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Xiao Tong

Staff Scientist | Interface Science and Catalysis


  • Surface science and model catalysis
  • Fabrication, manipulation, and self-assembly of surface nanostructures
  • Atomic-scale characterization of geometric and electronic structures of surfaces and nanostructures.

CFN Research Activities

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.


  • PhD: University of Tokyo
    • Department of Physics, School of Science
    • Dissertation: Atomic / Electronic Structures and Surface-State Electrical Conduction of Si(111)-root21xroot21-Ag, Au, Cu Surfaces

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Specialist, University of California, Santa Barbara<, USA
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, NRC, Canada
  • Special Researcher of Basic Science Program , The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) , Japan

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

“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)