Neal T Skipper

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Clay minerals are layer type aluminosilicates that figure in terrestrial biogeochemical cycles, in the buffering capacity of the oceans, and in the containment of toxic waste materials. They are also used as lubricants in petroleum extraction and as industrial catalysts for the synthesis of many organic compounds. These applications derive fundamentally(More)
The adsorption of molecular hydrogen (H2) in the graphite intercalation compound KC24 is studied both experimentally and theoretically. High-resolution inelastic neutron data show spectral features consistent with a strong pinning of H2 along a single axis. First-principles calculations provide novel insight into the nature of H2 binding in intercalates but(More)
As synthesized, bulk single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) samples are typically highly agglomerated and heterogeneous. However, their most promising applications require the isolation of individualized, purified nanotubes, often with specific optoelectronic characteristics. A wide range of dispersion and separation techniques have been developed, but the(More)
High-resolution neutron diffraction has been used in conjunction with hydrogen/deuterium isotopic labeling to determine with unprecedented detail the structure of two archetypal aromatic liquids: benzene and toluene. We discover the nature of aromatic pi-pi interactions in the liquid state by constructing for the first time a full six-dimensional spatial(More)
The structure and dynamics of methane in hydrated potassium montmorillonite clay have been studied under conditions encountered in sedimentary basin and compared to those of hydrated sodium montmorillonite clay using computer simulation techniques. The simulated systems contain two molecular layers of water and followed gradients of 150 bar km(-1) and 30 K(More)
The dissolution of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) remains a fundamental challenge, reliant on aggressive chemistry or ultrasonication and lengthy ultracentrifugation. In contrast, simple nonaqueous electrochemical reduction leads to spontaneous dissolution of individualized SWCNTs from raw, unprocessed powders. The intrinsic electrochemical(More)
Solutions of negatively charged graphene (graphenide) platelets were produced by intercalation of nanographite with liquid potassium-ammonia followed by dissolution in tetrahydrofuran. The structure and morphology of these solutions were then investigated by small-angle neutron scattering. We found that >95 vol % of the solute is present as single-layer(More)
Recent work shows a correlation between chiral asymmetry in non-terrestrial amino acids extracted from the Murchison meteorite and the presence of hydrous mineral phases in the meteorite [D. P. Glavin and J. P. Dworkin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2009, 106, 5487-5492]. This highlights the need for sensitive experimental tests of the interactions of(More)
Neutron diffraction data, in conjunction with isotopic substitution of deuterium (D) for hydrogen (H), have been analyzed to determine the three-dimensional structure of water confined in vycor, an archetypal hydrophilic porous silica glass containing channels or pores of approximately 40 A diameter. The data have been incorporated into a Monte Carlo(More)
Here, we measure the solvation structure of fulleride C605- anions in potassium ammonia solution using neutron diffraction. We find a very strong solvation structure consisting of two shells of ammonia densely packed around the anion. The system's structure is driven by the propensity of ammonia molecules to direct one of their hydrogen bonds to the center(More)