Most of our research involves the measurement of short- to intermediate-range structure in silicate and oxide materials, although we occasionally work on other materials such as fluorides and even biological solids. In many cases, questions involve the nature and extent of structural disorder, whether this involves mixing of cations on sites in a mineral or ceramic, the network linkages in a glass, or the role of "defect" species that contribute disproportionately to the overall energetics. Our overall goal is to constrain models that can be used to understand and predict physical and chemical properties; our major research tool is solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
Jonathan Stebbins Stanford University
Dept. of Geological Sciences
450 Serra Mall, Building 320
Stanford, CA 94305-2115
Office Location: Green Earth Sci. 259
Lab Location: Green Earth Sci. 254
We are always looking for new Ph.D. students with strong backgrounds in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, physical chemistry, glass science, materials science, applied physics, or spectroscopy who are interested in exploring the connections between atomic scale structure, properties, and processes involving silicate and oxide materials.