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John Vinson (Fed)


My primary interest is first-principles spectroscopy, focusing on near-edge x-ray absorption, emission, and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. Computational spectroscopy provides a direct connection between the structure of a material on the atomic scale to the spectra that can be observed in experiments. I work with groups inside and outside of NIST to help them interpret and understand their measurements. I am also the lead developer of the spectroscopy code OCEAN

If you are a postdoctoral candidate, NIST participates in a centrally-funded postdoc program run through the National Research Council of the National Academies. Positions are open to US citizens, and application deadlines are twice a year on Feb 1 and Aug 1. For more information, click here, visit, or send me an email. 


  • KIT International Excellence Fellow

Selected Publications


Multi-code Benchmark on Ti K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectra of Ti-O Compounds

Fanchen Meng, Benedikt Maurer, Fabian Peschel, Sencer Selcuk, Xiaohui Qu, Mark S Hybertsen, Christian Vorwerk, Claudia Draxl, John Vinson, Deyu Lu
X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is an element-specific materials characterization technique that is sensitive to structural and electronic properties. First

Tracking Active Phase Behavior on Boron Nitride during the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane Using Operando X-Ray Raman Spectroscopy

Melissa Cendejas, Oscar Paredes Mellone, Unni Kurumbail, Zisheng Zhang, Jacob Jansen, Faysal Ibrahim, Son Dong, John Vinson, Anastassia Alexandrova, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Simon Bare, Ive Hermans
Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) is a highly selective catalyst for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane (ODHP) to propylene. Using a variety of ex situ
Created February 26, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022