The Sibener Group has active research activities in surface/materials chemistry and physics with focus on interfacial reaction dynamics, gas-surface interactions, nanoscience, electronic interfaces, polymeric thin films, water and ice chemistry, materials chemistry in the space environment, and superconducting RF materials, with particular expertise in molecular beam scattering and scanning probe microscopy.
Steven J. Sibener, the Carl William Eisendrath Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry and The James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago, and Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering Water Research Initiative, has made seminal contributions to a wide variety of forefront areas of modern chemistry encompassing chemical physics, surface and materials chemistry, catalytic reaction kinetics, polymeric systems, and nanoscience. His contributions have focused on elucidating the atomic-level dynamical properties of interfaces, as well as the chemical processes and transformations that occur on such interfaces. Molecular beam scattering, scanning probe microscopy imaging, numerical simulations and theory all play prominent roles in his research. He is especially proud of the accomplishments achieved by the many outstanding postdoctoral fellows, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students who have participated in his research program.