Welcome to the Newberg research group website
We are a multidisciplinary surface spectroscopy group with interests in energy and environmental sciences.

Our current research interests include:
  • Metal oxide surface chemistry relevant to atmospheric and catalytic processes.
  •  Ionic liquid surface chemistry relevant to sequestration and catalytic processes.
  • The chemistry of ice relevant to atmospheric and polar region environments.

New JPC-C Publication

posted Mar 29, 2017, 7:10 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Publication recently accepted in J. Phys. Chem. C (DOI:
10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00775) examining water at the ionic liquid-gas interface for the first time utilizing ambient pressure XPS under Torr level pressure. This work was in collaboration with Mark Shiflett at U. Kansas who performed gravimetric analysis.

DENIN Environmental Scholarship

posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:50 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

Congratulations to undergraduate Jill Harland for receiving a DENIN Environmental Scholarship to support her research on ionic liquids in our group during Winter and Spring 2017.

New JPC-C publication

posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:43 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 11:53 AM ]

New coauthored paper by Duan et al. (2017) in J. Phys. Chem. C highlighting importance of hydroxyl termination for synthesizing NPs on various Si substrates.

Pitch 90 Winner

posted Nov 29, 2016, 1:54 PM by John Newberg   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 12:57 PM ]

Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Jill Harland for winning first place in Pitch 90 describing the importance of her research on Ionic Liquids. Jill's performance was highlighted in UDaily. Check out the short 90 sec. performance 

BNL News

posted Nov 23, 2016, 2:07 PM by John Newberg   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 2:11 PM ]

Graduate students Sana Rani and Alicia Broderick
were recently highlighted in Brookhaven National Laboratory news for their work performed at the NSLSII synchrotron at the coherent soft X-ray beamline CSX-2.

ALS User Meeting

posted Oct 8, 2016, 11:52 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Oct 8, 2016, 11:52 AM ]

Graduate student Sana Rani presents her work examining metal oxide interfaces at the
2016 ALS Users Meeting in Berkeley.

Newberg group at ACS

posted Aug 29, 2016, 1:49 PM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 10:36 AM ]

Newberg group at
252nd ACS National meeting in Philly, highlighting recent work involving ionic liquid, salt, and metal oxide interfaces. From left to right are: Yehia Khalifa, Chris Arble, Sana Rani, Jill Harland and Alicia Broderick.

New PCCP Publication

posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:18 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 5:19 AM ]

Publication recently accepted in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (DOI:
10.1039/c6cp04115a) examining water dissociation on monolayer MnO on Ag(100) combining simulations (A.M. Ferrari and L. Giordano) and experiments (Newberg group).


posted Apr 30, 2016, 6:17 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

JTN has been awarded an ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator (PRF DNI) grant to examine ionic liquid interfaces.


posted Mar 9, 2016, 10:50 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 1:56 PM ]

The Newberg group has been awarded a University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) grant, with 4 total awards given to collaborative projects involving an early career faculty member and a Tenured faculty member, recently highlighted in 
UDaily. We have the privilege of collaborating with Prof. Andrew Teplyakov in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This funding will support efforts to understand the preparation and solid-gas reactions of oxide supported metal NPs.

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