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Michael Pierce

Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science

585-475-2089
Office Location
Office Mailing Address
College of Science, Gosnell, 8-3218, office phone

Michael Pierce

Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Education

BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MS, Ph.D., University of Washington

585-475-2089

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PHYS-316
3 Credits
In this course, students perform advanced experiments representative of the foundation of modern quantum physics. Experiments typically explore properties of materials, semiconductors, atomic physics, and nuclear decay. This class continues the instruction in instrumentation techniques as well as data reduction and analysis that began in Experiments in Modern Physics, PHYS-315. Students are expected to keep a laboratory notebook and present results in a journal-style paper.
MTSE-632
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the physics of the solid state including crystal structure, x-ray diffraction by crystals, crystal binding, elastic waves and lattice vibrations, thermal properties, the free electron model of solids, and band theory and its applications.
PHYS-275
1 Credits
This seminar will assist students in their preparation for the Physics Comprehensive Oral Exam (CORE) required at the end of the course by presenting a unified as opposed to topical approach to physics. Physics majors must pass this course before going on to 300-level Physics courses.
PHYS-532
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the physics of the solid state including crystal structure, x-ray diffraction by crystals, crystal binding, elastic waves and lattice vibrations, thermal properties, the free electron model of solids, and band theory and its applications.
MTSE-792
1 - 4 Credits
Research conducted off-site by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the student, the RIT advisor, and the off-site research mentor.
MTSE-699
0 Credits
This course is a cooperative education experience for materials science and engineering masters-level students.
PHYS-602
1 Credits
This course is the second in a two-semester sequence intended to familiarize students with research activities, practices, ethics in university, government, industry, and other professional research environments and to introduce students to research tools and skill sets important in various professional environments. The course is intended to help students develop a broad awareness of current professional and funding opportunities. As part of the course, students are expected to attend research seminars sponsored by the School of Physics and Astronomy, to participate in regular journal club offerings, to engage in outreach activities, and to participate in visits to regional laboratories and companies. The course provides training in proposal writing and presentation skills. Credits earned in this course apply to research requirements.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Pierce, Michael. "Coherent X"‘ray Scattering of Surfaces: From High"‘Z Systems in Vacuum to Real"‘world Environments at Interfaces." Advanced Photon Source User's Meeting. Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne, IL. 10 May 2016. Conference Presentation.
Pierce, Michael. "XPCS from Metal Surfaces and Interfaces." NSLS-II User Meeting. Brookhaven National Laboratory. Upton, NY. 25 May 2016. Lecture.
Karl, Robert, et al. "Charge Induced Dynamics of the Ag (001) Surface." Coherence 2014. Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratory. Evanston, IL. 2 Sep. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Pierce, Michael S. "Challenges and Frontiers for XPCS of Hard Condensed Matter Systems." NSLS-II First-Experiments. Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven, New York. 3 Aug. 2013. Lecture.
Pierce, Michael S. "X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy at Surfaces : Challenges and Opportunities for in-situ Surface and Electrochemistry Studies." X-ray Interface Science at Advanced Photon Source: New Sector Development. Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne, IL. 10 Jan. 2012. Lecture.
Pierce, Michael. "XPCS on Surfaces: Challenges and Opportunities." XDL 2011, Science at the Hard X-ray Diffraction Limit. CHESS and Cornell University. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 30 Jun. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Journal Paper
Barbour, Andi, et al. "Partial Glass Isosymmetry Transition in Multiferroic Hexagonal ErMnO3." Physical Review B 93. (2016): 54113. Print.
Loheac, Andrew, et al. "Interaction of Molecular Oxygen with a Hexagonally Reconstructed Au(001) Surface." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120. 40 (2016): 23001-23008. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Lubricating Ability of Two Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids as Additives of a Bio-oil for use in Wind Turbines Gearboxes." Wear. (2016): 1-12. Web.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Interaction of Molecular Oxygen with a Hexagonally Reconstructed Au(001) Surface." Journal of Physical Chemistry 120. 40 (2016): 23001--23008. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Phase Separation, Crystallinity and Monomer-Aggregate Population Control in Solution Processed Small Molecule Solar Cells." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 157. (2016): 366--376. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Partial Glass Isosymmetry Transition in Multiferroic Hexagonal ErMnO3." Physical Review B 93. (2016): 054113---54113. Print.
Pierce, Michael s., et al. "Phase Separation, Crystallinity and Monomer-Aggregate Population Control in Solution Processed Small Molecule Solar Cells." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 157. (2016): 366--376. Print.
Jr., Robert Karl, et al. "Charge-induced equilibrium dynamics and structure at the Ag(001)—electrolyte interface." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17. (2015): 16682-16687. Print.
Zhu, Chenhui, et al. "Ptychographic x-ray imaging of surfaces on crystal truncation rod." Applied Physics Letters 106. (2015): 101604. Print.
Komanicky, Vladimir, et al. "Growth of Arrays of Oriented Epitaxial Platinum Nanoparticles with Controlled Size and Shape by Natural Colloidal Lithography." Nanoscale Research Letters 9. (2014): 336. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Influence of Structural Disorder on Magnetic Domain Formation in Perpendicular Anisotropy Thin Films." Physical Review B 87. (2013): 184428. Print.
Pierce, Michael S. "Dynamics of Au (100) Surface in Electrolytes: In-Situ Coherent X-ray Scattering." Physical Review B 86. (2013): 085410-. Print.
Pierce, Michael S. "Epitaxial Oxide Bilayer on Pt (001) Nanofacets." Journal of Chemical Physics 136. (2013): 044704-. Print.
Pierce, Michael S. "Study of Electrode Surface Dynamics Using Coherent Surface X-ray Scattering." Electrochemica Acta 82. (2013): 570-. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Dynamics of the Au (001) Surface in Electrolytes: In Situ Coherent X-Ray Scattering." Physical Review B 86. 85410 (2012): 1-7. Print.
Hennessy, Daniel C., et al. "Epitaxial Oxide Bilayer on Pt (001) Nanofacets." Journal of Chemical Physics 136. 4 (2012): 089901-089907. Print.
You, Hoydoo, et al. "Study of Electrode Surface Dynamics Using Coherent Surface X-Ray Scattering." Electrochimica Acta 82. (2012): 570-575. Print.
Pierce, M.S., et al. "Coherent X-Ray Scattering Experiments of Pt(001) Surface Dynamics Near a Roughening Transition." Physical Review B 86. (2012): 184108-5. Print.
Pierce, Michael S. "Coherent X-ray Scattering Experiments of Pt (001) Surface Dynamics near a Roughening Transition." Physical Review B 86. (2012): 184108-184108-6. Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "The Influence of Structural Disorder on Magnetic Domain Formation in Ferromagnetic Thin Films." Physical Review B submitted. (2012) Print.
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "Persistent Oscillations of X-ray Speckles: Pt (001) Step Flow." Applied Physics Letters 99. (2011): 121910-121912. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Pierce, Michael S., et al. "In Situ Coherent X-ray Scattering and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Hexagonally Reconstructed Au(001) in Electrolytes." Proceedings of the 219th ECS Meeting. Ed. G. Brisard, A. Wieckowski. ECS Transactions: n.p., 2011. Print.