Pat Thiel, Chemistry, (515) 294-6342
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- Patricia Thiel, professor and chair of chemistry at Iowa State University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an organization of more than 40,000 physicists worldwide.

Thiel was elected an APS Fellow for her "pioneering work on the surface structures, stabilities and other properties of metal films and quasicrystals, and the elucidation of surface structure and chemistry of water on films," the APS said.

Thiel's work has led to a greater understanding of exactly how chemical and physical processes occur at solid surfaces, on an atom-by-atom basis. The work with metal films has enhanced scientists' abilities to control the roughness of thin films, and to predict the lifetime of atomic-scale devices, such as wires.

Thiel and two other ISU faculty -- Alan Goldman, professor and chair of physics and astronomy, and Vladimir Kogan, a scientist in the Ames Laboratory -- are among 208 new Fellows selected by the APS. Fellows are chosen based on the advances they made in research and publication or their contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.

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