Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Former Graduate Student, Dr. John Weymouth, wins research prize

Dr. Alfred John Weymouth was honored with the 2015 Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award. Since 2010, the prize has been given by the Surface Science division of the German Physicists Society to outstanding young researchers. The prize is named after Prof. Gerhard Ertl, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2007 for his work on chemical processes on solid surfaces. Weymouth completed a Masters in Engineering at Queen's University with Prof. David J. Thomson in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He then earned his doctorate in 2009 at Queen's in Physics with Prof. Alastair B. McLean, where he built a scanning tunneling microscope to study molecules on silicon surfaces. Since 2009, Weymouth has been a member of Prof. Franz J. Giessibl's research group at the University of Regensburg in Germany, where he investigates physical processes at the atomic scale and works on the development of new microscopy techniques in the field of atomic force microscopy.

Link to news item at the Journal of Surface Science:
http://www.journals.elsevier.com/surface-science-including-surface-science-letters/awards/winner-of-the-gerhard-ertl-young-investigator-award-2015-for/