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Igor Lyubinetsky, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Interface Spectroscopy/Diffraction

P.O. Box 999, K8-93
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6267 Fax: (509) 371-6242 Updated: July 14, 2006

Research Interests

Dr. Igor Lyubinetsky specializes in the area of application of the ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/S) and non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC AFM) for studying surface chemistry of metal oxide materials at the atomic level. He developed the PNNL/EMSL state-of-the-art instrumental capability of the UHV STM/NC AFM. His research interests include investigation the physical and chemical processes governing the thermal- and photo-induced reactivity of adsorbed molecules using, in addition to the scanning probe techniques, other surface analysis methods such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction. Dr. Lyubinetsky is also active in the area of the self-assembled formation of crystalline oxide quantum dots by the oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy.

Dr. Lyubinetsky has published research results on the dynamics of step fluctuations on chemically heterogeneous reconstructed surfaces; interaction of simple molecules with semiconductor surfaces; STM-assisted nanostructure formation using precursor molecules; adsorbate manipulation employing laser-assisted STM; interface formation during physical vapor deposition of ultra-thin layers. He designed and built both an air STM (first in the USSR, 1986) and an UHV STM (first in Ukraine, 1992).

Past Experience

Before coming to the United States in 1996, Dr. Lyubinetsky was a postdoctoral researcher at Leningrad State University, USSR (1987-89) and a senior member of the technical staff at Kiev T. Shevchenko University, Ukraine (1989-96). Prior to joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he was a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh (1996-99) and a research assistant scientist at the University of Maryland (1999-2001). He joined PNNL as a Senior Research Scientist in 2002 and became a Scientist IV in 2005.


Dr. Lyubinetsky received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Leningrad State University in 1986, where he studied the formation of the silicon-noble metal (Cu, Ag, Au) interfaces with Auger electron spectroscopy and ion depth profiling. He also received his M.S. in Physics from Leningrad State University in 1983.

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

Dr. Lyubinetsky is a member of the American Vacuum Society, American Physical Society, Material Research Society, and Ukrainian Physical Society. He is a technical expert on the scanning probe microscopy subcommittee of the International Standards Organization.

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