Recent Publications


Extracting the pair distribution function of liquids and liquid-vapor surfaces by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction mode. D. Vaknin, W. Bu, and A. Travesset J. Chem. Phys. 129, 044504-9 (2008).

Anisotropy in magnetic properties and electronic structure of single-crystal LiFePO4. Liang G, Park K, Li JY, et al. Phys. Rev. B 77, (2008).

Bilayer and trilayer crystalline formation by collapsing behenic acid monolayers at gas/aqueous interfaces. Bu W, Vaknin D Langmuir 24, (2008).


LiNi0.66Fe0.34PO4 Liang G, Benson RE, Li JY, et al. Acta Crystallographica Section E-Structure Reports Online 63, (2007).

Ordering by collapse: Formation of bilayer and trilayer crystals by folding Langmuir monolayers. Vaknin D, Bu W, Satija SK, et al. Langmuir 23, (2007).


Magnetic-field-induced orientation of superconducting MgB2 crystallites determined by x-ray diffraction. J. Li, D. Vaknin, S. Bud'ko, et al. Phys. Rev. B 74, (2006).

Ion distributions at charged aqueous surfaces by near-resonance X-ray spectroscopy. Wei Bu, Philip J. Ryan, and David Vaknin Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 13, 459 (2006).

Charge inversion at minute electrolyte concentrations. J. Pitler, W. Bu, D. Vaknin, A. Travesset, D.J. McGillivray, and M. Loesche Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 46102 (2006).

How Accurate Is Poisson-Boltzmann Theory for Monovalent Ions near Highly Charged Interfaces. W. Bu, D. Vaknin, and A. Travesset Langmuir 22, 5673 (2006).

Bjerrum Pairing Correlations at Charged Interfaces. A. Travesset and D. Vaknin, Europhys. Lett. 74, 181 (2006).

Probing spin frustration in high-symmetry magnetic nanomolecules by inelastic neutron scattering. V. O. Garlea, S. E. Nagler, J. L. Zarestky, C. Stassis, D. Vaknin, P. Kögerler, D. F. McMorrow, C. Niedermayer, D. A. Tennant, B. Lake, Y. Qiu, M. Exler, J. Schnack, and M. Luban Phys. Rev. B 73, 024414 (2006).

Spin-waves in antiferromagnetic single-crystal LiFePO4. J. Li, V. O. Garlea, J. L. Zarestky, and D. Vaknin Phys. Rev. B 73, 024410 (2006).


Monovalent counterion distributions at highly charged water interfaces: Proton-transfer and Poisson-Boltzmann theory. Wei Bu, David Vaknin, and Alex Travesset Phys. Rev. E 72, 060501(R) (2005).

Langmuir and Grafted Monolayers of Photochromic Amphiphilic Monodendrons of Low Generations. Genson, K. L.; Holzmuller, J.; Villacencio, O. F.; McGrath, D. V.; Vaknin, D.; Tsukruk, V. V. J. Phys. Chem. B. (Article) 109(43) 20393-20402 (2005).

Langmuir monolayers from functionalized amphiphiles with epoxy terminal groups. Genson KL, Holzmueller J, Vaknin D, et al. THIN SOLID FILMS 493 (1-2): 237-248 (DEC 22 2005).


Interfacial Micellar Structures from Novel Amphiphilic Star Polymers. K. L. Genson, J. Hoffman, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, D. Vaknin, V. V. Tsukruk Langmuir 20, 9044-9052 (2004).

Induced Crystallization of Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes at Water surfaces. D. Vaknin, S. Dahlke, A. Travesset, G. Nizri, and S. Magdassi Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 218302 (2004).

Commensurate-Incommensurate Magnetic Phase Transition in Magnetoelectric Single Crystal LiNiPO4. D. Vaknin, J. L. ,Zarestky, J.-P. Rivera, and H. Schmid Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 20720 (2004).

Antiferromagnetism in Magnetoelectric Single Crystals LiCoPO4 and LiNiPO4. D. Vaknin, J. L. Zarestky, J.-P. Rivera, and H. Schmid Magnetoelectric Interaction Phenomena in Crystals.

In situ characterization of functional purple membrane monolayers at the air-water interface. M. Méthot, P. Desmeules, D. Vaknin, C. Salesse ,and F. Boucher Langmuir 20, 934-940 (2004).


Structure-Function Relations in Self-Assembled C18- and C20-Sphingosines Monolayers at Gas/Water Interfaces. D. Vaknin J. Am. Chem. Soc. 125(5), 1313-1318.(2003).

Anomalous X-ray Reflectivity Characterization of Ions at Biomimetic Membranes. D. Vaknin, P. Krüger and M. Lösche. Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 178102, (2003).

Amphiphilic hyperbranched polyesters with alkyl-terminated branches. X. Zhai, S. Peleshanko, N. S. Klimenko, K. L. Janson, M. Ya. Vortman, V. V. Shevchenko, D. Vaknin, V. V. Tsukruk Macromolecules 36, 3101, (2003).


Molecular Packing of Amphiphiles with Crown Polar Heads at the Air-Water Interface. K. Larson, D. Vaknin, O. Villavicencio, D. McGrath and V. V. Tsukruk J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 7246 (2002).

Amphiphilic Hairy Disks with Branched Hydrophilic Tails and Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene Core. M. Lee, J.-W. Kim, S. Peleshanko, K. Larson, Y. S. Yoo, D. Vaknin, S. Markutsya and V. V. Tsukruk J. Am. Chem. Soc. 124, 9124 (2002).

Weakly coupled antiferromagnetic planes in single-crystal LiCoPO4. D. Vaknin, J.L. Zaretsky, L.L. Miller, J.-P. Rivera and H. Schmid Phys. Rev. B. 65, 224414 (2002).

Microstructure of amphiphilic monodendrons at the air-water interface. K. L. Genson, D. Vaknin, O. Villacencio, D. V. McGrath, V. V. Tsukruk J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 11277-11284 (2002).

Spectroscopic and Structural Properties of Valine Gramicidin A in monolayers at the Air-Water Interface. H. Lavoie, D. Blaudez, D. Vaknin, B. Desbat, B. M. Ocko and C. Salesse Biophys. J. 83, 3558-3569 (2002).

Structure of Rhodopsin in Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface: A PM-IRRAS and X-ray Reflectivity Study. H. Lavoie, B. Desbat, D. Vaknin, and C. Salesse. Biochemistry 41(45), 13424-13434 (2002).


Magnetic Molecules at the Air/Water Interface. D. Vaknin, L. L. Miller, M. Eshel and A. Bino J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 8014 (2001).

X-ray Diffraction Techniques to Characterize Liquid Surfaces and Monomolecular Layers at Gas-Liquid Interfaces. D. Vaknin. Methods in Materials Research (E.N. Kaufmann, et al. eds.) pp. 10d.2.1-10.d.2.21. John Wiley & Sons, New York (2001).

Sphingomyelin at the air-water interface. David Vaknin, Michael S. Kelley and Benjamin M. Ocko J. Chem. Phys. 115, (2001).

Synchrotron Studies of Amphiphiles with Crown Polar Heads at Air-Water Interfaces. K. Larson, D. Vaknin, O. Villacicencio, D. McGrath, N. Stephenson, and V. V. Tsukruk. Polymer Materials: Science & Engineering 85, 229 (2001).

Antiferromagnetism in a-Li3Fe2(PO4)3. J. L. Zarestky, D. Vaknin, B. C. Chakoumakos, T. Rojo, A. Goñi, and G. E. Barberis J. Mag. Mag. Matt. 234, 401 (2001).

Anomalous X-ray Reflectivity of Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface. D. Vaknin, D. S. Robinson, P. Krüger and M. Lösche. APS annual report 2001, available at:


On the possibility of antiferromagnetic vortex cores in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-d. David Vaknin, Jerel L. Zaretsky and Lance L. Miller Physica C 329, 109 (2000).

The Structure of D-Erythro-C18 Ceramide at the Air-Water Interface. David Vaknin and Michael S. Kelley Biophys. J. 79, 2616 (2000).