Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Lab

Brandon Holybee

Department Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Brandon joined the Radiation and Surface Science Engineering Laboratory (RSSEL) in 2008 as an undergraduate student and continued working with the group as a graduate student in 2012 at Purdue University. His research areas include fundamental work on low energy ion-solid interactions, self-organized nanostructuring, and nanotechnology of multicomponent systems. Brandon is currently finalizing his Ph.D. studies at the University of Illinois with Professor Allain and collaborates with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) research institute in Dresden, Germany working on fundamental ion-solid interactions, focusing on the mechanisms involved in the self-organization of ion-induced nanopatterns.


  • BS Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN (2012)
  • M.S. Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)

Thesis: Novel Analytical Method for Investigating Compositional Driven Ion-Induced Nanopatterning of Multicomponent Materials


  • Nanostructured Functional Materials
  • Sustainable Nanomanufacturing

Research Interests

  • Self organization of nanostructured materials
  • Ion-solid interaction in single elemental and multicomponent materials
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopies (XPS, UPS, AES)
  • Optical, chemical, and mechanical properties of nanostructures
  • Ion scattering spectroscopy techniques (LEISS, MEISS, RBS)


  • RSSEL Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Summer Student Internship (2014)
  • Lam Research Corporation Scholarship (2017)

External Travel

  • Sustainable Energy Workshop. Medellin, Colombia (March 2012)
  • Universidad Autonomous de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (May 2012 – July 2012)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Dresden, Germany (Nov. 2012 – May 2013)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Dresden, Germany (June 2014 – September 2014)
  • Brookhaven National Lab National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS). Brookhaven, NY (July 2014)
  • Ion Beam Modification of Materials (IBMM) conference. Leuven, Belgium (September 2014)
Office MNTL 1306