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Philip J. Rous

Philip Rous
Contact Information
Administration Building,
10th Floor

Office of the Provost


Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Ph.D. Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London (UK) 1986
D.I.C. (Diploma of Imperial College) Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London (UK). Solid State Theoretical Physics, 1986
B.Sc. (Hons), University of Bristol (UK), Physics (First Class Honours), 1983

Previous Experience

Dr. Rous joined UMBC in 1990 having held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and in the department of chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Rous served as Undegraduate Advisor and as Associate Chair of the Physics Department. Dr. Rous has also served as Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.  In the summer of 2012, Dr. Rous was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMBC.

Professional Interests

My main research interests are in theoretical condensed matter physics and a characteristic of my research is working closely with experimentalists and I also like to change research field every few years. During my research career, I have been fortunate enough to make the contributions to the fundamental understanding of the crystallography of surfaces, the dynamics and structure of negative ion states at surfaces and nanostructure physics. My most recent research activities are in the field of nanophysics where we are attempting to understand the reliability and failure of nanoscale metallic interconnects in integrated circuits.

Selected Publications

“Sir John Pendry: His Contributions To The Foundations of Surface Crystallography,”G.A. Somorjai & P.J. Rous, J. Phys. Condensed Matter 20 30 4210 (2008).

“Temporal Evolution Of Step Fluctuations Under Electromigration Conditions,” P.J. Rous and Tim Bole. Phys. Rev B. 76(12) 5435 (2007).

“Biased Surface Fluctuations Due To Current Stress,” O. Bondarchuk, M. Cullen, M Degawa, E.D. Williams, Tim Bole and P.J. Rous. Phys. Rev. Lett. 89(20) 6801 (2007).

“Mapping Electron Flow Using Magnetic Force Microscopy,” R. Yongsunthon, E.D. Williams, A. Stanishevsky, and P.J. Rous. Applied Physics Letters, 82, 3287 (2003)

“Negative Ion Formation In Adsorbed Molecules; The Role of Surface States,” P.J. Rous, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74 1835 (1995).

“Resonance Electron Scattering From Adsorbed Molecules,” Reviews of Modern Physics 64, 383 (1992).