Shane C. Street

Shane C. Street

Associate Professor


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A&M University, 1995-1997
  • PhD, University of Illinois, 1995
  • BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1989


Research Interests

UHV surface science

Ultrahigh vacuum techniques such as Auger electron spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption monitored by a quadrupole mass spectrometer, and reflectance-absorbance infrared spectroscopy are used to investigate the interaction of molecules with well-characterized surfaces. Currently, we are investigating the interaction of amine-quinone compounds with iron surfaces. These molecules are models of corrosion inhibitors.

Thin film tribology

Tribology is the study of friction, lubrication, and wear. We are interested in the relationship between the structure of boundary layer (monolayer) lubricants and their frictional properties. We use a sensitive pin-on-disk type tribometer to rub surfaces with well-characterized, self-assembled monolayers and then analyze the surface spectroscopically. We are also working on metal/organic thin films with unique mechanical, structural, and optical properties.

Surface chemistry

As an aid to both of the above research thrusts, we use solution and vacuum phase reactions to make novel surfaces. Current work includes attachment chemistry on technologically important oxides (particularly silica and alumina) and fundamental study of the acid/base characteristics of such surfaces.

Selected Publications

“Experimental and Theoretical Studies of the Photoreduction of Copper(II)-Dendrimer Complexes.” Wan, H.; Li, S.; Konovalova, T. A.; Shuler, S. F.; Dixon, D. A.; Street, S. C. J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 1335-1344 (2008).

“Nanoscratch behavior of dendrimer-mediated Ti thin films.” Li, X.; Huang, F.; Curry, M.; Street, S. C.; Weaver, M. L. Tribol. Lett. 19, 273-280 (2005).

“Nanotribological studies of dendrimer-mediated metallic thin films.” Li, X.; Curry, M.; Wei, G.; Zhang, J.; Barnard, J. A.; Street, S. C.; Weaver, M. L., Surf. Coat. Technol., 177-178 504-511 (2004).

“Coverage Dependent Evolution of Two-Dimensional Dendrimer/Mica Domain Patterns.” Xu, F. T.; Street, S. C.; Barnard, J. A., J. Phys. Chem. B, 107, 12762-12767 (2003).

“Kinetic energy influences on the growth mode of metal overlayers on dendrimer mediated substrates.” Curry, M.; Arrington, D.; Street, S. C.; Xu, F. T.; Barnard, J. A., J. Vac. Sci. Techn., A., 21, 234-240 (2003).

“Pattern Formation in Aerosol-Deposited Dendrimer Films.” Xu, F. T.; Street, S. C.; Barnard, J. A., Langmuir, 19, 3066-3070 (2003).

“A Spectroscopic Study of Hexadecylquinolinium Tricyanoquinodimethanide as a Monolayer and in Bulk.” Xu, Tao; Morris, Todd A.; Szulczewski, G. J.; Amaresh, R. R.; Gao, Y.; Street, S. C.; Kispert, L. D.; Metzger, R. M.; Terenziani, F., J. Phys. Chem. B, 106, 10374-10381 (2002).

“Patterned thin films of polyamidoamine dendrimers formed using microcontact printing.” Arrington, D.; Curry, M.; Street, S. C., Langmuir, 18, 7788-7791 (2002).

“Molecular interlayers and the mechanism of abrasive wear of ultrathin metal films.” Xu, F. T.; Ye, P. P.; Curry, M.; Barnard, J. A.; Street, S. C., Tribol. Lett., 12, 189-193 (2002).

“Thin metal films deposited on dendrimer monolayers.” Rar, A.; Curry, M.; Barnard, J. A.; Street, S. C., Tribol. Lett., 12, 87-94 (2002).

“Unique Structural and Mechanical Properties of Ultrathin Au Films Grown on Dendrimer-Mediated Substrates.” Street, S. C.; Rar, A.; Zhou, J. N.; Liu, W. J.; Barnard, J. A., Chem. Mater., 13, 3669-3677 (2001).

Chapter in Book: “Chemical and Spectroscopic Studies of Ultrathin Oxide Films,” in The Chemical Physics of Solid Surfaces, V. 8, S. C. Street and D. W. Goodman; D. P. Woodruff, and D. A. King, eds. Elsevier Press: Amsterdam, 1997.