Raymond R Unocic

Senior R&D Staff Scientist

Raymond Unocic is a Senior R&D Staff Scientist at ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences in the Electron and Atom Probe Microscopy research group. His research expertise is on 1) the development and application of advanced in situ characterization methods to probe the mechanisms and kinetics of materials transformations in challenging liquid/gas environments and under electrochemical, electrical bias, and thermal exposure. 2) Utilization of aberration-corrected STEM/EELS/EDS to probe the atomic- scaled structure, chemistry and defects of materials to elucidate nanomaterial functionality.


  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D. (2008)
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Materials Science and Engineering, M.S. (2003)
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Metallurgical Engineering, B.S. (2000)

Professional Experience:

  • 2019-Present Senior R&D Staff Scientist, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences ORNL
  • 2013-2019 R&D Staff Scientist, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences ORNL
  • 2017-Present Adjunct Professor School of Materials Science and Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2011-2013 R&D Associate, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, ORNL
  • 2009-2011 Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow, Materials Science and Technology Division, ORNL
  • 2008-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • 2003-2008 Graduate Research Associate, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University


2018 Best presentation award at the 19th International Microscopy Congress in Sydney Australia
2018 R&D 100 Award: The Atomic Forge
2015 R&D 100 Award: Porous Graphene Desalination Membrane
2015 ORNL/UT Battelle Research Team Award: Porous Graphene Desalination Membrane
2015 Significant Event Award: Graphene Desalination Membrane, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2015 Significant Event Award: Development of Scanning Electron Nanopositioning System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2013 Significant Event Award: Na-Ion Battery Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2012 MicroAnalysis Society Birks Award for Best Paper at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting
2009 Alvin M. Weinberg Early Career Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2009 1st Place Transmission Electron Microscopy Class, International Metallographic Contest
2004 Best in Show, Jacque-Lucas Award, International Metallographic Contest
2000 National Collegiate Inventors Competition: Ceramic Matrix Composite Processing


Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences


U.S. Patent No. 10400351 Albina Y. Borisevich, Stephen Jesse, Sergei V. Kalinin, Andrew R. Lupini, Raymond R. Unocic, Qian He, "Bulk Fabrication with Single Atomic Plane Precision via Atomic-Level Sculpting of Crystalline Oxides."
U.S. Patent No. 10233098 Shannon M. Mahurin, Ivan Vlassiouk, Sheng Dai, Sumedh Surwade, Raymond R. Unocic, Sergei Smirnov, “Nanoporous Graphene Membrane for Desalination of Salt Water.”
U.S. Patent No. 10224565 Jagjit Nanda, Nancy J. Dudney, Chaitanya Narula, Sreekanth Pannala, Raymond R. Unocic, Surendra Martha, “High Energy Density Secondary Lithium Batteries.”
U.S. Patent No. 6598656 Kenneth H. Sandhage, Raymond R. Unocic, Matthew B. Dickerson, Kamila T. Guerra, Matthew J. Timberlake, “Method for Fabricating High- Melting, Wear-Resistant Ceramics and Ceramic Composites at Low Temperatures.”

Specialized Equipment

Aberration Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy In situ Microscopy (Liquids, Gas, Heat, Electrical Biasing)