Kevin Smith


Professor (Physics, MSE)

Professor (Physics, MSE)

  • Primary Appointment Physics
  • Education Ph.D. (Applied Physics), M.Phil. (Applied Physics), and M.S. (Applied Physics), Yale University, New Haven, CT. B.A. Moderatorship, First Class. (Experimental Physics), University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Additional Affiliations Materials Science and Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Fellow, American Physical Society.
    Fellow, American Vacuum Society.
    Massachusetts Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Washington DC, 2001.
    Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, U.K.
    Honorary Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Boston University
    Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University.
    National Science Foundation CAREER Award,
    Henry Prentiss Becton Prize, Yale University.
    Student Prize, American Vacuum Society.
    Gold Medal (Natural Sciences), Trinity College Dublin.
    Hackett Prize, Trinity College Dublin.
    Fitzgerald Medal and Prize, Trinity College Dublin
  • Areas of Interest Electronic structure of materials.
  • Research Areas Synchrotron-radiation based x-ray spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of materials. Systems of fundamental scientific and technological interest are investigated, with definitive measurements made of their surface, bulk, interface, and nano-scale electronic properties. Among the spectroscopies used are angle resolved photoemission, soft x-ray emission, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, and x-ray absorption. See the “Novel Materials Laboratory site”: for more information.



  • 12/01/10 Soft x-ray spectroscopic study of the ferromagnetic insulator V{_0.82}Cr{_0.18}O{_2}
  • 06/22/10 Direct evidence of metallicity at ZnO (0001bar)-(1×1) surfaces from angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
  • 02/10/10 Electronic structure of N,N’-ethylene-bis(1,1,1-trifluoropentane-2,4-dioneiminato)-copper(II) (Cu-TFAC), from soft X-ray spectroscopies and density functional theory calculations
  • 01/19/10 Electronic band structure information of GdN extracted from x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy
  • 01/11/10 Electronic structure of C60/Phthalocyanine/ITO interfaces studied using soft x-ray spectroscopies
  • 01/06/10 Soft x-ray spectroscopy study of the element and orbital contributions to the electronic structure of copper hexadecafluoro-phthalocyanine
  • 12/30/09 Comparative study of bandwidths in copper delafossites from x-ray emission spectroscopy
  • 02/05/09 X-ray spectroscopic study of the electronic structure of CuCrO2
  • 01/12/09 Electronic Structure of In2O3 from Resonant X-ray Emission Spectroscopy
  • 10/14/08 Band structure of ZnO from resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy
  • 09/24/08 Observation of quantized subband states and evidence for surface electron accumulation in CdO from angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
  • 04/25/08 Nature of the Band Gap of In2O3 Revealed by First-Principles Calculations and X-Ray Spectroscopy

Affiliation: Primary Faculty (MSE)