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Congratulations! Cody Cockreham has been named as Seaborg Institute Research Fellow. He is going to work on a collaborative project between our group and Dr. Hongwu Xu’s group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Here is the news on WSU Insider on April 16, 2020.

 


Congratulations to Xianghui for his second paper accepted by The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters in 2020! “Thermodynamics of Water–Cationic Species–Framework Guest–Host Interactions within Transition Metal Ion-Exchanged Mordenite Relevant to Selective Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane to Methanol”!


Our collaborative study, “In Situ Hydrothermal Conversion of Silica Gel Precursors to Binderless Zeolite X Pellets for Enhanced Olefin Adsorption” with Prof. Hui Sun’s group at East China University of Science and Technology, has been accepted by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research on May 5, 2020.


Xianghui’s first paper as a first author “Energetic Cost for Being “Redox-Site-Rich” in Pseudocapacitive Energy Storage with Nickel – Aluminum Layered Double Hydroxide Materials” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on April 22, 2020.


Our collaborative paper on “He Irradiation‐Induced Lattice Distortion and Surface Blistering of Gd2Zr2O7 Defect‐Fluorite Ceramics” with Prof. Jianqi Qi’s group at Sichuan University, has been accepted for publication in Journal of the American Ceramic Society on January 20, 2020.


Our collaborative paper with Prof. Hui (Claire) Xiong’s group at Boise State University, “A Mechanistic Study of Mesoporous TiO2 Nanoparticle Negative Electrode Material with Varying Crystallinity for Lithium Ion Batteries”, has been accepted in Journal of Materials Chemistry A on January 19, 2020.


Our paper on “Real-time Monitoring of the Surface Acetone Enolization and Aldolization” with my colleague Prof. Yong Wang’s group at WSU, is featured as Inner Back Cover in Catalysis Science & Technology.


Cody’s second paper “Dehydration Pathway of CoF2·4H2O Revisited by Integrated Ex Situ and In Situ Calorimetric and Structural Studies” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C on the last day of 2019. Happy New Year everyone!


It has been our greatest pleasure to host the academic visits of Prof. Jun Wang and Esra Yılmaz as visiting scholars during 2019! The paper they author jointly, “Hydration Energetics of a Diamine-appended Metal-Organic Framework Carbon Capture Sorbent“, has been accepted on December 8, 2019 by The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations!


Our invited mini-review article with Prof. Hui Sun, “Recent Advances in Experimental Thermodynamics of Metal–Organic Frameworks” has been published in the December 2019 issue of Powder Diffraction.


Cody’s first paper “Inhibition of AlF3·3H2O Impurity Formation in Ti3C2Tx MXene Synthesis under a Unique CoFx/HCl Etching Environment” has been published in ACS Applied Energy Materials on October 24, 2019. Congratulations, Cody!


Our collaborative study, “Manipulating Oxidation States of Copper within Cu-BTC Using Na2S2O3 as a New Strategy for Enhanced Adsorption of Sulfide” with Prof. Hui Sun’s group at East China University of Science and Technology, has been accepted by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research on September 27, 2019. Cheers!


On July 5, 2019, the new mineral “Navrotskyite” is named for Dr. Wu’s advisor, Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky.

“Navrotskyite is named for American physical chemist, geochemist and materials scientist Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky”; “Navrotskyite, K2Na10(UO2)3(SO4)9·2H2O, occurs underground in the Blue Lizard mine, Red Canyon, White Canyon District, San Juan County, Utah. Crystals of navrotskyite occur as thin tapered needles in radial sprays and as tightly intergrown aggregates resembling fiber optic bundles. The structure consists of [(UO2)(SO4)3]4– chains connected via a complex framework of K-O and Na-O polyhedra, which are closely related to the uranyl sulfate minerals fermiite, meisserite, and pseudomeisserite-(NH4). Navrotskyite is named for American physical chemist, geochemist and materials scientist Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky (born 1943).”

Our collaborative study, “Tuning n-Alkane Adsorption on Mixed-Linker Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8-90 via Controllable Ligand Hybridization: Insight into the Confinement from an Energetics Perspective” with Prof. Hui Sun’s group at East China University of Science and Technology, has been published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research on June 27, 2019.


Our paper “Tuning Ni/Al Ratio to Enhance Pseudocapacitive Charge Storage Properties of Nickel – Aluminum Layered Double Hydroxide” has been published in Advanced Electronic Materials on June 11, 2019.


Our group at the ACS National Meeting Spring 2019.


Our collaborative paper with Prof. Jianqi Qi’s group at Sichuan University, “Defect-Fluorite Gd2Zr2O7 Ceramics under Helium Irradiation: Amorphization, Cell Volume Expansion, and Bubble Formation”, has been published in Journal of the American Ceramic Society on February 5, 2019.


Our laboratory and the Guo Research Group in the Department of Chemistry form the Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics.