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Dr. Laura Espinal

Research Interest

  • Functional materials for sustainable technologies and materials sustainability.
  • Solid state sorbents for environmental applications, e.g., carbon capture.
  • In situ structural analysis of gas separation materials via neutron and X-ray techniques.
  • Physico-chemical characterization and mechanistic evaluation of catalytic materials.
  • Rational and accelerated design of materials through an integrated computational and experimental approach.

A sorption unit for CO2 removal from flue gas (post-combustion capture).

Figure 1: Schematic representation of a sorption unit for CO2 removal from flue gas (post-combustion capture).

 

Publications (prior to joining NIST):

  • Espinal, A. E.; Zhang, L. C.; Chen, C. H.; Morey, A.; Nie, Y. F.; Espinal, L.; Wells, B. O.; Joesten, R.; Aindow, M.; Suib, S. L. “Nanostructured Arrays of Semiconducting Octahedral Molecular Sieves by Pulsed-Laser Deposition” Nature Materials, 2009, 9, 54-59.
  • Espinal, L.; Malinger, K. A.; Espinal, A. E.; Gaffney, A. M.; Suib, S. L. “Preparation of Multicomponent Metal Oxides Using Nozzle Spray and Microwaves” Advanced Functional Materials, 2007, 17, 2572–2579.
  • Malinger, K. A.; Ding, Y. S.; Sithambaram, S.; Espinal, L.; Gomez, S.; Suib, S. L. “Microwave Frequency Effects on Synthesis of Cryptomelane-type Manganese Oxide and Catalytic Activity of Cryptomelane Precursor” Journal of Catalysis, 2006, 239, 290-298.
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Position:

NIST Associate
Ceramics Division
Functional Properties Group

Employment History:

2009 – Present: Materials Scientist, NIST
2008 – 2009: Petrophysicist, Schlumberger Carbon Services
2006 – 2007: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Schlumberger-Doll Research
2005: Intern, Schlumberger-Doll Research

Education:

Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2005
M.S., Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2001
B.S., Materials Engineering (Polymers), University Simón Bolívar, Sartenejas, Venezuela, 1999

Contact

Phone: 301-975-8979
Email: laura.espinal@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-5334