Lawrie Skinner

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave
Argonne, IL 60439

Phone: 630-252-0243

Fax: 630-252-7392



  • 2013 – present Assistant Research professor SUNY, Stony Brook / Argonne.
  • 2010 – 2013 Postdoc SUNY, Stony Brook / Argonne.
  • 2009 - 2009 Postdoc, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley.
  • 2005 - 2008 PhD in physics, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2001 - 2005 Msci (Hons.) in physics, University of Bristol, UK.

Research Interests:

  • (materials): Understanding liquids and disordered solids at extreme conditions of high temperature (~3000K), high pressure (~GPa), or high electric field (>MV/m). Phenomena we study include: The liquid-glass transition, polyamorphism, liquid-liquid phase transitions, and liquid fragility. Materials of interest include: water, aqueous solutions, cements, high temperature oxide melts, novel silica-free glasses, and geologically or technologically relevant materials.
  • (methodology): Pair distribution function analysis of neutron and high energy x-ray diffraction techniques. Difference techniques, including resonant diffraction, and diffraction with isotopic or isomorphic substitution. Aerodynamic levitation, acoustic levitation, laser heating and high pressure sample environments. Computational modeling, including Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations.

Selected Publications:

  1. Structure of the floating water bridge and water in an electric field.
    Lawrie B. Skinner, Chris J. Benmore, Badri Shyam, J. K. Richard Weber, John B. Parise ,Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, 109, 16463 (2012)
  2. Nanostructure of Calcium Silicate Hydrates in Cements
    Lawrie B. Skinner, S. Rosie Chae, Chris J. Benmore, H. Rudy Wenk, Paulo J. M. Monteiro, Phys. Rev. Letters, 104, 195502 (2012).
  3. Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Supercooled Yttria-Alumina.
    Adrian C. Barnes, Lawrie B. Skinner, P. S. Salmon, et al., Phys. Rev. Letters, 103, 225702 (2012)

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