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Olivia Maryon

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Image of Olivia MaryonOlivia was born in California but grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, graduating from Lake City High School in 2016 before enrolling at Boise State in the fall of 2016. Currently, she is pursuing a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Boise State. Olivia has been working in the Surface Science Lab since the summer of 2017, prior to her sophomore year of college. Her job in the lab is to train undergraduate and graduate students to use the lab’s suite of 4 atomic force microscopes (AFMs).

Olivia is also starting to take over some of the research spearheaded the past few years by fellow SSL undergraduate researcher Kari Livingston Higginbotham using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). She will be utilizing KPFM to map out nanoscale differences in surface potential and correlate them with variations in microstructural composition of alloys identified via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Additionally, Olivia is positioned to become the lead user of the SSL’s new inert atmosphere AFM system, a Dimension Icon FastScan AFM housed in an MBraun glovebox and equipped with Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) capabilities. This system will enable a variety of research projects related to corrosion, sodium and lithium ion batteries, and 2D materials.


  • Atomic Force and Surface Probe Microscopy (AFM/SPM)
    • Topography and Surface Roughness Analysis
      • Noncontact
      • PeakForce
      • Tapping
    • Electrical Characterization
      • Conductive and Tunneling AFM (CAFM/TUNA)
      • Electric and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (EFM/KPFM)
      • Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM)
    • Fluid Imaging
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Coming soon.

Conference Presentations and Posters

Coming soon.