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Current Thermodynamic Research Areas

  • Rare earth and actinide materials
  • Polymorphism and confinement in porous metals (zeolites and MOFs)
  • Nanomaterials and surface energies
  • Order-disorder in ceramics induced by low-temperature synthesis, high-temperature equilibrium disordering, grinding and radiation damage
  • Complex functional and hybrid perovskites relevant to energy applications
  • Melt and glass chemistry and crystallization
  • The nuclear fuel cycle, including molten salt reactors and waste management
  • Materials in the Si-O-C-N-H system
  • Applications of thermochemistry to environmental, earth and planetary science
  • Calorimetry at 1500-2500 °C

Specific Projects

Development and thermochemistry of advanced functional metal oxides for energy applications
P. Saradhi Maram (Postdoc)

Development of new high-temperature instrumentation, calorimetry and thermal analysis above 1500 °C
Sergey Ushakov (Staff Research Associate)

Thermodynamics of flexible zeolite frameworks and molecular confinement
Xin Guo (Postdoc)

Thermochemistry of rare-earth phosphate minerals and disordered lithium-ion battery cathode materials, using high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry
Tamilarasan Subramani (Postdoc)

Energetics of surface reactivity on nanoparticles with organic molecules; Thermodynamics of critical elements (Li, La, Ce, Nd)
Lili Wu (Postdoc)

Thermodynamics of actinide-bearing materials for nuclear applications; Radiation damage and annealing; Materials for energy applications
Cheng-Kai Chung (PhD Student)

High-temperature thermodynamics of metal oxides; CALPHAD modeling
Can Agca (PhD Student)

Synthesis of uranium-iron-oxide nanoparticles; Energetics of uranium adsorption and structural incorporation into iron oxides. The role that naturally occurring iron oxides play in the context of radioactive waste leakage, and the potential of these materials for use in remediation of contaminated water.
Andy Lam (PhD Student)

Thermochemistry of Ce-Ca-Zr fluorite solid solutions;
Energetics of hydrated and dehydrated Th-bearing phosphates;
Thermodynamics of radiation-damaged fluorite-structured materials
Anna Shelyug (PhD Student)

Porous materials and clusters
Zamirbek Akimbekov (PhD Student)

Adsorption on carbon-based materials (graphene, carbon nanotubes)
Jiewei Chen (PhD Student)

Interface and bulk energies of noncrystalline ceramics
Geetu Sharma

Investigation of the thermochemistry of aluminum and gallium inorganic clusters to understand the pathways between ions in solution and nanophase mineral precipitates
Mayra Dancini Goncalves