David Morris


Director, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies

Phone 505-665-6487
Fax 505-665-9030

P.O. Box 1663, MS K771
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545


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Education and Training

Undergraduate: North Carolina State University  BS, Chemistry, 1978
Graduate: North Carolina State University, PhD, Analytical Chemistry, 1984


In addition to his current duties as CINT Director and Center Leader for CINT in the Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos, Dr. Morris is actively engaged in collaborative research in organoactinide chemistry and f-element spectroscopy and electrochemistry. His research activities have ranged from photophysics of transition-metal complexes for solar energy harvesting to characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for hydrocarbon refinement to environmental fate and transport of priority metal pollutants. In all these research areas his focus has been on the elucidation of structure/function relationships through applications of conventional and laser-based spectral probes and electrochemical diagnostics.

Selected Publications

  • Synthesis, Structure, Spectroscopy, and Redox Energetics of a Series of Uranium(IV) Mixed-Ligand Metallocene Complexes. R. K. Thomson, B. L. Scott, D. E. Morris, and J. L. Kiplinger. Comptes Rendus Chimie 2010, in press..
  • Uranium Azide Photolysis Results in C-H Bond Activation and Provides Evidence for a Terminal Uranium Nitride. R. K. Thomson, T. Cantat, B. L. Scott, D. E. Morris, E. R. Batista, and J. L. Kiplinger. Nature Chemistry 2010, in press.
  • Nature of Bonding in Complexes Containing “Supershort” Metal-Metal Bonds. Raman and Theoretical Study of M2(dmp)4 [M = Cr (Natural Abundance Cr, 50Cr, and 54Cr) and Mo; dmp = 2,6-Dimethoxyphenyl]. R. E. Da Re, J. L. Eglin, C. N. Carlson, K. D. John, D. E. Morris,| W. H. Woodruff, J. A. Bailey, E. Batista, R. L. Martin, F. A.Cotton, E. A. Hillard, C. A. Murillo, A. P. Sattelberger, and R. J. Donohoe. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1839-1847.
  • Comparative Study of f-Element Electronic Structure across a Series of Multimetallic Actinide and Lanthanoid-Actinide Complexes Possessing Redox-Active Bridging Ligands. E. J. Schelter, R. Wu, J. M. Veauthier, E. D. Bauer, C. H. Booth, R. K. Thomson, C. R. Graves, K. D. John, B. L. Scott, J. D. Thompson, D. E. Morris, and J. L. Kiplinger. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 1995-2007.
  • Actinide Redox-Active Ligand Complexes: Reversible Intramolecular Electron-Transfer in U(dpp-BIAN)2/U(dpp-BIAN)2(THF). E. J. Schelter, R. Wu, B. L. Scott, J. D. Thompson, T. Cantat, K. D. John, E. R. Batista, D. E. Morris, and J. L. Kiplinger. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 924-933.
  • Selenate and Tellurate Complexes of Pentavalent Uranium. C. R. Graves, B. L. Scott, D. E. Morris, and J. L. Kiplinger. Chem. Commun. 2009, 776-778.
  • What a Difference a 5f Element Makes: Trivalent and Tetravalent Uranium Halide Complexes Supported by One and Two Bis[2-(diisopropylphosphino)-4-methylphenyl]amido Ligands. T. Cantat, B. L. Scott, D. E. Morris, and J. L. Kiplinger. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 2114-2127.