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Leite, Marina S.

Leite, Marina S.

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
2123 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building


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


  •  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


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

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

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

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).

Leite Research Group’s Invited Review Published in ACS Energy

Nanoscale imaging required for next gen energy harvesting and storage systems.

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.

Understanding Battery Failure in Realtime, at the Nanoscale

Microscopy technique reveals why and how aluminum anodes fail in Li-ion batteries.