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Leite, Marina S.

Leite, Marina S.
Assistant Professor
2123 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
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301-405-0231

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Education 

Ph.D., Physics Institute, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 2008

Research Interests 

Solid-state physics, electronic devices, nanoscale resolution measurements, photovoltaics, energy storage, scanning probe microscopy, nanostructured materials, plasmonics, metamaterials, thermodynamics at the nanoscale, nanofabrication.

Teaching 

Professor Leite teaches or has taught the following courses:

  • ENMA 301: Materials for emerging technologies 
  • ENMA 310: Materials Lab I: Structural Characterization
  • ENMA 312: Experimental Methods in Materials Science
  • ENMA 412/612: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 688: Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering

Honors and Awards 

  •  APS Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship  ($ 15,000), 2016/2017
  • UMD Research and Scholarship Award  (RASA), November 2015
  • ​Maryland Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award, November 2014
  • Honor Award for 2007-2009 Ph.D. Theses in Physics. Brazilian Physical Society, July 2010
  • IUPAP Young Author Best Paper Award on the 28th ICPS, Vienna, July 2008
  • Young Investigator Award of the Summer School on Modern Concepts for Creating and Analyzing Surfaces and Nanoscale Materials, Girona, Spain, May 2008

Professional Memberships 

  • Materials Research Society, 2004–present
  • American Physical Society, 2008–present
  • IEEE Association, 2009–present
  • SPIE 2009–present

Selected Publications 

E. M. Tennyson*, J. A. Frantz, J. D. Myers, R. Y. Bekele, S.-M. Na, M.S. Leite. Photovoltage Tomography in Polycrystalline Solar Cells. ACS Energy Letters 1, 899 (2016).

C. Gong*, M. R. Dias*, G. Wessler*, J. Taillon, L. Salamanca-Riba, M.S. Leite. Near-Field Optical Properties of Fully Alloyed Noble Metal Nanoparticles. Adv. Optical Materials  (2016) DOI: 10.1002/adom.201600568.

C. Gong*, M.S. Leite. Noble Metal Alloys for Plasmonics. ACS Photonics 3, 507 (2016). Cover story.

A. Yulaev*, G. Cheng, A. R. H. Walker, I. V. Vlassiouk, A. Myers, M. S. Leite, and A. Kolmakov. Toward Clean Suspended CVD Graphene. RCS Advances 6, 83954 (2016).

D. Ha, C. Gong*, M.S. Leite, J. N. Munday. Dielectric Micro-Resonator Arrays for Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings . ACS Appl. Materials and Interfaces 8, 24536 (2016).

E. M. Tennyson*, J. L. Garrett, C. Gong, J. A. Frantz, J. D. Myers, R. Y. Bekele, J. S. Sanghera, J. N. Munday, M.S. Leite. Nanoimaging of Open-Circuit Voltage in Photovoltaic Devices. Adv. Energy Materials 5, 1501142 (2015). Cover story.

C. Gong*, D. Ruzmetov, A. Pearse, D. Ma, J. N. Munday, G. Rubloff, A. A. Talin, and M.S. Leite. Surface/Interface Effects on High-Performance Thin-Film All-Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries . ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 7, 26007 (2015). Cove story.

E. M. Tennyson*, M. S. Leite. Mapping the performance of solar cells with nanoscale resolution . SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.1201509.006097 (2015).

M.S. Leite, M. Abashin, H. J. Lezec, A. Gianfrancesco*, A. A. Talin, and N. B. Zhitenev. Nanoscale Imaging of Photocurrent and Efficiency in CdTe Solar Cells . ACS Nano 8, 11883 (2014).

M.S. Leite, D. Ruzmetov, Z. Li, L. Bendersky, A. Kolmakov, N. Bartelt, and A. Alec Talin. Insights From In-Situ Electron Microscopy into Capacity Loss Mechanisms in Li-Ion Batteries with Al Anodes . J. Materials Chem. A 2, 20552 (2014). Cover story.

M.S. Leite, M. Abashin, H. Lezec, A. Gianfrancesco, A. Talin, and N. Zhitenev. Mapping the Local Photo-Electronic Properties of Polycrystalline Solar Cells through Laser-Beam-Induced Current Microscopy. IEEE J. of Photovoltaics 4, 311 (2014).

M. S. Leite, R. L. Woo, J. N. Munday, W. D. Hong, S. Mesropian, D. C. Law, and H. A. Atwater. Towards an all Lattice-Matched Triple-Junction Solar Cell with Efficiency >50%. Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 033901 (2013). Cover Story.

M. S. Leite, M. Abashin, H. J. Lezec, A. Gianfrancesco, A. A. Talin, and N. B. Zhitenev. Mapping the Local Photo-Electronic Properties of Polycrystalline Solar Cells through Laser-Beam-Induced Current Microscopy. Submitted.

M. S. Leite, D. Ruzmetov, Z. Li, L. Bendersky, and A. Alec Talin. Dynamics of Al anode degradation in solid- state thin film batteries. In preparation.

H. P. Yoon, P. M. Haney, D. Ruzmetov, H. Xu, M. S. Leite, B. H. Hamadani, A. A. Talin, and N. B. Zhitenev. Local Electrical Characterizations of Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Low Energy Electron Beam. In review.

M. S. Leite, T. I. Kamins, R. Stanley Williams, and G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. Intermixing During Ripening in Ge-Si Incoherent Epitaxial Nanocrystals. J. Phys. Chem. C. 116, 901 (2012).

M. S. Leite, E. C. Warmann, G. M. Kimball, Stanley P. Burgos, D. M. Callahan, and H. A. Atwater. Wafer-Scale Strain Engineering of Ultrathin Semiconductor Crystalline Layers. Adv. Materials 23, 3801 (2011).

M. S. Leite, R. L. Woo, W. D. Hong, D. C. Law, and H. A. Atwater. Wide Band Gap InAlAs Solar Cell for an Alternative Multijunction Approach. Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 093502 (2011) Cover Story.

L. A. Montoro, M. S. Leite, V. L. Pimentel, L. A. Montoro, A. J. Ramirez, and G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. Revealing Quantitative 3D Chemical Arrangement on Ge-Si Nanostructures. J. Phys. Chem. C. 113, 9018 (2009).

M. S. Leite, T. I. Kamins, and G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. Control of Si/Ge Intermixing During Ge Islands Growth. Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 053118 (2009).

G. A. Fiorentini, M. S. Leite, V. L. Pimentel, L. A. Montoro, A. J. Ramirez, and G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. Reactive Epitaxy of Metallic Hafnium Silicide Nanocrystals. Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 013107 (2008).

M. S. Leite, A. Malachias, S. W. Kycia, T. I. Kamins, R. Stanley Williams, G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. Evolution of Thermodynamic Potentials in Closed and Open Nanocrystalline Systems: Ge-Si:Si(001) Islands. Phys. Rev Lett. 100, 226101 (2008).

M. S. Leite, G. Medeiros-Ribeiro, T. I. Kamins, and R. Stanley Williams. Alloying Mechanisms for Epitaxial Nanocrystals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 165901 (2007).

M. S. Leite, J. L. Gray, R. Hull, J. A. Floro, R. Magalhães-Paniago, and G. Medeiros-Ribeiro. X-Ray Diffraction Mapping of Strain Fields and Chemical Composition of SiGe:Si(001) Quantum Dot Molecules. Phys. Rev. B. Rap. Comm. 73, 121308 (2006).

M. S. Leite, V. Rodrigues, and D. Zanchet. Structural Effects on Au and Ag Colloidal Nanoparticles. Progress in Colloids and Polymer Science, 128 131 (2004).

Selected Presentations 

M. S. Leite. Mapping perovskites electrical response with nanoscale spatial resolution. International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV). May 2017. Lausanne, Switzerland. (To be presented)

M. S. Leite. Functional imaging of photovoltaic materials. APS March Meeting. March 2017. New Orleans. (To be presented)

M. S. Leite. Perovskite solar cells: functionality at the nanoscale. SPIE Photonics West. Feb. 2016. San Francisco, CA. (To be presented)

M. S. Leite. Imaging the mesoscale behavior of photovoltaics at the nanoscale . Southwest Regional Meeting, American Chemical Society. Nov 2016. Galveston, TX. (To be presented)

M. S. Leite. In situ functional imaging of electrodes for all-solid-state batteries. Electrochemical Society - PRIME Meeting. Oct 2016. Honolulu, HI.

M. S. Leite. Alloyed thin films and nanostructures for plasmonics . Brazil-MRS. Sept 2016. Campinas, Brazil.

M. S. Leite. Probing the transient behavior of perovskite solar cells at the nanoscale. Brazil-MRS. Sept 2016. Campinas, Brazil.

M. S. Leite. Nanoscale imaging of the mesoscale behavior of materials for energy applications. SPIE Optics and Photonics. Aug 2016. San Diego, CA.

M. S. Leite. Nanoimaging of perovskite solar cells’ dynamical performance. SPIE Optics and Photonics. Aug 2016. San Diego, CA.

M. S. Leite. Functional characterization of all-solid state batteries. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences User Meeting, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Aug 2016. Oak Ridge, TN.

M. S. Leite. Metal alloys for plasmonics applications. META – 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics. July 2016. Malaga, Spain.

M. S. Leite. Probing the mesoscale behavior of materials for photovoltaics . JUAMI – Joint US-Africa Materials Institute Summer School. June 01, 2016. Arusha, Tanzania, Africa.

M. S. Leite. Imaging the mesoscale behavior of materials for energy applications. WITec Workshop on Confocal Raman Microscopy. April 2016. Rutgers University, NJ.

M. S. Leite. Al anodes for Li-ion all-solid-state batteries. EMN Meeting on Batteries. February 2016. Orlando, FL.

M. S. Leite. Nanospectroscopy of photovoltaic devices. SPIE Photonics West. Feb. 2016. San Francisco, CA.

M. S. Leite. Imaging the functionality of energy materials with nanoscale resolution. EMN Fall Meeting – Energy Materials Nanotechnology. November 2015. Las Vegas, NV.

M. S. Leite. Nanoscale imaging of photovoltaic devices’ functionality. Brazilian MRS Meeting. Sept 30, 2015. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

M. S. Leite. Imaging local electrical response in nanostructured optoelectronic devices. SPIE Optics and Photonics. Aug 11, 2015. San Diego, CA.

M. S. Leite. Imaging the functionality of photovoltaic devices with nanoscale spatial resolution. Photonics North. June 08 -12, 2015. Ottawa, Canada.

E. B. Tennyson and M. S. Leite. High resolution mapping of the open-circuit voltage of solar cells using Kelvin probe force microscopy. IEEE Photonics Society - Women in Engineering Technical Talks. June 10th, 2015. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, MD. (Presented by E. M. Tennyson).

M. S. Leite. Probing light-matter interactions for energy harvesting. UMERC Sustainability Workshop. April 22th, 2015. College Park, MD.

M. S. Leite. Nanospectroscopy of materials for renewable energy. OSA Student Chapter. April 10th, 2015. College Park, MD.

M. S. Leite. Imaging open circuit voltage with nanoscale resolution. Energy Materials Nanotechnology Meeting on Photovoltaics. Jan 12-15, 2015, Orlando, FL.

M. S. Leite. Nanospectroscopy of photovoltaic devices. OSA Meeting on Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics. Dec. 2014. Canberra, Australia.

M. S. Leite. Workshop on Defects in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors. Sept 23, 2014. College Park, MD.

M. S. Leite. A new paradigm for multijunction solar cells. International Workshop on Microfabrication, nanostructured materials and biotechnology - Laserion. July 07 – 10, 2010. Germany. Invited.

M. S. Leite. Evolution of open and closed systems towards equilibrium: Ge-Si:Si(001) nanocrystals. II International Workshop on epitaxial growth and fundamental properties of semiconductor nanostrcutures. August 09-14, 2009, Anan, Tokushima, Japan. Invited.

M. S. Leite. Evolution of open and closed systems towards equilibrium: Ge-Si:Si(001) nanocrystals. M. S. Leite. SPIE Symposium on SPIE NanoScience + Engineering, August 02-06, 2009. San Diego, CA, USA. Invited.

M. S. Leite. Mechanisms and Driving Forces for Alloying in Ge-Si:Si(001) Epitaxial Nanocrystals. Summer School on Modern Concepts for Creating and Analyzing Surfaces and Nanoscale Materials, May 12-16, 2008, Girona, Spain. Invited.

M. S. Leite. Thermodynamic potentials evolution and driving forces for alloying in closed and open Si-Ge:Si(001) nanocrystalline systems. XXXI Brazilian Meeting on Condensed Matter Physics, May 7 - 11, 2008. SP, Brazil. 1. Invited.

M. S. Leite. Mechanisms for intermixing in SiGe:Si(001) islands. XXX Brazilian Meeting on Condensed Matter Physics, May 7-11, 2007. São Lourenço, MG, Brazil. Invited.

Related News 

MSE Research Group’s Invited Perspective Published in ACS Energy Letters
Marina Leite and her team offer insight into the future of solar cell technology. August 27, 2017

MSE Graduate Student Receives All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship
Elizabeth Tennyson will use the award to continue her research on nanoscale imaging of solar cell materials. May 2, 2017

MSE Undergraduate Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Zinab Jadidi hopes to inspire other young women to pursue a STEM education. April 22, 2017

MSE Student Receives Wells Fellowship
MSE Ph.D. Student, Chen Gong, is one of three students to receive the 2017 Harry K. Wells Graduate Fellowships from the Clark School of Engineering. April 5, 2017

Sunbeams at the Nano-scale: the Next Generation of Solar Cells
Marina Leite and her team of researchers tackle hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites based on methylammonium lead. March 25, 2017

MSE Professor Honored at APS Annual Meeting
Assistant Professor Marina Leite receives APS Fellowship. March 23, 2017

UMERC Awards Three New Wells Graduate Fellowships
The Wells fellowship supports new research in sustainable energy generation and/or storage. March 16, 2017

Prof. Leite research featured on cover of Advanced Optical Materials
Prof. Leite research featured on cover of Advanced Optical Materials January 4, 2017

Solar cells improved with nanospheres is subject of ACS journal cover
Leite and Munday work featured October 19, 2016

Munday, Ha, and Collaborators' Research featured on the Cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Nanospheres light up solar cells
October 12, 2016

Prof. Leite Awarded APS Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship
Prof. Marina Leite recieves this year’s Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship from the American Physical Society. August 31, 2016

Scientists blend coinage metals to obtain alloys better than gold
Scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a novel method for altering the light reflected or absorbed by a material by match-making combinations of gold, silver, and copper into various mixtures of metals, or alloys. April 20, 2016

Garrett Wessler Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
UMD undergraduate student one of 2,000 award recipients for the 2016 competition. April 11, 2016

Diagnosing Better Efficiencies for Solar Cells
New UMD imaging technique could yield more efficient solar cells December 11, 2015

The “Warhol Batteries”

Leite Lab advances the understanding of aluminum electrodes in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries December 2, 2015

New efficiencies in solar cells on the horizon
Leite labdevelops new diagnostic imaging technique for solar cell efficiencies September 29, 2015

Chang Wins Outstanding ASPIRE Research Award
MSE senior recognized for work toward improving efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. May 8, 2015

Bailey Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Four materials science students receive Honorable Mentions. April 21, 2015

2014-2015 MSE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized at annual ceremony. April 20, 2015

NIST Highlights Leite’s “Battery Perimortems"
New imaging technique explains why aluminum anodes fail. March 10, 2015

Understanding Battery Failure in Realtime, at the Nanoscale
Microscopy technique reveals why and how aluminum anodes fail in Li-ion batteries. February 23, 2015

Hu, Leite Named Outstanding Engineer and Scientist of the Year (VIDEO)
Materials Science professors receive awards from the Md. Academy of Sciences and Md. Science Center. November 18, 2014

ASPIRE Award Supports Undergrad’s Solar Cell Research
Allen Chang is developing alloyed nanoparticles designed to boost performance, reduce costs. November 12, 2014

Undergrad Among First to Map Solar Cell Parameters at Sub-Micron Resolution
Bailey receives second SEEDS Fellowship, will conduct work in Leite Lab. November 12, 2014

Understanding Where Something Isn't for Better Solar Cells
Tennyson Wins IEEE Photovoltaic Poster Award for new exploration of grain interfaces. September 12, 2014

MSE Senior Named Merrill Presidential Scholar
Eric Bailey recognized as one of the University of Maryland’s top seniors. August 12, 2014

Workshop on Defects in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors Sept. 23
Abstracts due July 28 July 10, 2014

Leite, Mo Join MSE Faculty
Professors specialize in physical and computational materials science for sustainable energy applications. August 5, 2013