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Petra Reinke

Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
Wilsdorf Hall 126
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S. Chemistry, University of Konstanz (Germany), 1989
M.S. Chemistry, University of Konstanz (Germany), 1989
Ph.D. Physics, Technical University Munich/ Max-Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics (Germany), 1992
​Post-doctoral fellow, Ecole Polytechnique - University of Montréal (Canada), Department of Engineering Physics, research group Prof. L. Martinu (Aug. 1992 – March 1994)

Petra Reinke received her first degree, a diploma (M.S.) from the University of Konstanz in Germany, in Chemistry. She focussed already during this time on physical chemistry and her thesis was on the study of hydrogen bonding in solids. Her interest in physics lead her to the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasmaphysics in Munich and the study of low-pressure plasmsa which are used in the growth of amorhpous hydrogenated carbon this films for her PhD thesis work. From here it was only a small step to investigate the growth of diamond films and ion-matter interactions in materials like BN, diamond, silicon and other semiconductors. After a Postdoc at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada, her focus shifted to the reactions at surfaces and interfaces, which are also a versatile canvas for the synthesis of nanomaterials. She was pursued these interests at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and received the venia legendi (Habilitation) in 2000. After a short stay at the University of Goettingen, Germany, as a research group leader she jumped at the opportunity to move to UVa and build a surface science research group at the the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Nanoscale Mechanisms in Alloy Oxidation: Binary and Ternary Ni-Based Alloys
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
June 01, 2020 – May 31, 2023
EN-MSE Predicting & Controlling the Role(s) of Minor Elements in the Passivation of Fe-Ni-Cr-X & Ni-Cr-X Based Systems
Source: Northwestern University
May 16, 2014 – January 31, 2022
EN-MSE Nanosphere Synthesis and the Impact of Curvature on Molecule Adsorption
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 01, 2015 – July 31, 2020
EN-MSE-Acquistition of an X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for In-situ Experiments to Advance Corrosion Studies, Surface and Interface Engineering
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
August 01, 2016 – July 14, 2018
Investigation of the Oxidation of Stoichiometric & Carbon-Rich Tungsten Carbide Surfaces
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 01, 2010 – July 31, 2015
Manganese-Doping During Germanium Quantum Dot Self-Assembly for Spintronics Applications
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
July 01, 2009 – June 30, 2013
MSE 4055: Nanoscale Science & Technology
Credits: 3
Covers the basic phenomena exhibited by material structures at the scale of one hundred nanometers of less, and the applications to technology. The goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental physical principles which can be used to analyze nanoscale phenomena, the assembly of nanostructures, and their characterization. Different properties: electrical, mechanical, optical, etc. will be discussed in detail on the basis of quantum mechanics and the atomistic description of solids. The description will include the behavior of clusters, nanoparticles, graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoporous material, and examples from the natural world (DNA, membranes, cells, mineral nanostructures). Different methods of fabrication of nanostructures will be covered, from self-assembly to direct writing with electron beams. The characterization of the microstructures by different methods will be described and compared. The course will give a broad view of current and potential applications, with consideration of economic an societal aspects of the technology. Prerequisite: Exposure to Quantum Mechanics (MSE 3670, PHYS 2320, PHYS 2620, or CHEM 3610) or instructor permission.
MSE 4960: Special Project in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1–6
A fourth year project in MSE, under the supervision of a faculty member, is designed to give undergraduate students an application of principles learned in the classroom. The work may be experimental or computational, and the student is expected to become proficient in techniques used to process, characterize, or model materials. The project should make use of design principles in the solution of a problem. Six hours in lab per week, notebook. Prerequisite: 4th year standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor.
MSE 6010: Electronic and Crystal Structure of Materials
Credits: 3
Provides a fundamental understanding of the structure of crystalline and non-crystalline engineering materials from electronic to macroscopic properties. Topics include symmetry and crystallography, the reciprocal lattice and diffraction, quantum physics, bonding and band theory. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MSE 6167: Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials
Credits: 3
Explore the fundamental physical laws governing electrons in solids, and show how that knowledge can be applied to understanding electronic, optical and magnetic properties. Students will gain an understanding of how these properties vary between different types of materials, and thus why specific materials are optimal for important technological applications. Cross-listed as ECE 6167. Prerequisite: Some background in solid state materials and elementary quantum principles.
ECE 6502: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 1–3
A first-level graduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the graduate course offerings. The topic will usually reflect new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite:  Instructor permission.
MSE 7140: Physics of Materials
Credits: 3
Basic course dealing with the physical principles governing the thermal, electronic, optical and magnetic properties of engineering materials. The approach integrates the fundamentals of materials science with essential concepts in solid state and condensed matter physics. Special attention is given to understanding the nature of the crystalline state and wave-particle diffraction with a strong emphasis on the reciprocal lattice concept. Thermal properties are approached by discussing the Einstein and Debye solids and the concept of lattice waves and phonons. The elements of Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics are reviewed leading to the development of an electron theory of solids. The concepts of Fermi surface and Fermi energy, Brillouin zones, valence and conduction bands are discussed extensively. The atomic origin of magnetism and magnetic effects in solids are analyzed as well as magnetic hysteresis and technical magnetic properties. The fundamental electrical and magnetic properties of superconductors are discussed including the new high Tc ceramic materials. Prerequisite: MSE 6140 or equivalent or instructor permission.
MSE 7220: Surface Science
Credits: 3
Analyzes the structure and thermodynamics of surfaces, with particular emphasis on the factors controlling chemical reactivity of surfaces; adsorption, catalysis, oxidation, and corrosion are considered from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. Modern surface analytical techniques, such as Auger, ESCA, and SIMS are considered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MSE 7592: Advanced Topics in Materials Science
Credits: 1–3
An advanced level study of special topics related to developments in materials science. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MSE 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
EP 8970: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 8999: Master's Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 9970: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.