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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)


Correlating Near-Infrared Spectra to Bulk Properties in Polyolefins

Bradley Sutliff, Shailja Goyal, Tyler Martin, Peter Beaucage, Debra Audus, Sara Orski
The industry standard for sorting plastic wastes is near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, which offers rapid and nondestructive identification of various plastics

Correlating the Diffusion of Water in Model Polyamides with Controlled Crosslink Densities to the Performance in Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Desalination

Velencia Witherspoon, Kanae Ito, Chad R. Snyder, Madhusudan (Madhu) Tyagi, Tyler Martin, Peter Beaucage, Ryan Nieuwendaal, Richard Vallery, David Gidley, Jeffrey Wilbur, Dean Welsh, Christopher Stafford, Christopher Soles
To elucidate robust design cues for improving the active polyamide (PA) filtration layers in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane for desalination, we systematically

Orientation of Thin Polyamide Layer-by-Layer Films on Non-Porous Substrates

Tawanda J. Zimudzi, Sarah E. Sheffield, Kathleen E. Feldman, Peter Beaucage, Dean DeLongchamp, Douglas I. Kushner, Christopher Stafford, Michael A. Hickner
The orientation of polyamide thin films on non-porous substrates was investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and corroborated by near
Created September 5, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022