Physics Faculty Research
David Horner is a physical chemist with interests in computational materials science and computational quantum chemistry. For over 20 years he has carried out research in the multi-disciplinary Molecular Materials group at Argonne National Laboratory, including computational modeling of the growth of diamond films and interactions of carbon nanotubes with diamond surfaces. He also has research experience in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and experimental chemical kinetics.
Prof. Blooms research area is experimental particle physics, since arriving at NCC he has expanded his interests to include astrophysics, cosmology, astronomy and most recently climate science. In addition to teaching across the physics curriculum, he also teach astronomy and has recently developed a course on climate change. He mentors students in summer research doing a variety of projects in particle physics data reduction and in constructing a radio telescope.
Prof. Mauro's work focusing on using x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques to understand phase transformations and utilize that understanding for a variety of applications. His current interests focus on Ionic Liquids, materials for ion-battery technology, and metallic glasses and liquids. In addition to our in-house x-ray diffractometer (PANalytical Empyrean) I make use of the Advanced Photon Source, the Spallation Neutron Source, and other user facilities, where my students and I regularly carry out experiments.