Faculty Affiliates

Prof. Miquel Salmeron
Prof. Miquel Salmeron

Email: mbsalmeron [at] lbl [dot] gov
Phone: (510) 486-6704
Address: (Office: 66-246)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720 USA
The research in the group of Professor Miquel Salmeron is centered on the nanometer scale chemical, electronic, and mechanical properties of surfaces and interfaces.

Prof. M. Salmeron is a Principal Investigator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley Materials Science and Engineering Department.
M. Salmeron received his B.A. in Physics from the University of Barcelona, and his Ph.D. from the University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain, in 1975. In 1984 he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Divisional Fellow, becoming a Senior Scientist in 1996. His research focuses on atomic scale structure and properties of surfaces and nanomaterials for applications in electronics, catalysis, tribology and environmental science. He has developed novel instrumentation for studies of surface related phenomena, including High Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy for catalysis studies, Scanning Polarization Force Microscopy for studies of liquid films and Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Environmental and Catalysis studies.
He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996 and Fellow of the American Vacuum Society in 2003. He received the Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in Materials Chemistry in 1995, and the Outstanding Research Award in 1996 from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2004 he received the Klaus Halbach Award for the development of innovative instrumentation at the Advanced Light Source. In 2008 he received the Medard Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society and the Langmuir Lectureship Award of the American Chemical Society. In 2010 he received the R&D 100 Award of R&D Magazine. In 2012 he received the MRS Medal Award. In 2015 he received the APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics
Prof. Salmeron is the President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the "Institut Catala de Nanotecnologia" in Barcelona, Spain. He has published 487 Journal articles and book chapters (May 2015).
Dr. Laura Nielsen Lammers
Dr. Laura Nielsen Lammers

Email: lnlammers [at] lbl [dot] gov
Phone: (510) 486-7118
Address: Building 074, Room 0316E, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720 USA
Laura Nielsen Lammers is an Assistant Professor with the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her research interests include environmental geochemistry, crystal growth, mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interfacial processes, and contaminant transport.

The interfaces between solids and fluids have unique physiochemical properties that govern the mobility of elements in the environment. The Lammers lab focuses on identifying and understanding the processes at the solid-fluid interface that control the retention, release, and transformation of species by adsorption, dissolution, and precipitation, and by surface-mediated reactions. They bridge the gap between molecular scale mechanisms and macroscopic processes by coupling computational, theoretical and analytical techniques. The types of research questions they seek to address include,

- How do mineral growth and dissolution, adsorption, and ion exchange regulate elemental fluxes?
- How do nano to molecular scale structures impact bulk mineral and fluid properties, and can we control them?
- What are the optimal surface structures and fluid compositions for contaminant or carbon uptake and/or nutrient release?