E. V. Iski, and E. C. H. Sykes. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128, (2006), 15384 – 15385.

  • Co-Electrospinning Cellulose Acetate (CAc) and Poly (vinyl Alcohol) (PVA) Composite Nanofibrous Membranes from One Polymer Solution. J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  • Iski , E., A. Mannix, B. Kiraly, M. Hersam, and N. Guisinger. Amino Acid Immobilization and Surface Diffusion of Copper.

Conference Proceedings

  • “Comparison of Erosion Resistance of Iron Carbonate Protective Layer With Calcium Carbonate Particles Versus Sand”. SPE Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, 2017.
  • “Erosion-Corrosion of Low Carbon Steel Inhibition in Oil-Brine-Sand Flow”. NACE International Corrosion Conference Proceedings, 2016, p. 1.
  • “A 3-Cell Flow Loop Test Facility for the Simultaneous Evaluation of Erosion, Corrosion, and Erosion-Corrosion”. CORROSION 2015, 2015.
  • “Corrosion Inhibition in Oil/Water Environments”. CORROSION 2015, 2015.
  • Validation of New Test Facility for Erosion-Corrosion Inhibition Prediction. NACE conference proceedings.

Book Chapters

  • “Mechanistic Modeling of Erosion–Corrosion for Carbon Steel”. Trends in Oil and Gas Corrosion Research and Technologies, 2017, p. 749-63.
  • Single Molecule Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. E. V. Iski, M. El-Kouedi, and E. C. H. Sykes. Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2nd Edition. (2011) [Invited Chapter]

  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Single Molecule Conductance: Novel Undergraduate Laboratory Experiments. E. V. Iski, M. El-Kouedi, and E. C. H. Sykes. ACS Symposium Series: Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education 1010, (2009), Chapter 9, 122-123.

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Master's Report
  • Senior Seminar II
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Senior Project
  • Independent Study
  • Research and Thesis
  • Senior Thesis

Professional Affiliations

  • TU Center of Research Excellence
  • TU Institute of Technology
  • American Vacuum Society
  • Erosion/Corrosion Research Center at TU
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society

Awards & Honors

  • Founding Member
  • Finalist
  • Elected
  • Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education Award
  • Vertex Excellent Oral Presentation Award
  • Delegate to Germany
  • Poster Prize
  • Best Poster Award
  • 2016 Women of Distinction
  • Linda J. Lacey Award for Mentoring Excellence
  • Most Valuable Professor
  • ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Rising Star Award Program