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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Killelea, Daniel

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: FH-103

Phone: 773.508.3136

E-mail: dkillelea@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://www.killelea-lab-loyola.com/


Research Interests

The Killelea research group studies the dynamics of chemical reactions on surfaces.  The primary thrust of our research is to use Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) to follow the movement of individual atoms and molecules and to selectively drive reactions towards desired products.  In particular, we are interested in the activity and dynamics of subsurface atomic species in transition metals.  These species play key roles in many important heterogeneously catalyzed reactions; our research explores how to harness their unique activity to develop new synthetic strategies.  We are also interested in the surface structure and bulk morphology of molecular solids and how their structures impact their ability to accommodate volatile species.


Selected Publications

K.D. Gibson, D.R. Killelea, Hanqiu Yuan, J.S. Becker, and S.J. Sibener, “Determination of the Sticking Coefficient and Scattering Dynamics of Water on Ice using Molecular Beam Techniques”, J. Chem. Phys. 2011, 134, 034703

J.S. Becker, R.D. Brown, D.R. Killelea, Hanqiu Yuan, and S.J. Sibener, “Comparative Surface Dynamics of Amorphous and Semicrystalline Polymer Films”, PNAS 2011, 108, 977-982

Hanqiu Yuan, D.R. Killelea, S. Tepavcevic, S. Kebler, and S.J. Sibener, “Interfacial Chemistry of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Arising from Exposure to Vacuum-ultraviolet Light and Atomic Oxygen”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010

D.R. Killelea, V.L. Campbell, N.S. Shuman, R.R. Smith, and A.L. Utz, “Surface Temperature Dependence of Methane Activation on Ni(111)”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 20618-20622

K.D. Gibson, D.R. Killelea, and S.J. Sibener, “Sputtering of Ordered Ice Ih Adsorbed on Rh(111) Using Hyperthermal Neutral Ar Atoms”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 13325-13330

L. B. F. Juurlink, D.R. Killelea, and A. L. Utz, “State-Resolved Probes of Methane Dissociation Dynamics”, Progress in Surface Science 2009, 84, 69-134

D.R. Killelea, V.L. Campbell, N.S. Shuman, and A.L. Utz, “Isotope-Selective Chemical Vapor Deposition via Vibrational Activation”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 9822-9827

D.R. Killelea, V.L. Campbell, N.S. Shuman, and A.L. Utz.  “Bond-Selective Control of a Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction”, Science 2008, 319, 790-793


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3100 · Fax: 773.508.3086

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