Prof. Ophelia K. C. Tsui      

Department of Physics, Boston University

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Department of Physics and
Division of Materials Science & Engineering
Boston University

Office: Metcalf Science Center Rm. 215
Lab: Metcalf Science Center Rm. B2&3
+1-617-358-4669 (off), 3-9393 (fax)


Mailing address:
590 Commonwealth Ave. Rm. 255
Boston, MA 02215.


Research Interests

My current research interest comprises various topics of polymer physics, including the dynamics of polymer under nano-confinement, wetting properties of polymer films on solid and liquid surfaces, and dynamics, phase behaviors and applications of polymer nano-composites.  In addition, my work frequently involves the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Therefore, I am also interested in nano-mechanics, nanotribology and development of characterization techniques involving AFM.

Representative Publications   

1.     “Conflicting Confinement Effects on the Tg, Diffusivity and Effective Viscosity of Polymer Films: A Case Study with Poly(isobutyl methacrylate) on Silica and Possible Resolution”, K. Geng, R. Katsumata, X. Yu, H. Ha, A. R. Dulaney, C. J. Ellison, and O. K. C. Tsui, Macromolecules, 50, 609-617 (2017). [link]

2.     “Viscosity and Surface-Promoted Slippage of Thin Polymer Films Supported by a Solid Substrate”, F. Chen, D. Peng, C. -H. Lam and O. K. C. Tsui, Macromolecules, 48, 5034-9 (2015). [link]

3.  "Glass Transition Dynamics and Surface Layer Mobility in Unentangled Polystyrene Films", Z. Yang, Y. Fujii, F. K. Lee, C. -H. Lam and O. K. C. Tsui, Science, 328, 1676-1679 (2010). [link]

4. "Studying Surface Glass-to-Rubber Transition Using Atomic Force Microscopic Adhesion Measurements" O. K. C. Tsui, X. P. Wang, Jacob Y. L. Ho, T. K. Ng, Xudong Xiao, Macromolecules, 33, 4198 (2000). [link]

5"Study on the Origin of Inverted Phase in Drying Solution-Cast Block Copolymer Films", Haiying Huang, Fajun Zhang, Zhijun Hu, Binyang Du, Tianbai He, Fuk Kay Lee, Yongjian Wang, Ophelia K. C. Tsui, Macromolecules, 36, 4084-4092 (2003). [link]

6.  "Effect of C60 Molecular Rotation on Nanotribology", Qi Liang, O. K. C. Tsui, Yabo Xu, Hongnian Li, Xudong Xiao, Phys. Rev. Lett., 90, 146102-1 (2003). [link]

7.  "Liquid Crystal Pretilt Angle Control Using Nano-textured Surfaces", by Fion Sze-Yan Yeung, Feng-Chao Xie, Jones Tsz-Kai Wan, Fuk Kay Lee, Ophelia K. C. Tsui, Ping Sheng and Hoi-Sing Kwok, J. Appl. Phys. 99, 124506 (2006). [link]

8. "Liquid Crystal Orientation Transition on Microtextured Substrates", B.  Zhang, F. K. Lee, O. K. C. Tsui, P. Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 215501-4 (2003). [link]

9. "Excitation of Josephson Plasma Resonance in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d in an oblique field", Ophelia K.C. Tsui, N. P.   Ong, J. B. Peterson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, pp.819-822 (1996). [link]

10. "Sharp Magnetoabsorption Resonances in the Vortex State of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d", Ophelia K. C. Tsui, N. P. Ong, Y. Matsuda, Y. F. Yan and J. B. Peterson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, pp.724-727 (1994). [link]


Last revised on 9/19/2018.