Naval Research Laboratory
My first research position following my Ph.D. was at the Laboratory for Structure of Matter at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC working for Dr. Jerome Karle, who would eventually receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the Direct Method of Crystal Structure Analysis. All technical publications can be found in my Google Scholar.
My Ph.D. thesis was in the field of Infrared Spectroscopy. When I began my scientific career at the prestigious Laboratory for Structure of Matter, I joined the electron diffraction group and it took a couple of years to learn how to determine the molecular structure of a sample in the gaseous phase.
Following my research on small molecules in the gas phase, I worked on the structure of amorphous solids like silica glass and other amorphous solids. This paper elucidated the long range order in silica glass as compared with several crystalline forms.
This was my first study of a crystalline material in the powder form, as opposed to single crystal form. The paper studies the failure mechanism in lead acid batteries.
Nanodiffraction data was collected from overlapping regions of crystalline samples with an accuracy that permits the positions of the atoms within the scanned region to be determined with an accuracy of several tenths of an angstrom.