Alexandra Navrotsky

Professor Alex Navrotsky

Professor Alex Navrotsky

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Alexandra Navrotsky's research interests lie at the intersection of solid state chemistry, geochemistry, and materials science. The fundamental question that gives unity to a diverse set of studies (over two hundred papers) on materials ranging from oxide superconductors to silicates deep in the Earth's mantle is "why does a given structure form for a specific composition, pressure and temperature?" The "why" involves relating thermodynamic properties, structural parameters, and chemical bonding in a systematic fashion. At Arizona State University in the 1970's and 80's, at Princeton from 1985 to 1997, and at UC Davis since 1997, Navrotsky has built a unique high temperature calorimetry facility, designed and improved on the instrumentation, and developed and applied methods for measuring the energetics of crystalline oxides, of glasses, amorphous, and nanophase and porous materials, of hydrous phases and carbonates, and, more recently, of nitrides and oxynitrides. The thermochemical data obtained are essential to understanding materials compatibility and reactivity in both technological and geological application, but, more fundamentally, the energetics offer insight into chemical bonding, order-disorder reactions, and phase transitions. 
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Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • W. David Kingery Award, American Ceramic Society (2016)
  • V.M. Goldschmidt Award, Geochemical Society (2016)
  • Alfred R. Cooper Distinguished Lecture, The American Ceramic Society, Materials Science & Technology Conference (2013)
  • William Mong Distinguished Lecture, University of Hong Kong (2013)
  • Cecil and Ida Green Senior Fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (2012)
  • Featured Manuscript in the Journal of the American Ceramics Society - Thermochemistry of Lanthana- and Yttria-Doped Thoria (2011)
  • American Philosophical Society (2011)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Fellow (2009)
  • Best University Paper Award, DOE Geoscience Grantee Meeting (2009)
  • Roebling Medal of Mineralogical Society of America (2009)
  • Outstanding Engineering Senior Career Research Award – University of California, Davis (2007)
  • Sloan Faculty Distinguished Service Award - University of California, Davis (2007)
  • Harry H. Hess Medal, American Geophysical Union (2006)
  • Rossini Award, International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (2006)
  • Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award, American Ceramic Society (2005)
  • Urey Medal, European Association of Geochemistry (2005)
  • Fellow, The Minerological Society, Great Britain (2004)
  • Highly Cited Researchers Award, ISI Thomson Scientific (2002)
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science (2002)
  • Best Paper Award of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division, American Ceramic Society (2001)
  • American Ceramic Society Fellow (2001)
  • Ceramic Educational Council Outstanding Educator Award (2000)
  • Hugh Huffman Memorial Award, The Calorimetry Conference (2000)
  • Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, Gordon Research Conference (2000)
  • Geochemical Society Fellow (1997)
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society Fellow (1995)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Uppsala, Sweden (1995)
  • President, Mineralogical Society of America (1992-1993)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (1993)
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow (1988)
  • Mineralogical Society of America Award and Fellow (1981)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1973)
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (1967)

Representative Publications

  • “White Si-O-C Ceramic: Structure and Thermodynamic Stability” A. H. Tavakoli, M. Armentrout, M. Narisawa, S. Sen, and A. Navrotsky, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 98, 242-246 (2015).
  • “Combined Computational and Experimental Investigation of the Refractory Properties of La2Zr2O7” Q.-J. Hong, S. V. Ushakov, A. Navrotsky, A. v. d. Walle, Acta Mater., 84, 275-282 (2015).
  • “Energetics of CO2 Adsorption on Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides and Related Mixed Metal Oxides” S. Radha and A. Navrotsky, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 29836-29844 (2014).
  • “Energetics of Metastudtite and Implications for Nuclear Waste Alternation” X. Guo, S. V. Ushakov, S. Labs, H. Curtius, D. Bosbach, and A. Navrotsky, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 111, 17737-17742 (2014).
  • “Energetics of Confinement of Hexane in Ca-Na Ion Exchanged Zeolite A” H. Sun, D. Wu, X. Guo, B. Shen, J. Liu, and A. Navrotsky, J. Phys. Chem., 118, 25590-25596 (2014).
  • “Progress and New Directions in Calorimetry: A 2014 Perspective” A. Navrotsky, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 97, 3349-3359 (2014).
  • “Thermochemistry of Nanodiamond Terminated by Oxygen Containing Functional Gropus” G. C. C. Costa, O. Shenderova, V. Mochalin, Y. Gogotsi, and A. Navrotsky, Carbon, 80, 544-550 (2014).
  • “Energetics of Formation and Hydration of a Porous Metal Organic Nanotube” S. K. Sahu, D. K. Unruh, T. Z. Forbes, and A. Navrotsky, Chem. Mater., 26, 5105-5112 (2014).
  • “Energetics of CO2 and H2O Adsorption on Nano-ZnO Prepared by Laser Evaporation” D. Gouvea, S. V. Ushakov, and A. Navrotsky, Langmuir, 30, 9091-9097 (2014).
  • “Defect Chemistry of Singly and Doubly Doped Ceria: Correlation between Ion Transport and Energetics" S. Buyukkilic, S. Kim, and A. Navrotsky, Angew. Chem., 126, 9671-9675 (2014).
  • “Energy Landscape of Self-Assembled Superlattices of PbSe Nanocrystals” Z. Quan, D. Wu, J. Zhu, W. H. Evers, J. M. Boncella, L. D. A. Siebbeles, Z. Wang, A. Navrotsky, and H. Xu, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 111, 9054-9057 (2014).
  • “Thermochemistry, Morphology, and Optical Characterization of Germanium Allotropes” J. V. Zaikina, E. Muthuswamy, K. I. Lilova, Z. M. Gibbs, M. Zeilinger, G. J. Snyder, T. F. Fassler, A. Navrotsky and S. M. Kauzlarich, Chem. Mater., 26, 3263-3271 (2014).
  • “Rapidly Reversible Redox Transformation in Nanophase Manganese Oxides at Room Temperature Triggered by Changes in Hydration” N. Birkner and A. Navrotsky, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 111, 6209-6214 (2014).
  • “Possible Correlation Between Enthalpies of Formation and Redox Potentials in LiMSO4OH (M= Co, Fe, Mn), Li-ion Polyanionic Battery Cathode Materials” A. V. Radha, C. V. Subban, M. L. Sun, J. M. Tarascon, and A. Navrotsky, J. Mat. Chem. A, 2, 6887-6894 (2014).
  • “The Energy Landscape of Uranyl Peroxide Species” E. Tiferet, A. Gil, C. Bo, T. Y. Shvareva, M. Nyman, and A. Navrotsky, Chem. Eur. J., 20, 3646-3651 (2014).