Chemical Sciences Division Capabilities

Capabilities

Nanomaterials Chemistry Group Capabiilties

Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous materials for separation, catalysis, and energy storage/conversion Advanced scintillating materials for radiation detection as well as radioactive nanoparticles for medical applications Low-dimensional materials such as graphene for separations and energy storage Liquid electrolyte, polymer electrolyte, and additives for energy storage applications...

Chemical Separations Group Core Capabilities

Design of new synthetic receptors We apply contemporary quantum chemical methods and molecular modeling tools to design novel ligands for various applications, for predicting thermodynamics of ion complexation in the gas phase and in solution, and to characterize the nature of chemical bond in complex systems. Our research uses resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center...

Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group Core Capabilities

Neutron and X-ray Scattering - Structures  Small Angle Scattering Small and ultra-small angle neutron, X-ray and light scattering provide a means to accurately quantify pore and particle-size distributions over a wide range of scales (approximately 1 nm to 0.5 mm). Our ongoing work has shown how this can provide quantitative information on overall volumes, size distributions, core/rim structures...

Mass Spectrometry and Laser Spectroscopy Group Core Capabilities

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry elemental imaging Hybrid optical microscopy/laser ablation liquid capture electrospray ionization mass spectrometry imaging Hybrid atomic force microscopy/mass spectrometry platforms for physical and chemical   imaging Liquid extraction based spatially resolved surface analysis for rapid and sensitive profiling of biologically important...