Amy Walker

Amy Walker

Head, Professor

[email protected]
Phone: 972-883-5780
Office: RL 3.748

800 West Campbell Rd.
Mailstop: RL10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Curriculum Vitae


PhD Chemistry, University of Cambridge, 1998
BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics and Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge, 1995


  • Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science Teaching Award 2018
  • ACS PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lectureship 2008
  • DuPont Young Professor 2006 – 2009
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award 2003


The ultimate goal of Amy Walker’s research is the development of simple, robust materials for constructing complex two- and three-dimensional surfaces by manipulating interfacial chemistry. Metal/SAM, semiconductor/SAM and biomolecule/SAM structures have applications in organic electronics, sensing, catalysis, photovoltaics and optoelectronics. Her group also develops analytical techniques to probe the structures produced.

The Walker group employs surface science techniques, in particular time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF SIMS) and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and calculations of molecular structure (density functional theory, DFT) in this work. TOF SIMS is a unique widely applicable technique that provides detailed information about the chemical composition of surfaces with sub-micron lateral resolution, and is used in areas from biological systems to materials science.

Research Interests

  • New Methods for Constructing Metallized Organic Surfaces
  • Chemical Bath Deposition of Semiconductors on Organic Surfaces
  • Ionic Liquid Matrices and New Data Analysis Techniques for Imaging Mass Spectrometry