Greg Ferguson

Chair
Professor
(610) 758-3462
Seeley G. Mudd, Room 693
Research Interests: 
Surface chemistry
Nanomaterials chemistry
Metals and metal oxides
Polymer interfaces
Teaching Interests: 
Inorganic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Foundational (General) Chemistry

Research in the Ferguson group focuses on the surface and nanomaterials chemistry of metals, semiconductors and organic polymers, and spans several of the sub-disciplines of the field.  Professor Ferguson's philosophy in guiding undergraduate and graduate students is that although teaching can accomplish concrete goals --measurable with test scores and course evaluations-- there are also values of another sort, less quantifiable but no less important, such as the importance to science of its students retaining and nurturing their natural curiosity.

Selected Recent Publications:

“Byproduct‐Free Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of 1, 2‐Diaminosiloxane Monolayers on Silicon/Silicon Dioxide”, K. Khadka, G. K. Carpenter IV, G. S. Ferguson, ChemistrySelect 2019, 4, 11801-10807.

“Interfacial Redox Properties of Gold/Gold Oxide in the Presence and Absence of Applied Potential,” R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 166, H47-H53; DOI: 10.1149/2.0931902jes.

“Tetrafluoroborate and Hexafluorophosphate Ions are not Interchangeable: A Density Functional Theory Comparison of Hydrogen Bonding,” R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, ChemistrySelect  2017, 2, 10895-10901.

“Confirmation of Cathodic Silence in an Anodic Oxide on Gold,” R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, J. Electrochem. Soc.  2017, 164, H635-H638.

"Byproduct-Free Route to Aminosiloxane Monolayers on Silicon/Silicon Dioxide," K. Khadka and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2017, 33(7), 1639-1645. 

"Development of Cathodic Silence in an Oxide Film on a Gold Electrode”, R.G.P. Giron and G.S. Ferguson, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 180, 560–563.

“Electrokinetics of Polar Liquids in Contact with Nonpolar Surfaces”, C.-H. Lin, G. S. Ferguson, and M.K. Chaudhury, Langmuir, 2013, doi: 10.1021/la4008813.

“Spatially Selective Formation of Hydrocarbon, Fluorocarbon, and Hydroxyl-Terminated Monolayers on a Microelectrode Array”, Kevin M. Cook, Daniel A. Nissley, and Gregory S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2013, 29, 6779–6783.

“Relative Lability of Gold-Oxide Thin Films in Contact with Air, Solvents, or Electrolyte Solutions,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson, J. Vac. Sci. & Technol. A 2013, 31, 021508; doi: 10.1116/1.4791687.

“Gold Oxide as a Protecting Group for Regioselective Surface Chemistry,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 12550-12552.

“Determination of the Wavelength-Dependent Refractive Index of a Gold-Oxide Thin Film,” K.M. Cook and G.S. Ferguson,  J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 22976–22980.

“The Mechanism of Spontaneous Formation of Monolayers on Gold from Alkyl Thiosulfates,” R.J. Fealy, S.R. Ackerman, and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 5371–5376.

“A Direct Route to Well-Defined, Chemically Diverse Electrode Arrays,” J.P. Labukas and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 3219-3223.

“Electrochemically Directed Two-Component Monolayers on Gold,” J.P. Labukas and G.S. Ferguson, J. Mater. Res., 2011, 26, 262-267.

“Compatibility of ω-Functionality in the Electrochemically Directed Self-Assembly of Monolayers on Gold from Alkyl Thiosulfates,” J.P.Labukas, T.J.H. Drake, and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir,  2010, 26, 9497-9505.

“An Alternative Method for Fabricating Microcontact Printing Stamps,” G. Jing, J.P. Labukas, W.-Y. Zhang, S.F. Perry, S.-F. Lu, G.S. Ferguson, and S. Tatic-Lucic Microelectronic Engineering, 2009, 86,  2334–2341.

“Does Water Swell the Ordered Domains in Polyelectrolyte/Clay Multilayers?” J.H. Rouse and G.S. Ferguson, Clays and Clay Minerals, 2007, 55, 160-164.

“Novel Room-Temperature First-Level Packaging Process for Microscale Devices,” W.-Y. Zhang, J.P. Labukas , S. Tatic-Lucic, L. Larson, T. Bannuru, R.P. Vinci, and G.S. Ferguson, Sensors and Actuators A (Physical), 2005, 123-124, 646-465.

"A Method for Imaging Single Clay Platelets by Scanning Electron Microscopy," J. H. Rouse, S. T. White, and G.S. Ferguson, SCANNING, 2004, 26, 131-134.

"Temperature-Actuated Changes in Wettability at Elastomer/Water Interfaces," S. Khongtong and G.S. Ferguson, Langmuir, 2004, 20,  9992-10000.