Benjamin Zion, Ph.D.
Research & Accomplishments
Doctoral studies at the University of Chicago focused on reactions at surfaces, specifically oxidation and reactions on oxide surfaces. The principle technique employed was high resolution electron energy loss spectrometry (HREELS) to monitor in-situ development of surface vibrational features as qualitative and quantitative measures of reaction.
Post graduate studies at Penn State University also focused on surface interactions. Second neutral emissions were conducted to monitor surface ablation products from primary ion impact. These studies were designed to bridge the gap in understanding between molecular dynamic (MD) simulations and time-of-flight, secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS). MD gives results that cannot distinguish between ionic and neutral species whereas TOF-SIMS can only monitor ablated ionic species.
Between academic research postings, I worked for two years in industrial product development at EInk Corp. in Cambridge, MA. I developed waveforms for driving the novel display technology of micro-encapsulated nanoparticles for grayscale rendering. This technology and these waveforms can be seen in products like Amazon's black-and-white Kindle eReader.
US Patent 7,733,311, Methods for driving bistable electro-optic displays, and apparatus for use therein, June 8, 2010, K. R. Amundson, R. W. Zehner, A. N. Knaian, B. D. Zion
US Patent 7,528,822, Methods for driving electro-optic displays, May 5, 2009, K.R. Amundson, R.W. Zehner, A.N. Knaian, B.D. Zion
US Patent 7,119,772, Methods for driving bistable electro-optic displays, and apparatus for use therein, October 10, 2006, K. R. Amundson, R. W. Zehner, A. N. Knaian, B. D. Zion
US Patent Application 20070103427, Display apparatus with a display device and a cyclic rail-stabilized method of driving the display device, May 10, 2007, G. Zhou, A. N. Knaian, K. R. Amundson, A. V. Henzen, J. P. Van De Kamer, R. W. Zehner, B. D. Zion, N. Ailenei
UV-Photodesorption of Novel Molecular Beam Induced NO Layers on NiO(111)/Ni(111), B.D. Zion and S.J. Sibener, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112 (2008) 5961-5965
Molecular beam induced changes in adsorption behavior of NO on NiO(111)/Ni(111), B.D. Zion and S.J. Sibener, Journal of Chemical Physics 127 (2007) 154720/1-6
Enhanced oxidation rate of Ni(111) by atomic oxygen, J.A. Slezak, B.D. Zion and S.J. Sibener, Surface Science 442 (1999) L983-L988
Kinetic energy effects on the oxidation of Ni(111) using O2 molecular beams, B.D. Zion, A.T. Hanbicki, and S.J. Sibener, Surface Science 417 (1998) L1154-L1