Newberg Group Research
The Newberg group research is multidisciplinary in nature, tapping into analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry, surface chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, kinetics and thermodynamics, ice chemistry, photochemistry and photocatalysis. Our primary interests are in investigating molecular level processes that can occur at interfaces (solid-gas and liquid-gas), with particular interests in probing this chemistry in situ (while in the presence of the gas).
Examples include studying solid salt interfaces, salt solution interfaces, metal oxide solid interfaces, ice interfaces, ionic liquid interfaces, and organic terminated interfaces. This fundamental research has important connections to energy technology, pollution remediation, human health and/or climate change.
To accomplish this, our laboratory utilizes modern experimental surface science approaches and computer simulations to tackle chemistry related problems on a molecular level. Our group utilizes lab based, University based, and National Laboratory based instrumentation, including synchrotrons.
JTN also has industry experience in semiconductor research and development, working in a clean room (fab) at Intel tackling defect and yield problems related to thin film, lithography, etch, and polishing processes.