Xiao Tong has been conducting research in the fields of surface science, nanoscience and model catalysis mainly utilizing UHV- Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Photoelectron Spectroscopy. His research has focused on nano-scale fabrication, manipulation, and self-assembly of surface nanostructures, and atomic-scale characterization of geometric and electronic structures of surfaces and nanostructures, as well as nanostructure-property relationships, such as catalysis by supported nanoclusters and electron transport in surface superstructures.
“Intact Size-Selected Aun Clusters on TiO2(110)-(1x1) Surface at Room Temperature” Xiao Tong, Lauren B. Benz, Paul Kemper, Horia Metiu, Michael T. Bowers and Steven K. Buratto, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 127, Iss.39 (2005) 13516-13518
“Scanning tunneling microscopy characterization of low-profile crystalline TiSi2 microelectrodes on a Si(111) Surface” Xiao Tong and Robert A. Wolkow, Applied Physics Letters, 86, 203101 (2005)
“A self-directed multi-molecular growth process for creating molecular assemblies on the H-terminated Si(100) –3x1surface” Xiao Tong, Gino DiLabio and Robert A. Wolkow, Nano Letters, Vol. 4, No.5, 979-983(2004)
“Ring-Opening Radical Clock Reactions for Hybrid Organic – Silicon Surface Nanostructures: A New Self – Directed growth Mechanism and Kinetic Insight” Xiao Tong, Gino A. DiLabio, Owen J. Clarkin, and Robert A. Wolkow Nano Letters, Vol.4, No.2, 357-360(2004)
“Electronic Structure of the Si(111)-Ö21xÖ21-(Ag+Au) Surface”, Xiao Tong, Chun Sheng Jiang, and Shuji Hasegawa, Physical Review B 57, 9015(1998)