Department of Physics

East Hall, 2 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2633/34 (ph); 401.874.2380 (f)

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  • Room 320B
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Physics
    University of Rhode Island
    2 Lippitt Rd.
    Kingston, RI 02881

    Office: East Hall 320A , Lab: Pastore 353


1998-Present:  Professor of Physics, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1994-1998: Associate Professor of Physics, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1988-1994: Assistant Professor of Physics, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI


Experimental investigations of the electronic, structural, and dynamic properties of clean and adsorbate-covered metal and semiconductor surfaces and thin films using a variety of surface probes. High Energy X-ray Photoemission (HAXPES) Investigations of Lithium Ion Batteries.

  • Experimental surface physics
  • Thin films


Postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Postdoctoral researcher at Universtiy of Erlangen,Germany

Ph.D. in Physics ; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Sc. B. in Physics ; Brown University, Providence, R.I.,




Selected Publications:

The Geometry of Rb/Cu(111) Using the X-ray Standing Wave Technique: Rb Coverage Dependence  (D. Heskett, P. Xu, L. Berman, C.-C. Kao, and M. Bedzyk), Surf. Sci. 344, 267 (1995).

Electromigration Investigations of Aluminum Alloy Interconnects (B. Setlik, K. Aubin, D.   Heskett, and M.A. Briere), Proceedings of the IEEE University-Government-Industry Microelectronics Symposium, (IEEE Proc., NY, 1997), p. 159.

Coverage- and Temperature-Dependent Site Occupancy of Carbon Monoxide on Rh(111) Studied by High-Resolution Core-Level Photoemission (A. Beutler, E. Lundgren, R.  Nyholm, J.N. Andersen, B. Setlik, and D. Heskett), Surf. Sci. 396, 117 (1998).

X-ray Standing Wave Investigation of (1×2)Rb/Cu(110)  (D. Heskett and L.E. Berman), Phys. Rev. B61, 8450 (2000).

X-ray Standing Wave Investigations of Valence-Electronic Structure (J.C. Woicik, E.J. Nelson, D. Heskett, J. Warner, L.E. Berman, B.A. Karlin, I.A. Vartanyants, M.Z. Hasan, T. Kendelewicz, Z.X. Shen, and P. Pianetta), Phys. Rev B64, 125115 (2001).

Ion Bombardment-Induced Changes in the Electronic Structure of of Cu(110) Investigated with Inverse Photoemission and Computer Simulations (D. Heskett, D. DePietro, G. Sabatino, and M. Tammaro), Surf. Sci. 513, 405 (2002).

Hybridization and Bond-Orbital Components in Site-Specific X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of Rutile TiO2 (J.C. Woicik, E.J. Nelson, L. Kronik, M. Jain, J.R. Chelikowsky, D. Heskett, L.E. Berman, and G.S. Herman), Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 077401 (2002).

An Optical Microscopy Imaging Method for Detection of Electromigration-Induced Damage (L. Li, C. Piecuch, J. Hiatt, B. Setlik and D. Heskett), Microelectronic Engineering 75,252 (2004).

The Role of Electric Field and Ultrasonication in the Deposition and Alignment of Single- Walled Carbon Nanotube Networks Using Dielectrophoresis (S. Ammu and D. Heskett),World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics, Vol. 3, No. 4; pp. 159-163 (Nov. 2013).

Hard X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES) Investigation of the Silicon Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) in Lithium-Ion Batteries; (Benjamin T. Young, David R. Heskett, Mengyun Nie, Cao Cuong Nguyen, Brett L. Lucht, Joseph C. Woicik); to be submitted to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Role of Substrate Binders in Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) Formation in Lithium Ion Batteries Studied With Hard X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES); (Benjamin T. Young, David R. Heskett, Cao Cuong Nguyen, Anton Lobach, Brett L. Lucht, Joseph C. Woicik); to be submitted.

The Effects of Vinylene and Fluoroethylene Carbonate on Graphite SEI Formation in Lithium-Ion   Batteries;(M. Nie, B. T. Young, D. Heskett, B. Lucht, and J. C. Woicik); to be submitted to the Journal of the Electrochemistry Society

Synthesis of Co-Electrospun Lead Selenide / Titania—Core / Sheath Nanowires for Advanced Photovoltaics (Evan K. Wujcik *, Stephanie Aceto, David Heskett, Arijit Bose ), Materials, to be published.

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