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Catalin Spataru

Staff Page • Materials Physics. Education Ph.D., Physics, UC Berkeley (2004) Research Interests First-principles calculations of the structural, electronic, transport and optical properties of advanced materials. Publications Robinson DA et al, Tunable Intervalence Charge Transfer in Ruthenium Prussian Blue Analog Enables Stable and Efficient Biocompatible Artificial Synapses., Advanced Materials (2022)Thomas, CJ et al.,...
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Christian Mailhiot

Staff Page • Materials Science. Biography Prior to joining Sandia in 2016, I held the position of professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University (WSU) during the period 2013 – 2016. At WSU, I was Director of the Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC), and founder and Administrative Director...
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Christopher R. Shaddix

Staff Page • Manager, Combustion Research Facility, Plasma & Reacting Flow Science Department. Biography Dr. Shaddix completed his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1993. He served as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since 1995, he...

Craig A. Taatjes

Staff Page • Senior Manager. Biography Craig Taatjes is the senior manager for Physical Sciences at Sandia National Laboratories’ Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California. His research focuses on kinetics and mechanisms of fundamental chemical reactions important in combustion and hydrocarbon oxidation. His work has concentrated on direct measurements of elusive intermediates...

Dave Chandler

Staff Page • Fellow, Combustion Research Facility, Transportation Research Center. Biography Dave was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico where he obtained his bachelors in Chemistry and was captain of the gymnastics team in 1975. He obtained a PhD in Chemistry at Indiana University and performed a...

David L. Osborn

Staff Page • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Gas Phase Chemical Physics. Biography David's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of chemical reactions. To obtain the greatest level of detail, he often studies reactions that occur completely in the gas phase. More recently, he started a program to study the gas phase immediately...

Ethan Hecht

Staff Page • Senior Member of Technical Staff, Combustion Research Facility. Biography Ethan S. Hecht is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories.  He has broad expertise in hydrogen energy systems.  He has led experimental investigations of (high pressure and cryogenic) hydrogen dispersion and...

Habib N. Najm

Staff Page • Senior Scientist, Combustion Research Facility. Biography Habib Najm is a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratory. He leads a research program in computational chemical sciences and uncertainty quantification, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1993, and has worked in numerous computational science research...

Jackie Chen

Staff Page • Senior Scientist, Chemistry, Combustion and Materials Science Center. Biography Jacqueline H. Chen has contributed broadly to research in direct numerical simulations (DNS) of turbulent combustion focusing on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions relevant to engines. She is also developing a mesoscopic and continuum simulation framework to understand how nonequilibrium chemical processes affect...

Jonathan H. Frank

Staff Page • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Combustion Research Facility, Reacting Flows. Biography As the Principal Investigator of the Advanced Imaging Laboratory, Jonathan Frank has extensive experience in the development and application of laser diagnostics for multidimensional imaging of chemically reacting flows. As a leader in his field, he has made important...

Judit Zádor

Staff Page • Theoretical Chemical Kinetics . Biography Judit joined Sandia in 2007 and is currently a Distinguished Member of Staff. Her research lies in the broad field of theoretical reaction kinetics, and addresses problems in combustion, atmospheric chemistry, and heterogeneous catalysis. She works on automated kinetics calculations and leads the development of...

Julien Luc Manin

Staff Page • Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Applied Combustion. Biography Dr. Manin obtained his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Automotive and Transportation Systems in France, in 2006. He completed his PhD in Physics and Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Manin has been...

Khachik Sargsyan

Staff Page • Principal Member of the Technical Staff . Biography Dr. Khachik Sargsyan is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Before working in staff and postdoctoral positions at Sandia, he received his Ph.D. in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann...

Krupa Ramasesha

Staff Page • Principal Member of Technical Staff, CRF, Gas Phase Chemical Physics. Biography Krupa Ramasesha is a Principal Investigator at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, where she is leading a research program investigating ultrafast dynamics in gas phase and condensed phase systems, funded by the DOE/BES Gas Phase Chemical Physics Program and the...

Laura Marie McCaslin

Staff Page • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Combustion Research Facility. Biography Laura M. McCaslin, Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the CRF at Sandia, specializes in calculating infrared and photoelectron spectra from molecular dynamics simulations to complement experimental data. One of McCaslin’s main research interests lies in calculating the motion...

Lyle M. Pickett

Staff Page • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Engine Combustion Research. Biography Since 2002, Lyle Pickett has been the Principal Investigator for the Spray Combustion project in the Engine Combustion Research Department of the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Lyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a...

Norm Bartelt

Staff Page • Materials Physics. Biography My work over the last forty years has focused on improving the understanding of the dynamical processes which are responsible the structure and morphology of solid surfaces. Much of this work has involved constructing statistical mechanical models that allow macroscopic behavior to be traced to atomic events. Most...
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Suhas Kumar

Staff Page • Materials Physics. Biography I make computers smarter by combining nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Education Ph.D., Stanford University Publications
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Timothy S. Zwier

Staff Page • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Gas Phase Chemical Physics Program, Combustion Research Facility. Biography Tim Zwier joined Sandia National Laboratories’ Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in January 2020 after spending much of his independent research career in academia. Zwier had served as PhD research advisor for more than 40 graduate students...

Wei Pan

Staff Page • Materials Physics. Biography Dr. Wei Pan is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in physics from Princeton University. He has made numerous seminal contributions to the field of many-particle physics in low dimensional electron systems (in particular novel fractional quantum...
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