Phenomena of the energetic material initiation usually associate with the energy concentration, or so-called “hot spot” generation. When generated, hot spots either disappear or sustain explosive growth leading to widespread ignition in energetic... read more

The Dlott group is interested in studying materials that respond to shock waves by undergoing chemical transformations and understanding the underlying mechanisms that govern these reactions. Shock waves are nearly discontinuous changes in... read more

Shock compression of materials leads to wide number of physical and chemical changes. In our group we use novel techniques for spectroscopically studying changes in materials under nanosecond shock impact. We use nanosecond time-resolved laser... read more

This project seeks to understand how the arrival of a steep shock front (< a few picoseconds) transfers energy to molecular materials and causes them to undergo structural and chemical rearrangements. In past years the technology needed to... read more

Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized transportable power but in order to realize the potential of transportable energy storage, the storage capacity of these batteries needs to be improved by perhaps an order of magnitude. The US Department... read more

Water’s weird and anomalous properties near ambient conditions have been explored in the past; however, its behavior under extreme pressure and temperature still remains a mystery. A rough outline of the equation of state for water is known, but... read more

This work is a collaborative effort between the Dlott spectroscopy group and Dioxide Materials, a company founded by Prof. Richard Masel. In the conventional photosynthesis-fuel cycle, sunlight causes green plants to grow. The growth involves... read more

Diamond anvil cell (DAC) is a convenient tool to subject small specimen (0.01 mm3) to high pressures (GPa to TPa). In the simplest form, it consists of two opposed diamond anvils pressing against each other with a metal gasket in between. The... read more