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 JESRP Publication

posted Jun 20, 2017, 10:45 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

Publication recently accepted in J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 
measuring the electron scattering cross-section of water vapor (DOI: 10.1016/j.elspec.2017.06.002). This is the first study of its kind to perform kinetic energy dependent cross-section studies using lab-based ambient pressure XPS, the results of which are compared to variable X-ray synchrotron-based APXPS.

Poster Winner

posted Apr 26, 2017, 3:03 PM by John Newberg   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 3:04 PM ]

Congratulations to Jill Harland for winning first place in the Delaware ACS undergraduate poster session, presenting her research on ionic liquids.


New JPC-C Publication

posted Mar 29, 2017, 7:10 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

Publication recently accepted in J. Phys. Chem. C (DOI:
10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00775) examining water at the ionic liquid interface. This is the first study of its kind to perform a quantitative pressure-dependent examination of a gas interacting with an ionic liquid interface using ambient pressure XPS. This work was done in collaboration with Mark Shiflett at U. Kansas who performed bulk uptake studies via 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 
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 Jun 20, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

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

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