Staff Scientist
Materials Science Division
Phone: +19254243583


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Case Western University, 1986
  • SM., SB., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977

Research Interests

My research interests include colloid and interfacial chemistry of inorganic materials; and processing and performance of optical materials, coatings and protective films in severe environments. I provide the systems engineering interface to ensure the laser optics can support the physics experiments on the National Ignition Facility.

Selected Publications

  1. Beeler, R; Casey, A; Conder, A, et al. "Shot planning and analysis tools on the NIF project", Fusion Eng. Des., 87, 2020-2023, (2012).
  2. Kegelmeyer, LM; Clark, R; Leach, RR, et al. "Automated optics inspection analysis for NIF", Fusion Eng. Des., 87, 2120-2124, (2012).
  3. P.K. Whitman, D. Hahn, T. Soules, M. Norton, S. Dixit, G. Donohue, J. Folta, W. Hollingsworth, M. Maienschein-Cline, "Performance of Thin Borosilicate Glass Sheets at 351-nm," Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2004, SPIE Vol. 5647, 333-342 (2005).
  4. P. Wegner, J. Auerbach, T. Biesiada, S. Dixit, J. Lawson, J. Menapace, T. Parham, D. Swift, P. Whitman, W. Williams, "NIF final optics system: frequency conversion and beam conditioning," SPIE 2004 V.1 5314-3, (2004).
  5. T.I. Suratwala, M.L. Hanna, E.L. Miller, P.K. Whitman, I.M. Thomas, P.R. Ehrmann, R.S. Maxwell, A.K. Burnham, "Surface Chemistry and Trimethylsilyl Functionalization of Stöber Silica Sols in Solution " J. Non-Cryst. Sol. 316, 349-363 (2003).
  6. De Yoreo, JJ; Burnham, AK; Whitman, PK. "Developing KH2PO4 and KD2 PO4 crystals for the world's most powerful laser", Int. Mater. Rev., 47, 113-152, (2002).