Dr. Tonya M. Klein

  • Associate Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3034 SEC
  • Phone: (205) 348-9744
  • Fax: (205) 348-7558

Areas of Research

  • Plasma kinteics
  • Electronic materials


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1999
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 1994


Dr. Klein’s research interests include the fundamental understanding of atomic scale processes occurring during the synthesis of electronic materials. Special emphasis is given towards deducing the chemical reactions, thermodynamic driving forces and physical phenomena that govern the material’s physical, optical and electronic properties. Using these insights, strategies are developed to produce innovative, high performance materials for use in next-generation devices. Examples include microprocessors, sensors, memory devices, recording heads and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Klein is also involved with a project for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Program.