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Stefan Minasian

CSD Staff Scientist; Heavy Element Chemistry Program; Heavy Element Research Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, Mailstop 70A1150
Berkeley, CA 94720
USA

Location:70A-2255D
Telephone:(510) 486-5352
FAX:(510) 486-5596
Email:SGMinasian@lbl.gov
Assistant:

Programs:
Heavy Element Chemistry


Research Centers:

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center
Heavy Element Research Laboratory


Research Interests

Inorganic Synthesis and Spectroscopy. Inorganic chemistry provides an opportunity to meet many of the challenges associated with transforming the United States’ energy program and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. My current research considers how theories of chemical bonding can be leveraged to control the desirable physical properties inorganic compounds that are needed for development of sustainable and renewable energy sources. The work occurs primarily at the interface of coordination chemistry, materials science, and inorganic spectroscopy, and relies on innovative methods to synthesize and characterize compounds that are highly reactive or otherwise difficult to isolate and study. Design of new solid-state materials with desirable physical properties is derived from the unique characteristics of elements spanning the entire periodic table.


Recent Publications

1. "The duality of electron localization and covalency in lanthanide and actinide metallocenes," D. E. Smiles, E. R. Batista, C. H. Booth, D. L. Clark, J. M. Keith, S. A. Kozimor, R. L. Martin, S. G. Minasian, D. K. Shuh, S. C. E. Stieber and T. Tylisczcak, Chem. Sci., Advance Article (2020). http://doi.org/10.1039/C9SC06114B

2. "Dual roles of f electrons in mixing Al  3p character into 5d-orbital conduction bands for lanthanide and actinide dialuminides," A. B. Altman, C. D. Pemmaraju, S. Alayoglu, J. Arnold, E. D. Bauer, C. H. Booth, Z. Fisk, J. I. Pacold, D. Prendergast, D. K. Shuh, T. Tyliszczak, J. Wang and S. G. Minasian, Phys. Rev. B, 97, 045110 (2018). http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.97.045110

3. "Quantitative Evidence for Lanthanide-Oxygen Orbital Mixing in CeO2, PrO2, and TbO2," S. G. Minasian, E. R. Batista, C. H. Booth, D. L. Clark, J. M. Keith, S. A. Kozimor, W. W. Lukens, R. L. Martin, D. K. Shuh, S. C. E. Stieber, T. Tylisczcak and X. D. Wen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 18052-18064 (2017). http://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b10361

4. "Chemical and Morphological Inhomogeneity of Aluminum Metal and Oxides from Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy," A. B. Altman, C. D. Pemmaraju, S. Alayoglu, J. Arnold, C. H. Booth, A. Braun, C. E. Bunker, A. Herve, S. G. Minasian, D. Prendergast, D. K. Shuh and T. Tyliszczak, Inorg. Chem., 56, 5710-5719 (2017). http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00280

5. "Theory and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Aluminum Coordination Complexes – Al K-Edge Studies of Charge and Bonding in (BDI)Al, (BDI)AlR2, and (BDI)AlX2 Complexes," A. B. Altman, C. D. Pemmaraju, C. Camp, J. Arnold, S. G. Minasian, D. Prendergast, D. K. Shuh and T. Tyliszczak, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 10304-10316 (2015). http://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b05854