Steven Lynn Bernasek

Science (Chemistry)

Rector (Cendana College)


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Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, Professor Steven Lynn Bernasek was a Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. An experimental physical chemist, Prof Bernasek’s research interests are in the areas of surface chemistry and chemical physics. Prof Bernasek’s research focuses on the application of gas phase molecular reaction dynamics tools to the study of heterogeneous reactions and he has published over 200 papers in journals such as Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Surface Science. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has been a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and has received the American Chemical Society Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry.

Surface chemistry
Heterogeneous catalysis
Self-assembly at surfaces and interfaces
Chiral monolayers
Environmental Catalysis

Some recent publications in various areas of interest:

  1. Susanna L. Bergman, Girija S. Sahasrabudhe, Huiwen Ji, Robert J. Cava, and Steven L. Bernasek, “Useful X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Based Chemical Tool: Differential Charging Studies of Complex Composite Materials”, Chem. Mater, 29, 4162 (2017).
  2. Susanna L. Bergman, Jonas Granestrand, Yu Tang, Rodrigo Suárez París, Marita Nilsson, Franklin Feng Tao, Chunhua Tang, Stephen J. Pennycook, Lars J. Pettersson, and Steven L. Bernasek, “In-situ characterization by Near-Ambient Pressure XPS of the catalytically active phase of Pt/Al2O3 during NO and CO oxidation”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 220C, 506 (2018).
  3. Susanna L. Bergman, Aahana N. Ganguly, Steven L. Bernasek, “XPS Characterization of a Plasmonic Sensor for Catalysis Studies by Controlled Differential Charging”, J. Elec.Spectrosc. and Rel. Phen., 222, 88 (2018).
  4. Bjorn P. von der Heyden, Matthew G. Frith, Steven Bernasek, Alakendra N. Roychoudhury, Tolek Tylizszak, Satish C. B. Myneni, “Geochemistry of Al-rich ferric freshwater and coastal water colloids from the west coast of Southern Africa”, Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta, 241, 56 (2018).
  5. Esther M. Frederick, José Cojal González, Jürgen Rabe, and Steven L. Bernasek, “2D versus 3D Self-Assembly of a Series of 5-Alkoxyisophthalic Acids”, Langmuir, 34, 10739 (2018).
  6. Xiao Shi, Steven L. Bernasek, and Annabella Selloni, “Mechanism and activity of CO oxidation on (100) and (110) surfaces of spinel Co3O4, NiCo2O4 and NiFe2O4: A DFT+ U study”, Surf. Sci., 677, 278 (2018).
  7. Guo Qin Xu, Yinjuan Ren, Kaidi Yuan, Xiong Zhou, Haicheng Sun, Kai We, Steven L. Bernasek, and Wei Chen, “Probing the Catalytic Intermediates of CO2 Hydrogenation on Cu(111) by In-Operando Near-Ambient Pressure Technique”, Chem. Eur. J., 24, 16097
  8. Esther Frederick, Travis W. Shaw, Matthew G. Frith, and Steven L. Bernasek, “Synthesis of a Surface Mounted Metal-organic Framework on Gold using a Au-carbene Self-assembled Monolayer Linkage”, Mater. Chem. Front. 3, 636 (2019).
  9. Susanna L. Bergman, Girija Sahasrabudhe, Tamie Ai Jia Loh, Steven L. Bernasek, “Differential Charging Analysis of Nb Doped TiO2 Thin Films on SiO2 Substrates”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 57, 051101-1-6, (2019).
  10. Yinjuan Ren, Chunyu Xin, Zhongkai Hao, Haicheng Sun, Steven L. Bernasek, Wei Chen, and Guo Qin Xu, “Probing the Reaction Mechanism in CO2 Hydrogenation on Bimetallic Ni/Cu(100) with Near-Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12, 2548 (2019).
  11. Susanna L. Bergman, Jonas Granestrand, Shibo Xi, Du Yonghua, Yu Tang, Chunhua Tang, Liene Kienkas, Lars J. Pettersson, and Steven L. Bernasek, “Probing the Oxidation/Reduction Dynamics of Fresh and P/Na/K-contaminated Pt/Pd/Al2O3 Diesel Oxidation Catalysts by STEM, TPR and in situ XANES”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 124, 2945 (2020).
  12. Susanna L. Bergman, Sandra Dahlin, Vitaly V. Mesilov, Yang Xiao, Johanna Englund, Shibo Xi, Chunhua Tang, Magnus Skoglundh, Lars J. Pettersson, and Steven L. Bernasek, “In-situ studies of oxidation/reduction of copper in Cu-CHA SCR catalysts: comparison of fresh and SO2-poisoned catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 269, 118722 (2020).
  13. Vitaly V. Mesilov*, Susanna L. Bergman*, Sandra Dahlin, Yang Xiao, Shibo Xi, Lars J. Pettersson, and Steven L. Bernasek, “Differences in oxidation-reduction kinetics and mobility of Cu species in fresh and SO2-poisoned Cu-SSZ-13 catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B:
    Environmental, 284, 119756 (2021).
  14. Vitaly V. Mesilov, Yang Xiao, Sandra Dahlin, Susanna L. Bergman, Lars J. Pettersson, and Steven L. Bernasek, “First-principles calculations of condition-dependent Cu/Fe Speciation in Sulfur-poisoned Cu- and Fe-SSZZ-13 Catalysts”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 125, 4632 (2021).

A full list of Prof Bernasek’s publications can be found in his Curriculum Vitae.

YSC 1207 General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity
YSC 2225 Physical Chemistry
YCC 1131 Scientific Inquiry 1
YSC 3224 Statistical Thermodynamics