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Martin Kordesch



Physics & Astronomy
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Ph.D. Physics, 1984, Case Western Reserve University, (1978 -1984)

Dissertation: “Emersed Electrode Investigations of Passivated Iron Films: Conversion Electron Moessbauer Spectroscopy and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy”, Thesis advisor: Richard W. Hoffman (deceased).

 M.S.  Physics, 1980, Case Western Reserve University

 A.B.  Physics, 1978, University of Chicago


Professional Associations

American Physical Society

American Vacuum Society

Materials Research Society

Microscope Society of America

Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft


Research Interests

Work-Related Experience


Selected Book Chapters and Reviews

Recent Journal Publications

Personal Profile


Current Research Activities

Microscopy of surfaces, amorphous and crystalline semiconductors, metal-oxide cathodes


Professional Background

Ohio University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor (1997- present)

Director, Condensed Matter and Surface Sciences Program (1999-2003)

Associate Professor (1993-1997)

Assistant Professor (1989-1993)

Office of Naval Research Naval Research Laboratory

Sabbatical (2015-2016)

Project Director, University Research Initiative Support Program (1996-2001)

American Society for Engineering Education

Distinguished Summer Fellow (2008)

National Nanotechnology Initiative

Executive Committee (2006-2010)

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Visiting Scientist, (2006)

University of Erlangen Nuremburg

Visiting Professor (2005)

Extreme Devices

Scientific Advisory Board (1998-2003)

Ohio Materials Network, MatNet

Executive Committee (1996-1997)

Advances in Surface Science, Madrid, Spain

Invited Instructor (Sep 1995)

BESSY Fritz Haber Institute d. Max Planck Gesellschaft

Guest Scientist (July-Aug 1995)

Fritz-Haber-Institute, Berlin

Staff Scientist (1985-89)

Max Planck Fellow (1984-85)

Case Western Reserve University

Teaching Assistant (1983)

Electrochemical Society

Weston Fellow (1982)

Case Western Reserve University

Research Fellow (1978-81)


US Patent No.: 7, 638, 820 Contact Method.....semiconductor devices...continued, Issued December 29, 2009.

US Patent No.: 7,460,352 ... Flexible dielectric film and method for making.. Issued December 2, 2008.

US Patent No.: 7,132,701 Contact Method for Thin Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Layer and Semiconductor devices formed by those methods. Issued November 7, 2006

US Patent No: 6,689,630 B2  Method of Forming an Amorphous Aluminum Nitride Emitter including a Rare Earth or Transition Metal Element, M.E. Kordesch and H.H. Richardson. Issued February 10, 2004.

US Patent No.: 6,486, 044 B2 “ Band Gap Engineering of Amorphous Al-Ga-N Alloys” M.E. Kordesch, Issued November 26, 2002


Selected Book Chapters and Reviews

14. “Cathodoluminescence from Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Nitride Thin Films Doped with Rare Earth and Transition Metals”  Muhammad Maqbool, Wojiech Jadwisienczak and Martin E. Kordesch, , in Cathodoluminescence, Naoki Yamamototo, ed. InTech, Rijeka (2012).

13. “Synchrotron Radiation Photoelectron Microscopy”, Stefan Heun and M.E. Kordesch, in Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, Arthur T Hubbard, ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2008.

12. “Photoelectron Emission Microcopy of Surfaces”, M.E. Kordesch, in Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, Arthur T Hubbard, ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc.,  New York, 2002. Book Chapter.  2nd Edition, 2006.

11. “Photoelectron Emission Microscopy and related techniques for In Situ Real-Time Surface Studies”, M.E. Kordesch, Chapter 8 in In Situ Real-Time Characterization of Thin Films, O.Auciello and A. Krauss, ed.  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York, 2001 (pp217-260). Book Chapter

10. “High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, Applications” H. Conrad and M.E. Kordesch, Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, J.C. Lindon, ed, Academic Press, New York, 2000. Book Chapter. 2nd Edition 2008.


Recent Journal Publications

141. Spectra, energy levels and crystal field calculation of Er 3+ doped in AlN nanoparticles, T. Kallel, T. Koubaa, M. Dammak, S.G. Pandya, M.E. Kordesch, J.Wang, W.M. Jadwisienczak, Y. Wang, Journal of Luminescence, 171, 42-50 (2016).

140. Structural Characterization and X-ray analysis by Williamson-Hall method for Erbium doped Aluminum Nitride nanoparticles, synthesized using inert gas condensation technique, Sneha G. Pandya, Joseph P. Corbett, Wojciech M. Jadwisienczak, and Martin E. Kordesch, Physica E, 79,98-102 (2016).

139. Stress and Strain Analysis for InSb Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Inert Gas Condensation Technique, Sneha G. Pandya, Joseph P. Corbett, Mayur Sundarajan, and Martin E. Kordesch, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol 16, 1-5 (2016).

138. Optical conductivity and electrical properties of a-BexZnyO, J.M. Khoshman, P.Jakkala, D.C. Ingram, and M.E. Kordesch, Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, 440, 31-37 (2016).

137. Growth and Optical Characteristics of Jordanian Silica Sand Thin Films, J.M. Khoshman, A.A. Manda, Q.A.  Drmosh and M.E. Kordesch, Jordanian Journal of Physics, Vol 8 No. 4 205-216 (2015).

136. Erbium doped aluminum nitride nanoparticles for nano-thermometer applications, Sneha G. Pandya and Martin E. Kordesch, Materials Research Express, 2, 065006 (2015).

135. Characterization of InSb Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Inert Gas Condensation, Sneha G Pandya, Martin E Kordesch,  Nanoscale Research Letters, (2015) 10:258 DOI: 10.1186/s11671-015-0966-4.   

134. Advancement in Tip Etching for Preparation of Tunable Size Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Tips, Corbett, J., Pandya, S., Mandru, A., Pak, J., Kordesch, M. E., Smith, A. R., Review of Scientific Instruments, 86 (2015) 026104.

133. Wide-Area Distribution of Homogeneous Nanoparticles using Modified Inert Gas Condensation, Pandya, S., Kordesch, M. E., Vacuum, 114 (2015) 124-129.

132.  “Near-infrared optical constants and optical polarization properties of ZnO thin films”, Khoshman, J., Manda, A., Kordesch, M. E., Thin Solid Films, 578 (2015) 139-147.

131. “Influence of Ni concentration on the crystallization of amorphous Si films and on the development of different Ni-silicide phases”, A.R. Zanatta, D.C. Ingram,  M.E. Kordesch, Journal of Applied Physics, Volume: 116   Issue: 12,  123508,  2014.

130. “On the structural-optical properties of Al-containing amorphous Si thin films and the metal-induced crystallization phenomenon”, A.R. Zanatta, M.E. Kordesch, Journal of Applied Physics, Volume: 116   Issue: 7, 073511, 2014.

129. “Multiple oscillator models for the optical constants of polycrystalline zinc oxide thin films over a wide wavelength range”, J.M. Khoshman, J.N. Hilfiker, N. Tabet, and M.E. Kordesch, Applied Surface Science, Volume: 307   Pages: 558-565, 2014.

128. “Luminescence of erbium doped aluminum nitride nanoparticles synthesized using inert gas condensation”, Sneha G. Pandya  and Martin E. Kordesch,  Physica Status Solidi C, 11( 3-4), 483-486, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/pssc.201300487.

127.  “Atomistic origin of rapid crystallization of Ag-doped GeSbTe alloys: A joint experimental and theoretical study”, B. Prasai, M. E. Kordesch, D. A. Drabold, and G. Chen, Physica Status Solidi B 250, No. 9, 17851790 (2013) / DOI 10.1002/pssb.201349150.

126.  “Cluster and Thickness Dependence of Ferromagnetism in Nickel In Situ-Doped Amorphous AlN Thin Films “ H. Tanaka, W.M. Jadwisienczak, S. Kaya, G.Chen, C. Wan, M.E. Kordesch,  Journal of  Electronic Materials,  Vol 42   Issue: 5   Pages: 844-848   DOI: 10.1007/s11664-013-2493-3. 2013.

125.   “Tungstate formation in a model scandate thermionic cathode”, Congshang Wan and Martin E. Kordesch, J. Vacuum Science and Technology B, B31(1) 2013.


Personal Profile

Martin E. Kordesch obtained his B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago (1978), and M.S.(1980) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in Physics from Case Western Reserve University. His early work was on in situ Mossbauer and EXAFS measurements of corrosion systems and fuel cell catalysts. He was a Max Planck Fellow and then Staff Scientist at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany from 1984-1989, where he worked on the surface chemistry of cyanide compounds and hydrogen surface resonances using vibrational spectroscopy and synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy.

He joined Ohio University in 1989, and worked on the in situ observation of CVD diamond growth with emission microscopes. His current research involves the growth and characterization of low work function surfaces, carbon nanosheets and nanotextured surfaces for field emission.

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