Program Director, Ames Laboratory

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences,

320 Spedding Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

phone 515-294-8985



1975                B.A., summa cum laude, Chemistry, Macalester College, St. Paul

1981                Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

1981                Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut der Universität München

1974-75           Research Technician, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

1975-76           Associate Scientist and Director of Materials Analysis Laboratory, Control Data Corporation

1981-83           Technical Staff Member, Applied Physics Division, Sandia National Laboratory

1983-83           Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

1983-83           Technical Consultant to Thermionics Laboratories, Inc., Hayward, CA

1983-88           Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University and Associate Chemist, Ames Laboratory

1988-91           Associate Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University

1991-present   Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University and Senior Chemist, Ames Laboratory

1988-04                      Program Director, Materials Chemistry, Ames Laboratory

2002                Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Distinguished Professor of Iowa State University, 2002

Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, 2001

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2001

Invitation Fellow of the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), 2001

Visiting Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 1 month in 2001

Visiting Professor, Ecole de Mines, Nancy, France: 1 month in 1999, again in 2000, again in 2002

DOE Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry, 1998

Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, 1998

Wilkinson Teaching Award (ISU-Department of Chemistry), 1996

Faculty Award for Women in Science and Engineering (NSF), 1991-1996

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1986-1990

National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, 1985-1989

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1984-1986

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, January-November 1981



Solid film growth, and surfaces of complex intermetallics--notably quasicrystals.



“Metals Deposited on Quasicrystalline Substrates: Nucleation, Growth Mode, and Interfacial Orientation,” P. A. Thiel, 14th International Surface Science Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, June 2003.

“Metals Deposited on Quasicrystalline Substrates: Nucleation, Growth Mode, and Interfacial Orientation,” P. A. Thiel, Fritz-Haber Institue der Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germay, August 2003.

“Metals Deposited on Quasicrystalline Substrates: Nucleation, Growth Mode, and Interfacial Orientation,” P. A. Thiel (Plenary Speaker), 22nd European Conference on Surface Science, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2003.



“Pseudomorphic Starfish: Nucleation of Extrinsic Metal Atoms on a Quasicrystalline Template,” T. Cai, J. Ledieu, V. Fournée, T. Lograsso, A. Ross, R. McGrath and P. A. Thiel, Surface Science 526, 115-120 (2003).

“Nucleation and growth of Ag films on a quasicrystalline AlPdMn surface,” V. Fournée, T. Cai, T. Lograsso, A. Ross, and P. A. Thiel, Physical Review B—Brief Reports 67, 033406 (2003).

Influence of strain in Ag on Al(111) and Al on Ag(100) thin film growth,” V. Fournée, J. Ledieu, T. Cai, and P.A. Thiel, Physical Review B 67, 155401 (2003).

“The Effect of Common Gases on Nucleation of Metal Islands: Oxygen’s Effect on Ag(100) Homoepitaxy,” A.R. Layson, J.W. Evans, V. Fournée, and P.A. Thiel, J. Chem. Phys. 118, 6467-6472 (2003).

"Growth of Ag Thin Films on Complex Surfaces of Quasicrystals and Approximant Phases," V. Fournée, A.R. Ross, T.A. Lograsso, P. Canfield, I.R. Fisher, J.W. Evans and P.A. Thiel, Surface Science 537, 5-26 (2003)

“Palladium Clusters Formed on the Complex Pseudo Ten-Fold Surface of The x’-Al77.5Pd19Mn3.5 Approximant Crystal,” V. Fournée, J.A. Barrow, M. Shimoda, A.R. Ross, T.A. Lograsso, P.A. Thiel and A.P. Tsai, Surface Science 541, 147-159 (2003).

Tribological Properties of a B2-type Al-Pd-Mn Quasicrystal Approximant,”C. Mancinelli, C. J. Jenks, P. A. Thiel, and A. J. Gellman, J. Materials Research 18, 1447-1456 (2003).

"Concluding remarks to Quasicrystals 2001," P.A. Thiel, J. Alloys Comps., 342, 477 (2002).

"Nucleation and Growth of Ag Films on a Quasicrystalline AlPdMn Surface," V. Fournée, T. Cai, T. Lograsso, A. Ross, and P.A. Thiel, Phys. Rev. B, 67, 033406 (2003).

"Surface Structure of Al-Pd-Mn Quasicrystals: Existence of Supersaturated Bulk Vacancy Concentrations," P. Ebert, M. Yurechko, F. Kluge, T. Cai, B. Grushko, P.A. Thiel, and K. Urban, Phys. Rev. B, 67, 024208 (2003).

"Photoemission Studies of the Sputter-Induced Phase Transformation on the Al-Cu-Fe Surface," J.A. Barrow, V. Fournée, A.R. Ross, P.A. Thiel, M. Shimoda, and A.P. Tsai, Surf. Sci., 539, 54 (2003).

"Experimental Evidence of the Stability of Net Planes in Decagonal Quasicrystals," C.J. Jenks, J. Bjergaard, P. Canfield, A.R. Ross, W. Steurer and P.A. Thiel, J. Non-Cryst. Solids (in press).

"Quasicrystals in the Ti-Zr-Ni Alloy System," J.B. Qiang, Y.M. Wang, D.H. Wang, M. Kramer, P. Thiel, and C. Dong, Phil. Mag. (submitted).

"Surface Preparation and Characterization of the Icosahedral Al-Ga-Pd-Mn Quasicrystal," M. Heinzig, C. J. Jenks, M. Van Hove, I. Fisher, P. Canfield, and P. A. Thiel, J. Alloys Comps., 338, 248 (2002).

"New Approximants in the Al-Cr-Fe System and their Oxidation Resistance," V. Demange, F. Machizaud, J. M. Dubois, J.W. Anderegg, P. A. Thiel, and D. J. Sordelet, J. Alloys Comps., 342, 24 (2002).

"Analysis of Gas-Phase Clusters Made from Laser-Vaporized Icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn," J. A. Barrow, D. J. Sordelet, M. F. Besser, C. J. Jenks, P. A. Thiel, E. F. Rexer, and S. J. Riley, J. Phys. Chem. A, 106, 9204 (2002).

"Electronic Structure of Quasicrystals Deduced from Auger and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopies," V. Fournée, J. W. Anderegg, A. R. Ross, T. A. Lograsso and P. A. Thiel, J. Phys. Condens. Matter, 14, 2691 (2002).

"STM Study of the Atomic Structure of the Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Fivefold Surface," T. Cai, V. Fournée, T. A. Lograsso, A. Ross, and P. A. Thiel, Phys. Rev. B, 65, 140202 (2002).

"Surface Structures of Approximant Phases in the Al-Pd-Mn System," V. Fournée, A. R. Ross, T. A. Lograsso, J. W. Anderegg, C. Dong, M. Kramer, I. R. Fisher, P. C. Canfield, and P. A. Thiel, Phys. Rev. B, 66, 165423 (2002).

"Quasicrystals," E. Macia, J.-M. Dubois, and P. A. Thiel, in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry (Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, Germany, 2002).

“Surface Oxidation of Al-Cr-Fe Alloys Characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy,” V. Demange, J.W. Anderegg, J. Ghanbaja, F. Machizaud, D.J. Sordelet, M. Besser, P.A.

      Thiel, and J.M. Dubois  Appl. Surf. Sci., 173, 327-338 (2001).

“Determination of Auger Sensitivity Factors for Al-Rich Quasicrystals,”C.J. Jenks, T.E. Bloomer, M.J. Kramer, T.A. Lograsso, D.W. Delaney, A.R. Ross, D.J.           Sordelet, M.F. Besser, and P.A. Thiel, Appl. Surf. Sci., 180, 57-64 (2001).