Mike Garvey

Mike Garvey

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2012
Research Lab: Distinguished Professor Wilfred T. Tysoe
Major Area of Focus: Physical Chemistry
Previously Attended:
UW - Oshkosh, 2000-2007, B.S. Chemistry/Physics

Why I like Chemistry:

I like chemistry because it gives me a chance to solve hard problems. It is very rewarding when you find the answer to a problem that you have been working on for a long time.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee:

There are many world class researchers and everyone is willing to make time to help students.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

Research and work on my house. I also like to golf when I find a little free time.

Research Goals:

I would like to help contribute to the understanding of the fundamental processes that give rise to friction.


J. A. Boscoboinik, F. C. Calaza, M. T. Garvey and W. T. Tysoe, "Identification of Adsorption Ensembles on Bimetallic Alloys," J. Phys. Chem. C (2010), 114, 1875–1880.

J. Boscoboinik, J. Kestell, M. Garvey, M. Weinert and W. T. Tysoe, "Creation of Low-Coordination Gold Sites on Au(111) Surface by 1,4-phenylene Diisocyanide Adsorption," Top Catal (2011), 54, 20–25.

L. Burkholder, M. Garvey, M. Weinert and W. T. Tysoe, "Structure of Methyl Pyruvate and alpha-(1-Naphthyl)ethylamine on Pd(111)," J. Phys. Chem. C (2011), 115, 8790–8797.

M. Garvey, O. J. Furlong, M. Weinert and W.T. Tysoe, "Shear properties of potassium chloride films on iron obtained using density functional theory," J. Phys.: Condens. Matter (2011), 23, 265003.

M. Garvey, M. Weinert and W. T. Tysoe, "On the Pressure Dependence of Shear Strengths in Sliding, Boundary-Layer Friction," Tribol. Lett. (2011), 44, 67–74.

M. Garvey, M. Weinert and W.T. Tysoe, "On the film thickness dependence of shear strengths in sliding, boundary-layer friction," Wear (2011), doi:10.1016/j.wear.2011.09.008.

M. Garvey, J. Boscoboinik, L. Burkholder, J. Walker, C. Plaisance, M. Neurock, W. Tysoe, "The Structure of the Au/Pd(100) Alloy Surface," submitted to J. Phys. Chem. C.


2009 Louise A. Arndt Fellowship