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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Trace Analysis Testing and Verification of Energetic Materials


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Chemistry

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64.15.15.B7825 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Braden C Giordano 202.404.6320
Kevin Johnson 202.404.5407
Steven G Tuttle 202.767.0810


Research projects focus on developing analytical methods for accurate generation and verification of trace explosives and/or headspace analysis of vapors of explosives or other hazardous materials. Projects will utilize gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and may include other analytical instrumentation such as ion chromatography, liquid chromatography, ion mobility spectroscopy.

Examples of PI previous research include:

Giordano BC, Field CR, et. al.; Trace explosives vapor generation and quantitation at parts per quadrillion concentrations. Analytical Chemistry 88, 3747-3753 (2016).

Collins GE, Giordano BC, et. al.; Trace explosives sensor testbed (TESTbed). Review of Scientific Instruments 88, 034104 (2017).

DeGreeff LE, Cerreta MM, Katilie CJ; Variation in the headspace of bulk hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) with time, environment, and formulation. Forensic Chemistry 4, 41-50 (2017).

DeGreeff LE, et. al.; Passive delivery of mixed explosives vapor from separated components. Forensic Chemistry 4, 19-31 (2017).

Katilie CJ, Simon AG, DeGreeff LE; Quantitative analysis of vaporous ammnia by online derivatization with gas chromatography - mass spectrometry with applications to ammonium nitrate-based explosives. Talanta 193, 87-92 (2019).

Energetic materials; Explosives; Vapor detection; Trace detection; Gas chromatography; Mass spectrometry; Sensors; Headspace analysis


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$89,834.00 $3,000.00
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