Associate Professor Jennifer MacLeod

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Head of School of Chemistry & Physics

Role in the Centre

Jennifer MacLeod is a physicist who specialises in surface science and instrumentation development. Her research focus is on making and measuring organic 2D materials. The synthesis of these films bridges both the hard and soft matter research themes of the Centre, since the materials are synthesised from organic precursor materials (soft matter) on crystalline inorganic substrates (hard matter). At present, she is working towards establishing the capacity for routine characterisation of the electronic gap of organic materials through the combination of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and low-energy inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (IPES), which together can reveal the transport gap of molecular materials, in addition to important parameters like the electron affinity. These measurements provide critical understanding for the use of these novel 2D materials in device applications. Her understanding of surface properties and molecule/surface interactions also allows her to work and collaborate in the adjacent areas of polymer thin films, plasma synthesis, and electrode materials for energy storage devices.

Short Biography

Jennifer MacLeod has been working in surface science since 1999, when she joined Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) to help design, build, commission and use an ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunnelling microscope. Her research focus at the time was on 1D nanostructures on semiconductors. She went on to join the Institute national de la researche scientifique (INRS) in Varennes, Quebec, where she expanded her research focus to self-assembled molecular architectures. After receiving a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada postdoctoral fellowship, she moved to the Universita degli Studi di Trieste, where she worked on instrumentation development for powder diffraction at Elettra Syncrotron. After returning to INRS for several years, in 2015 she joined QUT as a Senior Research Fellow in Surface Science. She was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship in 2017, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019, and in 2020 became the Head of School for Chemistry and Physics.

Selected Publications

“Design and construction of on-surface molecular nanoarchitectures: lessons and trends from trimesic acid and other small carboxlyated building blocks” MacLeod, J. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2019, 53(4) 043002.

“Cleaning up after the Party: Removing the byproducts of on-surface Ullmann coupling” Abyazisani, M.; MacLeod, J. M.; and Lipton-Duffin, J. ACS Nano 2019, 13(8), 9270-9278.

“Film formation from plasma-enabled surface-catalyzed dehalogenative coupling of a small organic molecule” Hartl, H.; Guo, Y.; Ostrikov, K.; Xian, Y.; Zheng, J.; Li, X.; Fairfull-Smith, K.E.; MacLeod, J. RSC Advances 2019, 9(5), 2848-2856.

“Periodic and nonperiodic chiral self-assembled networks from 1, 3, 5-benzenetricarboxylic acid on Ag (111)” Lipton-Duffin, J.; Abyazisani, M.; MacLeod, J. ChemComm 2018, 54(60), 8316-8319.

“Control of fullerene crystallization from 2d to 3d through combined solvent and template effects” Cui, D.; Ebrahimi, M.; Rosei, F.; MacLeod, J.M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139(46), 16732-16740.

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