Erin Iski PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Keplinger Hall 2175 918-631-2389


Combining aspects from both her graduate work at Tufts and her postdoctoral work at Argonne, Erin Iski's research program at TU will be centered on the use of ambient, liquid Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) to study the self-assembly of amino acids on metal surfaces. This research field 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 STM utilizes both the incredible molecular resolution of STM and the ability to apply the findings to real-world applications, since the data is obtained at ambient pressures and temperatures.  Iski's aim is to develop strong interdisciplinary collaborations in a variety of fields such as nanoscience, engineering, and biochemistry, and to significantly engage with the TU Nanotechnology Institute. Students in her research group will be trained in highly valuable scientific techniques, be exposed to groundbreaking science, and obtain results publishable in notable scientific journals. Her long term goals are twofold: i) to examine and characterize the self-assembly of amino acids in ambient, aqueous environments; and ii) to extend that knowledge to larger assemblies of amino acids and/or protein structures.

Post-doctoral Scholar, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
Ph.D., Tufts University
B.S., The University of Tulsa

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

General Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Surface Chemistry

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iski, Erin et al. “Amino Acid Immobilization and Surface Diffusion of Copper.” (2017): n. pag. Print.

Baghernejad, L. et al. “Co-Electrospinning Cellulose Acetate (CAc) and Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) (PVA) Composite Nanofibrous Membranes from One Polymer Solution.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2017): n. pag. Print.

Book Chapters

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.

Conference Proceedings

Hall, Alyssa et al. “A 3-Cell Flow Loop Test Facility for the Simultaneous Evaluation of Erosion, Corrosion, and Erosion-Corrosion.” CORROSION 2015. 2015. Print.

Keller, Michael et al. “Corrosion Inhibition in Oil/Water Environments.” CORROSION 2015. 2015. Print.

Hall, A. et al. “Validation of New Test Facility for Erosion-Corrosion Inhibition Prediction.” NACE conference proceedings, 2017. Print.

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

CHEM 1013 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2101 Sophomore Seminar
CHEM 3031 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3033 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4021 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 4023 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4961 Senior Seminar II
CHEM 4962 Senior Project
CHEM 4981 Undergraduate Research
CHEM 7983 Research and Thesis
CHEM 9983 Research and Dissertation
TURC 1981 TURC Junior Scholar