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Ashley Head

Staff Scientist | Interface Science and Catalysis


  • Surface and Interface Science
  • X-ray and UV Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • In situ and operando Spectroscopy
  • Organometallic Chemistry

CFN Research Activities

My current research interests involve the combination of organometallic chemistry and surface science in the study of reactions on surfaces. I am interested in elucidating reaction mechanisms in material depositions, such as atomic layer deposition. Additionally, I study catalytic mechanisms on surfaces and porous materials using in situ and operando spectroscopies (ambient pressure XPS and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy).


  • B.S.: James Madison University
  • Major: Chemistry; Minor: Mathematics
  • PhD: University of Arizona

    Dissertation Title: Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Computational Studies of Molecules with Delocalized Electronic Structure and Extended Electronic Structure Interactions

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Chemistry Sciences Division
    • Project: Adsorption and Decomposition of a Nerve Agent Simulant on Metal Oxides
  • Postdoctoral Research: Lund University, Sweden
    • Project: In situ Studies of Atomic Layer Deposition Mechanisms of Metal Oxides
    • Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Physics Department

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

  • A. Head, O. Karslioglu, T. Gerber, Y. Yu, L. Trotochaud, J. Raso, P. Kerger, H. Bluhm, CO Adsorption on Pd(100) Studied by Multimodal Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron and Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopies, Surf. Sci. 665, 51, 2017.
  • L. Trotochaud, A. R. Head, O. Karslioglu, L. Kyhl, H. Bluhm, Ambient Pressure Photoelectron spectroscopy: Practical Considerations and Experimental Frontiers, J. Phys. Condens. Mater. Rev., 29, 053002, 2017.
  • A. R. Head, R. Tsyshevsky, L. Trotochaud, Y. Yu, O. Karslioglu, M. M. Kuklja, H. Bluhm, H. Adsorption of Dimethyl Methylphosphonate on MoO3: The Role of Oxygen Vacancies, J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 29077, 2016.
  • A. R. Head,  R. Tsyshevsky, L. Trotochaud,  B. Eichhorn, M. M. Kuklja, H. Bluhm, Electron Spectroscopy and Computational Studies of Dimethyl Methylphosphonate, J. Phys. Chem. A, 120, 1985, 2016.
  • A. R. Head, H. Bluhm, Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. In Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering; Reedijk, J., Ed.; Elsevier: Waltham, MA, 2016.
  • A. R. Head, S. Chaudhary, G. Olivieri, F. Bournel, J. N. Andersen, F. Rochet, J. J. Gallet, J. Schnadt, Near Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of the Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on RuO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 243, 2016.