Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ivy Krystal Jones

Postdoctoral Appointment
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-3016

Ph.D. Physics
Hampton University
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
Tuskegee University
M.Sc. Physics
Hampton University
M.Sc. Biotechnology & Chemical Sciences
Roosevelt University
B.S. Chemistry
Tuskegee University

Personal Background

Dr. Ivy Krystal Jones completed her MS and PhD degree in Physics from Hampton University at the Crystal Physics Laboratory in 2009 and 2015. She received two MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biotechnology & Chemical Sciences from Tuskegee University and Roosevelt University in 2009 and 2003. She obtained her BS and BA in Chemistry and Psychology from Tuskegee University in 2001. While her dissertation research focused on solid-state eye safe low phonon halide laser crystal material development, she has worked in the past on multidisciplinary research projects from bioengineering molecular ligation techniques to the evaluation of hybrid space-survivable nanocomposites. In 2016 she joined the Physics Division at LLNL as a S & E Post-Doctoral Researcher Staff Member and is working with the Material Science Division under the Designer Materials and Applications section and in the Sensor Materials and Measurement group. Her research will involve working on synthetic procedures and processing methods to yield transparent ceramics for current scintillator projects related to medical applications and detection of radiological sources utilizing garnet scintillators as well as the discovery of new types of oxide and halide scintillator materials. Ivy is also interested in studying condensed matter physics specifically on high pressure experimental techniques.

Research Interests

  • Radiation detectors – scintillators, semiconductors, gamma, and neutron
  • Laser materials – optics, applied and basic physics, and chemistry
  • Novel scintillator materials – gamma ray spectroscopy and radiographic imaging instrumentation
  • High pressure physics – ultrahigh pressure diamond anvil cell work and associated diagnostics
  • Spectroscopic analysis and techniques – IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, visible absorption/transmission spectroscopy, X-ray scattering and diffraction, and inelastic scattering
  • General research interests include: pressure-induced phase transitions and kinetics, dynamics of materials under extreme conditions, actinide science, laser/matter interactions, material science, material characterization, material chemistry & physics, and materials synthesis and processing

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Space Grant Fellow
  • Alabama EPSCoR GRSP Graduate Fellow
  • MS PHD'S Professional Development Program Cohort VII
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • NASA Student Ambassador Cohort II
  • XSEDE Scholars Program Cohort II
  • NeXXt Scholar Mentor Fellow Program Cohort II
  • 2004 – 2006
  • 2006 – 2008
  • 2009 – 2011
  • 2009 – 2015
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 2012 – 2013
  • 2013 – 2014

Selected Publications

U. Hömmerich, I. K. Jones, A. G. Bluiett, S. B. Trivedi and R. T. Shah, "Crystal growth and infrared spectroscopy of Cr:Cd1-XZnXTe and Cr:Cd1-XMgXTe", Journal of Crystal Growth, Vol. 287, pg. 243-247, 2006.

U. Hömmerich, I. K. Jones, Ei Ei Nyein, and S. B. Trivedi, "Comparison of the optical properties of diffusion-doped polycrystalline Cr:ZnSe and Cr:CdTe windows", Journal of Crystal Growth, Vol. 287, pg. 450-453, 2006.

I. K. Jones, Y. X. Zhou, S. Jeelani, and J. M. Mabry, "Effect of polyhedral-oligomeric-sil-sesquioxanes on thermal and mechanical behavior of SC-15 epoxy", eXPRESS Polymer Letter, Vol. 2, No. 7, pg. 494-501, 2008.

Ivy Krystal Jones, EiEi Brown, and Uwe Hömmerich, "Purification, Crystal Growth, and Spectral Properties of Praseodymium Doped Lead Chloride", Condensed Matter-Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetics, and Optical Properties", AIP Conf. Proc. Vol. 1517, pg. 227, 2013.

Ivy K. Jones, Uwe Hömmerich, EiEi Brown, and Sudhir B. Trivedi, "Spectroscopic properties of Pr-doped PbCl2 for eye-safe 1.6 µm laser applications", Proc. SPIE 8959, Solid-State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices; 8959IT (February 28, 2014).

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