BioB.S. Chemistry, University of Konstanz (Germany), 1989M.S. Chemistry, University of Konstanz (Germany), 1989Ph.D. Physics, Technical University Munich/ Max-Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics (Germany), 1992Post-doctoral fellow, Ecole Polytechnique - University of Montréal (Canada), Department of Engineering Physics, research group Prof. L. Martinu (Aug. 1992 – March 1994)
"Surfaces are the key to Nanoscience - this is where reactions happen, and nanostructures are made. Our research looks at surfaces at the atomic scale."Petra Reinke, Associate Professor
Petra Reinke received her first degree, a diploma (M.S.) from the University of Konstanz in Germany, in Chemistry. She focussed already during this time on physical chemistry and her thesis was on the study of hydrogen bonding in solids. Her interest in physics lead her to the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasmaphysics in Munich and the study of low-pressure plasmsa which are used in the growth of amorhpous hydrogenated carbon this films for her PhD thesis work. From here it was only a small step to investigate the growth of diamond films and ion-matter interactions in materials like BN, diamond, silicon and other semiconductors. After a Postdoc at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada, her focus shifted to the reactions at surfaces and interfaces, which are also a versatile canvas for the synthesis of nanomaterials. She was pursued these interests at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and received the venia legendi (Habilitation) in 2000. After a short stay at the University of Goettingen, Germany, as a research group leader she jumped at the opportunity to move to UVa and build a surface science research group at the the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.