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

Some recent publications in various areas of interest:

1. Conor R. Thomas, Matthew K. Vallon, Matthew G. Frith, Hikmet Sezen, Satya Kushwaha, Robert J. Cava, Jeffrey Schwartz, and Steven L. Bernasek, “Surface Oxidation of Bi2(Te, Se)3 Topological Insulators Depends on Cleavage Accuracy”, Chemistry of Materials, 28, 35 (2016).

2. Sandra Dahlin, Marita Nilsson, Daniel Bäckström, Susanna L. Bergman, Emelie Bengtsson, Johan Engelbrektsson, Steven L. Bernasek, and Lars J. Pettersson, “Multivariate Analysis on the Effect of Biodiesel-derived Contaminants on V2O3-WO3-TiO2 SCR Catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 183, 377 (2016).

3. Steven M. Wulfsberg, Bruce E. Koel, and Steven L. Bernasek, “The low temperature
oxidation of lithium thin films on HOPG by O2 and H2O”, Surface Science, 651, (2016).

4. Kaidi Yuan, Jian-Qiang Zhong, Xiong Zhou, Leilei Xu, Susanna L. Bergman, Kai Wu, Guo Qin Xu, Steven L. Bernasek, He Xing Li, and Wei Chen, “Dynamic Oxygen on Surface: Catalytic Intermediate and Coking Barrier in the Modeled CO2 Reforming of CH4 on Ni(111)”, ACS Catalysis, 6, 4330 (2016).

5. Xiao Shi, Steven L. Bernasek, and Annabella Selloni, “Oxygen Deficiency and Reactivity of Spinel NiCo2O4(001) Surfaces”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 3929 (2017).

6. 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).

7. 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).

8. 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).

9. 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).

10. 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).

11. 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).

12. 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 (2018).

13. Won Jun Lee, Steven L. Bernasek, Chong Soo Han, “Interpretation on Nanoporous Network Structure in Rice Husk Silica Layer: A Graph Model”, ACS Omega, 3, 11544 (2018)


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

General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity