Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Alex Gash

Characterization and Compatibility Group Leader EMC,
Materials Chemist

Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-8618

Ph.D. Chemistry
Colorado State University
B.S. Chemistry
University of California at Davis

Research Interests

  • The application of advanced manufacturing processes to the synthesis, formulation, and fabrication of energetic composites
  • The aging and compatibility characteristics of energetic materials and novel methods for determining such
  • Combustion behavior of energetic nano composites
  • Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of materials for energy storage, catalysis, and optical applications


Defense Programs Award of Excellence (2008)
Nanotech Briefs of Tech Briefs Media Group — Nano 50 Award 2008 (Subject: Energetic Nanocomposites)
ES&H Exceptional Service Award (2006)
CMS Associate Director Award for Excellence in Scientific Publication (2005)
Directorate Award for Multiprogrammatic Scientific/Technical Contributions, May 2002



Barbee T.W.; Simpson, R.L., Gash A.; Satcher J. "NANO-LAMINATE-BASED IGNITORS" US Patent 8,328,967 B2.

Morse, J.; Sopchak, D.; Upadhye, R.; Reynolds, J.; Satcher, J.; Gash, A. "CATALYST FOR MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS MICROEACTORS" US Patent 8,057,988 B2, November 15, 2011.

Pagoria, P.; Maiti, A.; Gash, A.; Han T.J.; Orme C.; Fried L. "METHOD OF USING IONIC LIQUIDS WITH A FLUORIDE ION AS SOLVENTS" US Patent 8,071,813 B2, December 6, 2011.

Gash, A.; Satcher, J.; Simpson, R.; Baumann, T.; Worsley, M. "PYROPHORIC METAL-CARBON FOAM COMPOSITES AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME" US Patent 8,172,964 B2, May 8, 2012.

Tringe, JW, Gash, AE, Barbee TW "Electrical Ignition of an Energetic Nanolaminate Film" US 7,687,746 B2, Date of patent March 09, 2010.

Morse JD; Sopchak AD; Upadhye RS; Satcher JH; Gash, AE Catalyst for Microelectrical Mechanical Systems Microreactors" US Patent 7,744,830 B2, Date of Patent June 29, 2010.

"Inorganic Metal Oxide/Organic Polymer Nanocomposite and Method Thereof" Gash, A.E., Satcher, J.H.; Simpson, R.L. US patent 6712917B2, assigned March 2004.

"Preparation of Hydrophobic Organic Aerogels" Baumann, T.F.; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Gash, A.E. US Patent 6806299B2, assigned October 2004.

"Method for producing nanostructured metal-oxides" Tillotson, T.M..; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Gash, A.E., Simpson, R.L. US Patent 6986818B2, assigned 2005.

"Method for producing high surface area chromia materials for catalysis" Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H., Jr. US Patent 7211607, assigned May 2007.

"Nanoceramics and method thereof" Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Gash, A.E.; Simpson, R.L.; Landingham, R.; Reibold, R.A. US Patent 7,087,544, assigned August 2006.

"Preparation of Hydrophobic Aerogels" Baumann, T.F.; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Gash, A.E. US Patent 7291653B2, assigned 2007.

Recent Publications

"Electrophoretic deposition and mechanistic studies of nano-Al/CuO thermites" K. T. Sullivan, J. D. Kuntz, and A. E. Gash, Journal of Applied Physics 2012, 112(2), 024316.

"Electrophoretic deposition of binary energetic composites" Kyle Thomas Sullivan, Marcus Andre Worsley, Joshua David Kuntz, Alex Eydmann Gash Combustion and Flame, 2012, 159, 2210.

"Electrophoretic deposition of thermites onto micro-engineered electrodes prepared by direct-ink writing" K. T. Sullivan, C. Zhu, J. D. Kuntz, E. B. Duoss, A. E. Gash Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2013, 117(6), 1686.

"A Sol-Gel Methodology for the Preparation of Lanthanide-Oxide Aerogels: Synthesis and Characterization" Brady J. Clapsaddle, Björn Neumann, Arne Wittstock, David W. Sprehn, Alexander E. Gash, Joe H. Satcher, Jr., Randall L. Simpson, and Marcus Bäumer Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 2012, 64(2), 381.

"Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composites Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering", J.D. Kuntz, O. G. Cervantes, A.E. Gash, Z.A. Munir Combustion and Flame 2010, 157, 1566-1571.

"Route to high surface area TiO2/C and TiCN composites" Worsely, M.A.; Kuntz, J.K.; Cervantes, O.; Han, T.Y.; Gash A.E.; Satcher, J.H.; Baumann, T.F. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19 (38), 7146.

"High surface area carbon nanotube-supported titanium carbonitride aerogels" Worsely, M.; Kuntz, J.; Pauzauskie, P.; Cervantes, O; Zaug, J.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H. ; Baumann, T.F. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19 (38), 5503.

"Solubility and recrystallization of 1,3,5-Triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene in 3-ethyl-1-methylimidazolium acetate-DMSO co-solvent system" T. Y. Han, P. F. Pagoria, A. E. Gash, A. Maiti, C. A. Orme, A. R. Mitchell, L. E. Fried New J. Chem. 2009, 33, 50.

"Solvent screening for a hard-to-dissolve molecular crystal" Maiti, A.; Pagoria, P.; Gash A.E.; Han, T.Y.; Orme, C.A.; Gee, R.A.; Fried, L.E. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2008, 10, 5050.

"Electronic structure of chromia aerogels fromsoft x-ray absorption spectroscopy" Kucheyev, S.O.; Sadigh, B.; Baumann, T.F.; Wang, M.; Felter, T.E.; van Buuren, T.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Hamza, A.V. J. Appl. Phys. 2007, 101, 124315.

"A Non-Alkoxide Sol-Gel Method for the Preparation of Homogeneous Nanocrystalline Powders of La0.85Sr0.15MnO3 " Chervin, C.N.; Clapsaddle, B.J.; Chiu, H.W.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Kauzlarich, S.M. Chem. Mater. 2006, 18, 1928.

"Synthesis of nanostructured copper sulfide by cation exchange and liquid crystal templating" Lubeck, C.; Han, Y.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H., Jr.; Doyle, F.M. Adv. Mater. 2006, 18(6), 781.

Prentice, D., Pantoya, M.L., Gash A.E. "Combustion Wave Speeds of Sol-gel Synthesized Tungsten Trioxide and Nano-Aluminum: The Effect of Impurities on Flame Propagation" Energy and Fuels, 2006, 20, 2370.

C. N. Chervin, B. J. Clapsaddle, H. W. Chiu, A.E. Gash, J. H. Satcher Jr., S.M. Kauzlarich,*"The Role of Cyclic Ether and Solvent in a Non-Alkoxide Sol-Gel Synthesis of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles", Chem. Mater. 2006, 18(20), 4865.

"Aerogel Synthesis of Yittria-Stabilized Zirconia by a Non-Alkoxide Sol-Gel Route" Chervin, C.; Clappsaddle, B.J.; Chiu, H.W.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H.; Kauzlarich, S.M. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 3345.

"Facile Synthesis of a Crystalline, High-Surface Area SnO2 Aerogel" Baumann, T.F., Kucheyev, S.O.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H. Adv. Mater. 2005, 17, 1546.

"Burn Rates of Nano-composite Al/ Fe2O3: The Effects of Fe2O3 Particle Synthesis Technique" Plantier, K; Pantoya, M.; Gash, A.E. Combustion and Flame 2005, 140, 299.

Synthesis of High-Surface Area Alumina Aerogels without the Use of Alkoxide Precursors" Baumann, T.F.; Gash, A.E.; Chinn, S.C.; Sawvel, A.M.; Maxwell, R.S.; Satcher, J.H., Jr. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 395.

Book Chapters

Baumann, T.F.; Gash, A.E.; Satcher, J.H. "A Robust Approach to Inorganic Aerogels: The Use of Epoxides in Sol-Gel Synthesis" Aerogels Handbook, Eds. M.A. Aegerter; N. Leventis, M.M. Koebel, Springer 2011: New York.

Gash, A.E.; Simpson R.L.; Satcher, J.H. "Aerogels and sol-gel composites as nano-structured energetic materials"

"Direct Preparation of Nanostructured Energetic Materials Using Sol-gel Methods" by Gash, A.E.; Simpson, R.L. In Defense Applications of Nanomaterials Eds. Miziolek, A.W.; Karna, S.P.; Mauro, J.M.; Vaia, R.A., ACS Symposium Series 891, Oxford University Press, 2005.

"Nanoparticles: Chapter 7" by Gash, A.E.; Simpson, R.L. In Energetic Materials Ed. Teipel, U., Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2005 pp 237-255.

T. F. Baumann, A. E. Gash, G. A. Fox, J. H. Satcher, L. W. Hrubesh "Oxidic Aerogels" in: Handbook of Porous Solids, eds. F. Schüth, K. Sing, J. Weitkamp, Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2002, p. 2014.

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