Laurence D. Marks

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Laurence D. Marks
Born (1954-07-04) July 4, 1954 (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forMarks decahedron
Surface science
Electron microscopy
AwardsB. Warren Award, 2015
Burton Medal, 1989
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials Science and Engineering
InstitutionsNorthwestern University

Laurence (Laurie) Marks (born 1954) is an American professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University (1985–present). He is known for contributions to the study of nanoparticles as well as work in the fields of electron microscopy, diffraction and crystallography. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He was awarded the Warren Award by the American Crystallographic Association in 2015 for his contributions to electron diffraction, and the 2017 ICSOS Surface Structure Prize[1] for his contribution to surface structure determination applying both experimental and theoretical methods.

Early life and education[edit]

Marks attended the Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon. As a teenager Marks played chess competitively and went on to win the British Chess Championship Under 21 in 1973.[2]

In 1973 Marks was awarded a scholarship to King's College at University of Cambridge. He graduated in 1976 with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1976. From 1976 to 1980 he was a research student at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge.[3] There he worked with Archibald Howie on electron microscopy and the structure of metal crystals.[4] He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge in 1980. His thesis topic was The structure of small silver particles.[3]

From 1980 to 1983 Marks was a post-doctoral fellow in Archibald Howie's group at the Cavendish. In 1983 he move to the United States and was a post-doctoral fellow in John M. Cowley's group at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.


In March 1985 Marks joined the faculty of Northwestern University as an assistant professor in their department of Department of Materials Science & Engineering. In June 1992 he was promoted to a full professor.[3]

In 2001 Marks was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his "contributions to quantitative imaging and diffraction methods for determining the atomic structure of surfaces and bulk materials."[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Marks, L.D. and A. Howie, Multiply-twinned particles in silver catalysts. Nature, 1979. 282: p. 196-198 doi:10.1038/282196a0
  • Marks, L.D., Direct Imaging of Carbon-Covered and Clean Gold (110) Surfaces. Physical Review Letters, 1983. 51: p. 1000-1002. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.51.1000
  • Marks, L.D. and D.J. Smith, Direct surface imaging in small metal particles. Nature, 1983. 303: p. 316-317. doi:10.1038/303316a0
  • Marks, L.D., Surface-structure and energetics of multiply twinned particles. Philosophical Magazine A, 1984. 49(1): p. 81-93.doi:10.1080/01418618408233431
  • Ajayan, P.M. and L.D. Marks, Evidence for Sinking of Small Particles into Substrates and Implications for Heterogeneous Catalysis. Nature, 1989. 338: p. 139-141. doi:10.1038/338139a0
  • Ajayan, P.M. and L.D. Marks, Experimental evidence for quasi-melting in small particles. Physical Review Letters, 1989. 63(3): p. 279-282.doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.63.279
  • Marks, L.D., Rigor, and plan-view simulation of surfaces. Ultramicroscopy, 1991. 38: p. 325-332.doi:10.1016/0304-3991(91)90166-4
  • P. Xu, D.D., J. P. Zhang, L. D. Marks, Atomic imaging of surfaces in plan view. Surface Science Letters, 1993. 285: p. 479-485. doi:10.1016/0167-2584(93)90337-i
  • Marks, L.D., Experimental studies of small particle structures. Reports on Progress in Physics, 1994. 57(6): p. 603-649. doi:10.1088/0034-4885/57/6/002
  • Bengu, E., et al., Imaging the Dimers in Si(111)-(7 x 7). Physical Review Letters, 1996. 77: p. 4226-4228. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.77.4226
  • Marks, L.D., et al., Direct methods for surfaces. Surface Review and Letters, 1998. 5: p. 1087-1106. doi:10.1142/s0218625x98001444
  • Marks, L.D. and E. Landree, A Minimum-Entropy Algorithm for Surface Phasing Problems. Acta Crystallographica Section A, 1998. 54: p. 296-305. doi:10.1107/S0108767397016917
  • Erdman, N., et al., The structure and chemistry of the TiO2-rich surface of SrTiO3 (001). Nature, 2002. 419: p. 55-8. doi:10.1038/nature01010
  • Enterkin, J.A., et al., A homologous series of structures on the surface of SrTiO3(110). Nature Materials, 2010. 9(3): p. 245-8. doi:10.1038/nmat2636
  • Enterkin, J.A., K.R. Poeppelmeier, and L.D. Marks, Oriented catalytic platinum nanoparticles on high surface area strontium titanate nanocuboids. Nano Letters, 2011. 11(3): p. 993-7.doi:10.1021/nl104263j
  • Kienzle, D.M., a.E. Becerra-Toledo, and L.D. Marks, Vacant-Site Octahedral Tilings on SrTiO3 (001), the (√13x√13)R33.7° Surface, and Related Structures. Physical Review Letters, 2011. 106: p. 176102. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.176102
  • Liao, Y., et al., Graphitic tribological layers in metal-on-metal hip replacements. Science, 2011. 334(6063): p. 1687-90.doi:10.1126/science.1213902
  • Ringe, E., R.P. Van Duyne, and L.D. Marks, Wulff construction for alloy nanoparticles. Nano Letters, 2011. 11(8): p. 3399-403. doi:10.1021/nl2018146
  • Lin, Y., et al., Synthesis-dependent atomic surface structures of oxide nanoparticles. Physical Review Letters, 2013. 111: p. 1-5. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.156101
  • Marks, L.D., Fixed-Point Optimization of Atoms and Density in DFT. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2013. 9(6): p. 2786-2800. doi:10.1021/ct4001685
  • Ringe, E., R.P. Van Duyne, and L.D. Marks, Kinetic and Thermodynamic Modified Wulff Constructions for Twinned Nanoparticles. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013. 117(31): p. 15859-15870. doi:10.1021/jp401566m
  • Ciston, J., et al., Surface determination through atomically resolved secondary-electron imaging. Nature Communications, 2015. 6: p. 7358. doi:10.1038/ncomms8358

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ICSOS Prize winners".
  2. ^ "British Champions 1904 – present". The English Chess Federation. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Curriculum vitae — Laurence Daniel Marks" (PDF). Northwestern University.
  4. ^ Marks, L. D.; Howie, A. (1979). "Multiply-twinned particles in silver catalysts" (PDF). Nature. 282 (5735): 196–198. Bibcode:1979Natur.282..196M. doi:10.1038/282196a0.
  5. ^ "APS Fellow Archive (M)". American Physical Society. Retrieved 15 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Awards & Scholarships - Society Awards". Microscopy Society of America. Retrieved 15 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "2015 Award Winners". American Crystallographic Association. Retrieved 15 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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