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 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 chemical nature and energetics of surfaces under ambient conditions. Surfaces of interest include metals, metal oxides, ionic liquids, salts and ice. This research has implications in catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, tribology, environmental and atmospheric chemistry.

ACS PRF DNI

posted by John Newberg   [ updated ]

JTN has been awarded an ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator (PRF DNI) grant to examine water and CO2 at ionic liquid interfaces.

UDRF-SI Grant

posted Mar 9, 2016, 10:50 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 10:51 AM ]

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 interfacial chemistry of catalysts during the photochemical reduction of carbon dioxide in the presence of water vapor using ambient pressure XPS.

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 ]

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

CCST Research Review

posted Oct 12, 2015, 8:21 AM by John Newberg   [ updated ]

JTN gives invited talk at the 2015 Research Review for the Center for Catalytic Science & Technology (CCST) titled "Probing Solid and Liquid Interfaces with Ambient Pressure XPS".
 

New PCCP Publication

posted Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 6:01 AM ]

Publication recently accepted to Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (DOI: 10.1039/C5CP03821A ) examining 2-propanol adsorption on vapor deposited ice utilizing synchrotron-based ambient pressure XPS at ALS beamline 11.0.2.

New RSI publication

posted Aug 14, 2015, 11:58 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Aug 14, 2015, 11:58 AM ]

Our lab-based ambient pressure XPS instrument paper as been published in Rev. Sci. Instrum. (DOI:
10.1063/1.4928498).

SynchLight 2015

posted Jul 14, 2015, 6:43 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 8:18 AM ]

Congratulations to Sana Rani for being accepted to
SynchLight 2015, a two week summer workshop held at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source. A total of 80 graduate students and postdocs were selected, 40 of which from the International community (outside Brazil). The main goal of the SyncLight 2015 is to show to young researchers what synchrotron light offers in the form of new tools for their research.    

New Surf. Sci. publication

posted Jun 16, 2015, 5:39 AM by John Newberg   [ updated Jun 16, 2015, 5:39 AM ]

New coauthored paper by Rameshan et al. (2015) in Surface Science investigating water adsorption and dissociation on vanadium metal.

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