Kim Michelle Lewis

Associate Department Head and Associate Professor, Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied at Dillard University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1998. In 1998 Kim was accepted to the University of Michigan Applied Physics PhD Program and received a David and Lucille Packard Fellowship and several Pre-doctoral Research Grants from the Social Science Research Council. Kim’s thesis work was the development of single electron devices for application as low-noise electrometers. This work led to a U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 in August 2004. Kim completed her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in August 2003 and her PhD in Applied Physics in August 2004 from the University of Michigan. In 2004 Kim accepted a postdoctoral position at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center for Computation and Technology. In April 2005, Kim received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies to continue her research in the area of molecular electronics at LSU. Currently, Kim is an Associate Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, & Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Her research expertise is in the area of quantum transport in nanoscale structures, such as ultrathin films, molecular structures, and biological systems using techniques that include inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy. Recently, she has extended her research to include the study of electrophysiology of biological systems, including adult stem cells and prostate tumor cancer cells on silicon carbide substrates for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications.


University of Michigan, Ph.D. (Applied Physics) University of Michigan, M.S. (Electrical Engineering) Dillard University, B.S. (Physics)

Research Focus
  • Electron Transport in Nanoscale Systems and Junctions
  • Electrical Characterization of Biological Systems
  • Molecular Electronics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
Select Works
  • M. Pilar Pujol, Alexandra N. Rindone, James A. Cooper, and Kim M. Lewis, Design and Characterization of Polyaniline:Poly(L-lactic) Acid Thin Films for Stem Cell Monitoring Applications, 2015 41st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC 2015): Proceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, pp 1-2, Troy, NY, Apr 17-19 (2015).
  • Swatilekha Saha, Adrien Nicolaï, Jonathan R. Owens, Alexandra Krawicz, Peter H. Dinolfo, Vincent Meunier, and K. M. Lewis, Temperature Dependent and Bistable Current-Voltage Measurements in Zinc Porphyrin Molecular Junctions, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 7, 10085 (2015).
  • Yukta Timalsina, Andrew Horning, Tripp Spivey, Kim M Lewis, Tung-Shen Kuan, Gwo-Ching Wang, Toh-Ming Lu, Effects of Nanoscale Surface Roughness on the Resistivity of Ultrathin Epitaxial Copper Films, Nanotechnology 26, 075704 (2015).
  • Yukta P. Timalsina, Xiaohan Shen, Grant Boruchowitz, Zhengpin Fu, Guoguang Qian, Masashi Yamaguchi, Gwo-Ching Wang, Kim M. Lewis, and Toh-Ming Lu, Evidence of Enhanced Electron-Phonon Coupling in Ultrathin Epitaxial Copper Films, Applied Physics Letters 103, 191602 (2013).
  • Swatilekha Saha, Jonathan R. Owens, Vincent Meunier, and K. M. Lewis, Asymmetric Electron Transport and Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital Assisted Tunneling through Zn-Porphyrin Molecular Junctions, Applied Physics Letters 103, 173101 (2013).
  • Xiaoyu Wang, Gwo-Ching Wang, and Kim M. Lewis, High Rectification Ratios of Fe-Porphyrin Molecules on Au Facets, Materials Chemistry and Physics 136 (2012).
  • Adam Simbeck, Guoguang Qian, Gwo-Ching Wang, Saroj Nayak, and Kim M. Lewis, Gold-sulfur Bond Breaking in Zn(II) tetraphenylporphrin Molecular Junctions, Surface Science 606 (2012).
  • Swatilekha Saha, Guoguang Qian, and Kim M. Lewis, Fabrication of Nanogaps by a Progressive Electromigration Technique using Wires of Various Thicknesses, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 29, 061802 (2011).