There he studied the self-organization of supramolecular nanometer-scale structures at surfaces, especially systems formed by metal-organic coordination.

Prof. Tait’s current research focuses on functional nanometer-scale architectures at surfaces formed by self-assembly of organic building blocks.

Efficient patterning of solid surfaces with organic materials is a challenging research problem that has the potential to open up new opportunities and new technologies in many fields, including molecular electronics, catalysis, molecular recognition/sensors and magnetism.

Our research group addresses fundamental questions in catalysis, surface science, and molecular assembly. Our team includes chemists and physicists from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in advancing grand challenges in science and technology through rational design and detailed study of molecular, metal-organic, and inorganic systems at solid surfaces.

There are two major research projects in our labs:

  • Metal-ligand Single-atom Catalysts at Surfaces
  • Supramolecular Self-assembly at Surfaces


  • Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Molecular Self-assembly


  • Metal-organic Complexes for Catalysis
  • Multi-layer Stabilization by Interfacial Organic Layer
  • Dynamic Self-assembly at the Liquid-solid Interface
  • Vibration Spectroscopy at Surfaces

Subject areas:

  • Materials
  • Physical
  • Catalysis
  • Energy
  • Origins
Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Nanoscale Science Department, Physics, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics & Technology, Max Planck Society (past)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

PhD, University of Washington, Physics, 2005
MS, University of Washington, Physics, 2002
BS, Brigham Young University, Physics, 2000