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Dr. W. Robert Ashurst
Uthlaut Family Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Department Chair
Undergraduate Program Chair

Department of Chemical Engineering
Tel: 334.844.2559
Fax: 334.844.2063

Office Address
244 Ross Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Mailing Address
212 Ross Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849


Research Interests

    Micro- and nano-electromechanical systems design, fabrication and reliability; micro- and nano-tribology; molecularly thin film synthesis and design; novel thin film processing; surface science; and semiconductor materials processing.

Selected Recent Publications

    P. Saha, N. Ansari, C. L. Kitchens, and W. R. Ashurst, "Microelectromechanical Systems from Aligned Cellulose Nanocrystal Films", Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10 (28), pp. 24116-24123, (doi: 10.1021/acsami.8b04985), July 2018.
    W. R. Ashurst, V. A. Davis and C. L. Kitchens, "Microdevices and Methods of Manufacture", U.S. Patent No. 9,890,259. Publication Date: February 13, 2018.
    J. Zhong, J. Chinn, C. B. Roberts, and W. R. Ashurst, "Vapor-Phase Deposited Chlorosilane-Based Self-Assembled Monolayers on Various Substrates for Thermal Stability Analysis", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (18), pp. 5239-5252, {doi: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04462, May 2017.
    W. R. Ashurst, V. A. Davis and C. L. Kitchens, "Microdevices and Methods of Manufacture", U.S. Patent No. 9,353,313. Publication Date: May 31, 2016.
    S. S. Shroff, N. Ansari, W. R. Ashurst and M. P. de Boer, "Rate-State Friction in Microelectromechanical Systems Interfaces: Experiment and Theory", Journal of Applied Physics, 116, 244902, (doi: 10.1063/1.4904060), Dec 2014.


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