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Peter Beaucage (Fed)

Chemical Engineer

Peter Beaucage is a Chemical Engineer working jointly between the NIST Center for Neutron Research and the Materials Science & Engineering Division, with a focus on developing automated and autonomous experimental systems for small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering (SANS/SAXS).  Significant efforts include the nSoft Autonomous Formulation Laboratory, with other programs in resonant soft X-ray scattering and polyolefin identification for the circular economy.  

His NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Functional Polymers Group involved application of X-ray and neutron techniques (RSoXS, SANS, SAXS, GIWAXS, QENS) to probe local chemical structure and orientation in polyamide reverse osmosis membranes, in addition to application of a variety of in situ and high-throughput synchrotron techniques to materials problems from organic electronics to soft matter phase formulations.

Peter's Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University focused on making superconductors with 3D mesoscale order using block copolymers. He worked closely with Profs. Uli Wiesner, Sol Gruner, Frank DiSalvo, and R. Bruce van Dover at the intersection of block copolymer-derived hybrid materials, advanced synchrotron X-ray characterization, and solid-state chemistry. He also developed a variety of collaborations centering on characterization of nanostructure formation in materials by in situ X-ray and neutron scattering. His broader interests lie in the convergence of custom nanomaterials synthesis and advanced characterization to solve the global challenges of energy, water, and healthcare required to sustainably support a population rising above 10 billion.

Peter is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he recieved his B.S. in Chemical Engineering cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. During undergraduate, he focused on quantification of mesoscale order in graphene oxide and related two-dimensional materials, on technique development for ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering, and on elucidation of structure formation mechanisms in self-assembled sucrose-based drug delivery systems.

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NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-2017)

DoE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2017-2018)


X-ray Scattering Studies of Reverse Osmosis Materials

Qinyi Fu, Nisha Verma, Benjamin S. Hsiao, Francisco J. Medellin-Rodriguez, Peter Beaucage, Christopher Stafford, Benjamin M. Ocko
Scarcity of freshwater is becoming a world crisis. In a recent annual risk report, the World Economic Forum lists it in their greatest global risk category
Created September 5, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021