LDRD Seminar Series: ‘Using Hard X-ray Tools to Find Accelerated Pathways to the Synthesis of New Materials’
APS R&D Integration Leader Peter Chupas (PSC), will discuss his Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) sponsored work at the LDRD Seminar Series presentation Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
“Using Hard X-ray Tools to Find Accelerated Pathways to the Synthesis of New Materials” begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 203 Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.
Our ability to deliver a battery with five times higher energy density, a catalyst with five times longer lifespan, or a material that is 30 percent more efficient at converting sunlight to electricity, is predicated on our ability to both discover and, also, synthesize the next generation of functional materials. Computational approaches, such as the Materials Genome and Inverse Design, have been successful in identifying an expanded library of potential materials with predicted stability and attractive functionality; however, the realization of these materials beyond the confines of a computer has been a major challenge. The critical unresolved bottleneck in materials discovery is the synthesis and physical realization of these new predicted materials. Our goal is to eliminate this bottleneck by exploiting hard X-ray-based in-situ tools to identify mechanistic pathways and reaction kinetics, thereby, dramatically accelerating our ability to synthesize new materials. This talk will describe advances in instrumentation that enable the study of the synthesis of bulk materials.
Peter Chupas received his B.S. (1999) in Chemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his Ph.D. (2003) in Materials Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook working under the directions of Prof. Clare P. Grey FRS. He joined the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 2003, and moved to the X-ray Science Division in 2005 as a scientist.