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Gareth S. Parkinson - Associate Professor - Surface Physics Group

Contact Information

  • Institut für Angewandte Physik, Technische Universität Wien
    Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10/134, 1040 Wien, Austria
  • Phone: (+43 1) 58801 - 13473
  • email: [email address: lastname @ this server · enable javascript to see it]

Research Interests

My research group utilizes a comprehensive surface science approach to study the physics and chemistry of metal oxide surfaces, and sub-nano metal particles supported on metal oxide surfaces. Recently, we have focused on iron oxide surfaces, in particular the (001) of Magnetite (Fe3O4) and the (012) surface of Hematite (Fe2O3). Going forward, we aim to combine our successful STM and nc-AFM work with data from our new state-of-the-art “Machine for Reactivity Studies” (The Mrs.), see below.

My group at the TU Wien. From left to right: Florian Kraushofer (PhD student), Jan Hulva (PhD student), Me, Matthias Meier (Postdoc) Jiri Pavelec (PhD student), Zdenek Jakub (PhD student)


Download CV: gareth_s_parkinson_website_cv.pdf Parkinson Group

  • Assistant Professor, TU Wien, 2015-2017
  • Universitätsassisstent, TU Wien, 2010-2015
  • Postdoc at Tulane University, USA, 2009-2010 (Supervisor: Prof. U. Diebold)
  • Postdoc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2007-2009 (Supervisor: Prof. B.D. Kay)
  • PhD in Physics from Warwick University, 2007 (Supervisor: Prof. D.P. Woodruff)


Kardinal Innitzer Prize 2017

November 2017 - I was honored to receive the Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreise from Kardinal Schönborn at the Archdiocese in Vienna. A really great day out for me and my family.

Elected to AVS Surface Science Division Executive Committee

Thanks to all who voted for me!

Also, congratulations to my friend and former boss Zdenek Dohnalek, who was made an AVS fellow :-) Kardinal Innitzer Prize Award Ceremony

Tenure at TU Wien

July 2017 - Officially granted tenure at the TU Wien. Really happy to finally make my stay in Vienna permanent. The Surface Science Group here is a fantastic place to be at the moment. Great people, great science!

Habilitation / Surface Science Report

My review of Iron Oxide Surface Science, also my habilitation thesis, was recently published in Surface Science Reports. It can be downloaded from the following link:

Iron Oxide Surfaces Review

FWF START Prize 2015

In June 2015 I was awarded the FWF START prize, which grants me 1.2 million euros for my research for the next 6 years. The idea is to use the Fe3O4(001) surface as a platform to study the fundamental mechanisms of single atom catalysis. Better get on with it then!

Selected Recent Publications

Download publication list: gareth_s_parkinson_full_publication_list.pdf

In total I have published 53 peer reviewed papers. Some of my favorites from my time in Vienna are listed below:

Gareth S. Parkinson “Iron Oxide Surfaces”Surface Science Reports 71 (2016) 272, DOI: 10.1016/j.surfrep.2016.02.001

“Dual role of CO in the stability of sub-nano Pt clusters at the Fe3O4(001) surface”PNAS 113, (2016) 8921

“Subsurface cation vacancy stabilization of the magnetite (001) surface”Science 346, 1215 (2014)

“Cluster Nucleation and Growth from a Highly Supersaturated Adatom Phase: Silver on Magnetite” ACS Nano 8, 7531 (2014)

“Carbon monoxide-induced adatom sintering in a Pd–Fe3O4 model catalyst” Nature Materials 12, 724 (2013)

“Ordered Array of Single Adatoms with Remarkable Thermal Stability: Au/Fe3O4(001).” Physical Review Letters 108, 216103 (2012)

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