Chemical Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is
involved in multidisciplinary research on diverse organic and inorganic
materials. Our research combines synthetic chemistry with a wide
range of characterization techniques. In polymer science, our efforts
are primarily focused on the synthesis of nanostructured block copolymers
for a variety of applications. These materials are studied using
numerous techniques including thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction,
small angle x-ray and neutron scattering, and light scattering.
In addition, the group uses molecular dynamics and other computational
techniques to aid in the interpretation of our experimental results.
Our work in inorganic thin films is focused on epitaxial growth
of oxides from solution. Classes of materials under study include
high temperature superconductors and electro-optic perovskites.
Methods of characterization include x-ray diffraction, surface probe
microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and Rutherford Backscattering
Spectroscopy. Our work in nanoparticles is focused on oxide materials
with interesting optical, magnetic, or catalytic properties, and
metallic particles for electronic and catalytic applications. Finally,
the group is involved in the study of the interfacial chemistry
and physics of fluids and polymer containing fluids using rheological
techniques, scattering techniques, molecular simulation, and statistical
For more information,
contact Parans Paranthaman at (865) 574-5045 or E-mail.
Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Chemical Sciences Division
Rev: October 2008