​Selected Journal Publications

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Research Gate

Qi, Zhou, Atsushi Yamada, Qingguo Feng, Austin Hoskins, Barry D. Dunietz, and Kim M. Lewis, Modification of Molecular Conductance by In-situ Deprotection of Thiol-based Porphyrin Molecules, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2017).


Guoguang Qian, Qi Zhou, and Kim M. Lewis, Stability of Rectification of Iron Porphyrin Molecular Junctions, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 180, (2016).


Swatilekha Saha, Adrien Nicolai, Jonathan R. Owens, Alexandra Krawicz, Peter H. Dinolfo, Vincent Meunier, and K. M. Lewis, Temperature Dependent and Bistable Current-Voltage Measurements in Zinc Porphyrin Molecular Junctions, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 7, 10085 (2015).Link

Yukta P. Timalsina, Andrew Horning, Tripp Spivey, Kim M. Lewis, Tung-Shen Kuan, Gwo-Ching Wang, Toh-Ming Lu, Effects of Nanoscale Surface Roughness on the Resistivity of Ultrathin Epitaxial Copper Films, Nanotechnolgoy 26, 075704 (2015).


Book & Publication Highlights/Profiles

"Bridging the STEM Gap", Rensselaer Aumni Magazine, Spring 2015, pgs 18-20.


Devin Robin, Rebuilding the Black Infrastructure:  Making America a Colorless Nation, pg. 74 (2010).

Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis is from New Orleans, Louisiana.  She received her secondary education in the New Orleans Public school system and graduated from McDonogh #35 Senior High School in 1994.  She studied at Dillard University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1998.  At Dillard University, Kim received the David and Lucile Packard and the UNCF/Mellon Fellowships.  She worked in the Dillard University High Energy Impact Research Laboratory, and her investigation of the fragmentation of wood composite materials using high speed imaging won several Packard Research Awards.

In 1998 Kim was accepted to the University of Michigan Applied Physics PhD Program and received a $120,000 David and Lucille Packard Fellowship and several Pre-doctoral Research Grants from the Social Science Research Council.  Following her first year, she joined Professor Ç. Kurdak’s Condensed Matter group in the Physics Department.  Kim’s thesis work was the development of single electron devices for application as low-noise electrometers.  This work led to a U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 in August 2004. 

At the University of Michigan Kim had a very supportive network of colleagues, and in 2001 she became the president of the Movement of Underrepresented Sisters in Engineering and Science (MUSES), which is a formal dialogue group for women of color.  In the same year she became the chairperson of the Gallium Arsenide Bay Committee for the University of Michigan Solid State Electronics Laboratory, currently known as the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility.  Kim completed her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in August 2003 and her PhD in Applied Physics in August 2004 from the University of Michigan.

In 2004 Kim accepted a postdoctoral position at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center for Computation and Technology with Dr. Theda Daniels-Race.  In April 2005, Kim received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies to continue her research in the area of molecular electronics at LSU.

Currently, Kim is the Associate Head and Associate Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, & Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  Her research expertise is in the area of quantum transport in nanoscale structures, such as ultrathin films, molecular structures, and biological systems using techniques that include inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.  Recently, she has extended her research to include the study of electrophysiology of biological systems, including adult stem cells and prostate tumor cancer cells on silicon carbide substrates for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications.

Curriculum Vitae (Brief)

Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Hybrid Electronics and

Characterization Lab

Prof. Kim Michelle Lewis:

 Associate Head and Associate Professor of Physics


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Applied Physics, Ph.D., 2004
Electrical Engineering, M.S., 2003

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Physics, B.S., 1998

Professor Kim Michelle Lewis

Awards & Fellowships

NSF-Howard University ADVANCE-IT Faculty Fellowship, 2014
13th National Role Models Award, 2012  
Rensselaer School of Science Outstanding Early Research Award, 2012
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2012
NNIN Laboratory Experience for Faculty Program, 2011
Rensselaer RAMP-UP Career Campaign Award, 2010      
Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, 2010
Sensor Electronics Technology, Inc. Innovation Paper Award (WOFE), 2009
National Science Foundation BRIGE, 2009-2011              
Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2009
4th U.S.-Japan Young Researchers Exchange Program, 2007
Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005                                         
Georgia Institute of Technology Focus Fellow, 2003
University of Michigan Rackham Travel Grants, 2001- 2002
Social Science Research Council Predoctoral Research Grants, 2000-2004
University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, 1998-2000
David and Lucile Packard Scholar, 1998-2004
UNCF/Mellon Scholar, 1996-1998


K. M. Lewis and C. Kurdak, Charge Transformer and Method of Implementation, U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 (August 17, 2004).

Outreach Activities

Director, Undergraduate Research Program:  Mobilizing "Undeclared" Science Majors, 2009-2014

Director, New Orleans Louisiana Minority Opportunities via Educational Research in Science (NOLA MOVERS) Program, 2008-2010

Teaching Experience (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Physics II:  Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS 1200)

Modern Physics (PHYS 2110)

Quantum Physics II (PHYS 2220)

General Physics (PHYS 1050)