Gwo-Ching Wang
— Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

— Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
— M.S., Physics, Northern Illinois University, 1973
— B.S., Physics, Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1968

Career Highlights:
Wang spent two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and four years at Oak Ridge National Lab before joining Rensselaer in 1984. She is a Rensselaer Early Career Award winner, a Nottingham Prize winner in Physical Electronics, and is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society. She has published over 200 journal papers, two books, and four book chapters, and has given over 100 national and international invited talks and 100 contributed talks.

Nine of her former doctoral students have received fourteen national student awards. Some of her former students work for such prestigious companies as Intel, Motorola, Applied Materials, Iomega, and Sharp Microelectronics; others have gone on to work for Wall Street, the U.S. Navy and other universities.

Wang has served as the director and principal investigator of the National Science Foundation's IGERT program and DOE's GAANN program since 2003 and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) since 1992. Through REU, over 170 undergraduates from colleges all over the U.S. have participated in summer research programs. Over 95 percent of these participants have gone on to graduate schools during the past eleven years. She also served as the traineeship supervisor from 1993 to 1995 for an Office of Naval Research program that allowed high school students to participate in her group's research prior to attending college.

Research Areas:
Wang's research interests include nanometer scale characterization of physical, chemical, and magnetic properties of surfaces, interfaces, ultrathin films, and nanostructures; mechanical and electronic properties of nanostructures; surface phase transitions and thin film stability; magnetism of ultrathin ferromagnetic films; and dynamic scaling in submonolayer and thin film growth/etch fronts.

Selected Publications in 2004:
J.P. Singh, T. Karabacak, D.-X. Ye, D.-L. Liu, C. Picu, T.-M. Lu, G.-C. Wang, "Physical properties of nanostructures grown by oblique angle deposition", Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B , 23 (5), 2114-2121(2005). Selected for the October 3, 2005 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. The Virtual Journal, which is published by the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society in cooperation with numerous other societies and publishers, is an edited compilation of links to articles from participating publishers, covering a focused area of frontier research. One can access the Virtual Journal at

F. Tang, C. Gaire, D.-X. Ye, T. Karabacak, T.-M. Lu and G.-C. Wang, "AFM, SEM and in situ RHEED study of Cu texture evolution on amorphous carbon by oblique angle vapor deposition", Phys. Rev. B , 72(3), 35430-1-8 (2005).

F. Tang, T. Karabacak, P. Morrow, C. Gaire, G.-C. Wang, and T.-M. Lu, "Texture evolution during shadowing growth of isolated Ru columns", Phys. Rev. B , 72, 165402 (2005).

C. Gaire, D. -X. Ye, F. Tang, R. C. Picu, G. -C. Wang and T. -M. Lu, "Mechanical testing of isolated amorphous silicon slanted nanorods", Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 5, 1892-1897 (2005).

D.-X. Ye, T. Karabacak, G.-C. Wang, and T.-M. Lu, "Uniform Si nano-structures grown by oblique angle deposition with substrate swing rotation", Nanotechnology, 16, 1717-1723 (2005).

T. Karabacak, J.J. Senkevich, G.-C. Wang, and T.-M. Lu, "Stress reduction in sputter deposited films using nanostructured compliant layers by high working-gas pressures", J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A,23, 986 (2005).

Gregory A. Ten Eyck, Jay Senkevich, Fu Tang, Deli Liu, Samuk Pimanpang, Tansel Karabacak, Gwo-Ching Wang, Toh-Ming Lu, Christopher Jezewski, and William A. Lanford "Plasma assisted atomic layer deposition of plladium", Chem. Vapor Deposition, 11, (1), 60-66 (2005).

Tansel Karabacak, Pei-I Wang, Gwo-Ching Wang, and Toh-Ming Lu, "Phase transformation of single crystal b-tungsten nanorods at elevated temperatures", Thin Solid Film , 493, 293-296(2005).

D.-X. Ye, S. Pimanpang, C. Jezewski, F. Tang, J.J. Senkevich, G.-C. Wang, and T.-M. Lu, "Low temperature chemical vapor deposition of Co thin films from Co2(CO)8", Thin Solid Films , 485(1-2), 95-100 (2005).

D.-X. Ye, B. Carrow, S. Pimanpang, H. Bakhru, G. A. Ten Eyck, G.-C. Wang and T.-M. Lu, "Evaluation of a novel Cu(I) precursor for chemical vapor deposition", Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters , 8, C85 - C88 (2005).

Young-soon Kim, Dae-lok Bae, Hoichang Yang, Hyung-shik Shin, G.-C. Wang, J.J. Senkevich, and T.-M. Lu, "Direct copper electroless deposition on a tungsten barrier layer for ultralarge scale integration", J. Electrochem. Soc. , 152 (2), C89-C95 (2005).

Contact Information:
G.-C. Wang
1C25 Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
(518) 276-8387



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