Research Overview

Our mission is to build a fundamental understanding of chemistry at the gas-surface interface for environmental science, catalysis, and national security.

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Gas-MOF Chemistry and Catalysis

We explore the uptake, diffusion, and reaction of gas-phase molecules within MOFs.

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Titania supported Gold for Photochemistry

We develop mechanisms for photo-oxidation of organic compounds on gold/titania catalysts.

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Multidisciplinary Research for Agent Decomposition (MultiRAD)

MultiRad is a team of five institutions focused on developing catalysts for the destruction of chemical warfare agents.

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Molecular Beam Scattering

Molecular beam methods are employed to track the reaction mechanisms of highly oxidizing pollutants on organic surfaces

The Group

The Morris Group is composed of graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs from around the country and world, each with a keen interest in chemical reaction dynamics.

Visit our laboratory anytime. We can be found on the lowest floor of Hahn Hall: 005 Hahn Hall South.

Our objective is to help develop a fundamental understanding of interfacial chemical reactions, communicate our discoveries to the scientific community, and advance the critical thinking, problem solving, and scientific abilities of each student, empowering individuals to pursue their professional goals.

Students interested in joining the Morris Group or simply learning more about our research should contact John: morris(at)vt.edu

Group Members

Darren Driscoll

Darren Driscoll

Stacy Farley

Stacy Farley

Tyler Grissom

Tyler Grissom

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

John Morris

John Morris

Dimitar (Mitko) Panayotov

Dimitar (Mitko) Panayotov

Richard Petty

Richard Petty

Nick Sapienza

Nick Sapienza

Conor Sharp

Conor Sharp

Cecilia Smith

Cecilia Smith

Guanyu Wang

Guanyu Wang

Publication HIghlights