Welcome to the Newberg research group website
For many applications in energy and environmental science, understanding the surface chemistry of interfaces is where the achievement lies. However, the ability to probe interfaces quantitatively on a molecular level with chemical specificity is technologically challenging under ambient conditions. This is due, in part, to the paucity of instrumentation with the ability to directly probe the chemical state of surface atoms and molecules quantitatively under natural (environmental) or operational (catalytic) conditions. We are a multidisciplinary research group with interests in developing and utilizing in situ surface spectroscopy probes to understand the mechanisms and energetics of vapor uptake at solid and liquid interfaces. Surfaces of interest include metals, metal oxides, ionic liquids, alkali/halide salts and ice. This research has implications in catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, tribology, environmental and atmospheric chemistry.

Pitch 90 Winner

posted Nov 29, 2016, 1:54 PM by John Newberg   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 1:55 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 and 90s video can be seen
here.

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).

ACS PRF DNI

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.

UDRF-SI Grant

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.

New Member

posted Nov 25, 2015, 6:12 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 6:12 AM ]

The Newberg group welcomes Physical Chemistry graduate student Meng Jia.

New Member

posted Nov 25, 2015, 6:11 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 6:11 AM ]

The Newberg group welcomes Physical Chemistry graduate student Chaoyi Xu.

AVS 62nd International Symposium

posted Oct 23, 2015, 11:42 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Apr 30, 2016, 6:23 AM ]

JTN gives contributed talk at AVS on "Water at Ionic Liquid Interfaces Probed by APXPS".

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