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Opportunity at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD)

Reaction Acceleration of Energetic Materials via Mass Spectrometry Ion Sources


Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Research Dept., Chemistry Division

RO# Location
34.01.01.C0366 China Lake, CA 93555


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Benjamin G. Harvey 760.939.0247


This opportunity focuses on the accelerated synthesis of energetics through confined volume methodologies. Research will be conducted on mass spectrometry ion sources to generate confined volumes for acceleration. Comparisons of acceleration across reaction classes and ion sources will be determined. Several ion sources will be used to generate the confined volumes including paper spray ionization, desorption electrospray ionization, easy ambient sonic spray ionization, electrospray ionization, and nanoelectrospray ionization. Leidenfrost droplets, although not an ion source, will also be explored as an environment for accelerated synthesis. The NAWCWD Chemistry Department maintains a variety of analytical equipment to support this area of research including several mass, NMR, Raman, and FTIR spectrometers, as well as a single crystal X-ray diffraction facility.

Reaction Acceleration; Confined Volumes; Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry; Synthesis; Energetic Materials; Analytical Chemistry


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$65,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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