Cindy L. Berrie

Cindy L Berrie
  • Professor
  • Departmental Honors Program Coordinator

Contact Info

3121 GL (ISB)
1567 Irving Hill Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045


B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1997
Postdoctoral Research Associate, JILA, University of Colorado,



Physical/Analytical Chemistry | Scanning Probe Microscopy | Biomolecule-surface interactions and assembly | Nanofabrication | Electronic properties of materials   



Interfacial properties at interfaces govern the interactions, assembly, and function of hybrid materials.  Our group is using scanning probe methods to investigate the properties of the interface at the nanoscale.  We use these methods to probe the topography, chemistry, adhesion, surface potential, and conductivity with nanoscale spatial resolution.  In addition, we have been developing methods to fabricate arrays of nanostructures using both scanning probe-based methods as well as particle lithography.  Examples of current areas of interest include (1) the investigation of peptide assembly at surfaces (2) the use of genetically engineering peptides tags for enzyme assembly (3) the precise fabrication of metal nanostructures  and (4) the interfacial electronic properties of materials upon small molecule adsorption.

Research interests:

  • Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Biomolecule, Nanofabrication

Selected Publications

Ulapane, S. B.; Doolin, J. L.; Okeowo, M. K.; Berrie, C. L., Atomic Force Microscopy-Based Static Plowing Lithography Using CaCO3 Nanoparticle Resist Layers as a Substrate-Flexible Selective Metal Deposition Resist, J. Phys. Chem. C 2021, 125 (42), 23490-23500.

Ghopry, S. A.; Sadeghi, S. M.; Berrie, C. L.; Wu, J. Z., MoS2 Nanodonuts for High-Sensitivity Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Biosensors (Basel) 2021, 11 (12).

Kamathewatta, N. J. B.; Nguyen, T. M.; Lietz, R.; Hughes, T.; Taktak Karaca, B.; Deay, D. O.; Richter, M. L.; Tamerler, C.*; Berrie, C. L.* Probing Selective Self-Assembly of Putrescine Oxidase with Controlled Orientation Using a Genetically Engineered Peptide Tag, Langmuir 2021, 37, 7536–7547.

Alamri, M; Liu, B.; Walsh, M.; Doolin, J. L.; Berrie, C. L.; Wu, J. Z.* Enhanced H2 Sensitivity in Ultraviolet-activated Pt Nanoparticle/SWCNT /Graphene Nanohybrids, IEEE Sensors Journal, 2021, 21, 19762-19770.

Ghopry, S. A.; Sadeghi , S.; Farhat, Y.; Berrie, C. L.; Alamri, M.; Wu, J. Z.* Intermixed WS2+MoS2 Nanodisks/Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Sensing, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2021, 4, 2941-2951.

Liu, B.; Alamri, M.; Walsh, M.; Doolin, J. L.; Berrie, C. L.; Wu, J. Z.* Development of an ALD-Pt@SWCNT/Graphene 3D Nanohybrid Architecture for Hydrogen Sensing, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 53115-53124.

Alamri, M.; Liu, B.; Sadeghi, S. M.; Ewing, D.; Wilson, A.; Doolin, J. L.; Berrie, C. L.; Wu, J. Z.* Graphene/WS2 Nanodisk van der Waals Heterostructures on Plasmonic Ag Nanoparticle-Embedded Silica Metafilms for High-Performance Photodetectors, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2020, 3, 7858-7868.

Kamathewatta, N. J. B.; Deay III, D. O.; Karaca, B. T.; Seibold, S.; Nguyen, T. M.; Tomás, B.; Richter, M. L.; Berrie, C. L.*; Tamerler, C.* Self-Immobilized Putrescine Oxidase Biocatalyst System Engineered with a Metal Binding Peptide, Langmuir 2020, 36, 11908-11917.

Edwards, C. M.; Ulapane, S. B.; Kamathewatta, N. J. B.; Ashberry, H. M.; Berrie, C. L.* Fabrication and Growth Control of Metal Nanostructures through Exploration of Atomic Force Microscopy-Based Patterning and Electroless Deposition Conditions, J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124, 25588–25601.

Ulapane, S. B.; Kamathewatta, N. J. B.; Borkowski, A. K.; Steuart, S. J.; Berrie, C. L.* Periodic Silver and Gold Nanodot Array Fabrication on Nanosphere Lithography-Based Patterns using Electroless Deposition, J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124, 15646–15655.

Ulapane, S. B.; Kamathewatta, N. J. B.; Ashberry, H. M.; Berrie, C. L.* Controlled Electroless Deposition on Noble Metals on Silicon Substrates Using Self-Assembled Molecular Resists to Generate Nanopatterned Surfaces for Electronics and Plasmonics, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2019, 2, 7114-7125.

Awards & Honors

Mortarboard Outstanding Educator Award, University of Kansas - 2018

Outstanding Alumni Award, Grand Island Northwest High School - 2013

William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas - 2009

NSF-EPSCoR First Award, University of Kansas - 2002

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation - 2002