University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Steven L. Girshick
Kenneth T. Whitby Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: ME 2101E
Phone: 612-625-5315

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Ph.D. 1985, M.S. 1981, Mechanical Engineering,
Stanford University

S.B. 1970, Humanities and Science,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Plasma science and engineering
  • Nanodusty plasmas
  • Nanoparticle science and engineering
  • Nucleation of particles from the gas phase


Selected Awards

  • Kenneth T. Whitby Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2012-
  • Editor-in-Chief, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 2005-2014
  • Director, High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory, 2005-2017
  • ME Director of Graduate Studies, 2000-2006 and 2014-2015
  • Plasma Chemistry Award, 2005
  • UMN Best Director of Graduate Studies Award, 2005
  • Founding President, International Plasma Chemistry Society, 2000-2003
  • Hawley Seminar Award, Stanford, 1984
  • Boit Prize for Writing, MIT, 1970

Selected Publications

1. S. L. Girshick and C.-P. Chiu, “Kinetic Nucleation Theory: A New Expression for the Rate of Homogeneous Nucleation from an Ideal Supersaturated Vapor,” Journal of Chemical Physics 93, 1273-1277 (1990).

2. N. P. Rao, N. Tymiak, J. Blum, A. Neuman, H. J. Lee, S. L. Girshick, P. H. McMurry and J. Heberlein, “Hypersonic Plasma Particle Deposition of Nanostructured Silicon and Silicon Carbide,” Journal of Aerosol Science 29, 707-720 (1998).

3. M. T. Swihart and S. L. Girshick, “Thermochemistry and Kinetics of Silicon Hydride Cluster Formation during Thermal Decomposition of Silane,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 103, 64-76 (1999).

4. P. Agarwal and S. L. Girshick, “Numerical Modeling of the Spatiotemporal Behavior of an RF Argon-Silane Plasma with Dust Particle Nucleation and Growth,” Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing 34, 489-503 (2014).

5. S. L. Girshick, “The Dependence of Homogeneous Nucleation Rate on Supersaturation,” Journal of Chemical Physics 141, 024307 (2014).

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