Katy Roodenko


President / Founder                                                                                                  Present

Max-IR Labs

Analytical sciences, spectroscopy, gas analysis, thermometry and radiometry
Custom design of infrared fiber-optics solutions for R&D and production line operations

Scientist                                                                                                                          2012-2016


Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), III-V semiconductors

MBE production, failure analysis, device characterization


University of Texas at Dallas 

Laboratory for Surface and Nanostructure Modification                                                                                                                    2008-2012


Semiconductor research, thin-film analysis, spectroscopy



ISAS-Institute for Analytical Sciences  / TU Berlin                                                              2004-2008

 PhD student

AdvisorProf. Dr. Norbert Esser

Project: Characterization of electrochemically grafted thin organic films from benzene  diazonium compounds 

Characterization of electrochemically grafted ultra-thin organic films on solid surfaces using Infrared Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (IRSE), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and other surface-sensitive techniques.  In collaboration with Dr. Joerg Rappich from Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin. 

Simulations of IRSE spectra obtained from from organically modified surfaces and interfaces.

Infrared spectroscopic mapping of the organically modified surfaces at the advanced synchrotron radiation source BESSY-II.


 Tel Aviv University                                                                                                          2002-2004

 MSc  student

AdvisorProf. Abraham Katzir

Project: Construction of scanning near-field infrared optical microscope using tapered silver halide fibers

Construction of Scanning Near-field Optical Microscope (SNOM) for operation in mid-IR spectral range in collection mode. Characterization of the system and first microscopic experiments demonstrating the system performance with the resolution below the classical limit.  Modeling and analysis of the measured output  signals.



 ISAS-Institute for Analytical Sciences                                                                            2004-2008


Technische Universität Berlin 

PhD student - physics  

Advisor : Prof. Dr. Norbert Esser

Thesis title : "Surface and interface structure of electrochemically grafted ultra-thin organic films on metallic and semiconducting materials"


Tel Aviv University                                                                                                          2002-2004

MSc Physics 

Advisor: Prof. Abraham Katzir

Thesis title : "Collection Mode Infrared Scanning Near Field Microscopy Using Silver Halide Probes"


Tel Aviv University                                                                                                          1998-2002 

BSc Physics 




Laboratory physics instructor  for undergraduate students at Tel Aviv University                       2002-2004                                                                                                 



German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft), member

Minerva fellowship (financial support, Max-Planck Society program )