Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Joe Zaug

Staff Chemist
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-4428

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry
University of Washington, Seattle
B.S. Minor in Physics
Illinois Institute of Technology

Present Position

Staff Chemist, Group Founder of the LLNL High Pressure Material Science team at LLNL. Principal Investigator, Equation of state and reaction chemistry of supercritical fluids and energetic materials.

Research Interests

The study of time resolved chemical, physical, and general material science phenomena in the realm of extreme pressure and/or temperature conditions. Development of diagnostic tools employed to advance our understanding of extreme condition and/or ultrafast materials science.

Education History

  • 05/88-12/94, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry)
  • 08/83-05/88, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, B.S. (Chemistry, Physics minor)

Employment History

  • Research Scientist, Experimental team leader, and founder of the High Pressure Chemistry Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 1999-present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 1997-1998
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 1995-1997
  • Graduate Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 1994
  • Graduate Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1988-1993

Professional Memberships

Professional Honors and Awards

  • 2006, DOE award for outstanding experiments supporting a DOE Campaign-2 L-2 milestone
  • 2005, Excellence in Publication Award, LLNL-UC, Chemistry & Material Science
  • 2004-2005, $150K award (each yr.) for inter laboratory collaborations to establish a HP DAC end-station at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • 2004, $500K Capital Equipment Award DOE-LLNL-UC, Chemistry & Material Science
  • 2000, $500K Defence and Nuclear Technology Capital Equipment Award, DOE-LLNL
  • 1999, Advanced Diagnostics Achievement Award, DNT, LLNL-UC
  • 1999, Post Doctoral Ombudsman Program Service Award, LLNL-UC
  • 1999, 1st place presentation award, Eleventh International Detonation Symposium, Aspen, CO
  • 1990, Chevron Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Washington, Dept. of Chemistry
  • Reviewer:PRL, Phys. Rev. B, JPC A/B, J. Cond. Matt., J. Chem. phys., PEP

Synergistic Activities

  • 2006, Selected as the Extreme Chemistry session chair and publication referee for the 13th International Detonation Symposium, Norfolk VA, July 24-28, 2006
  • 2006-2009, American Physical Society Nomination, Shock Compression of Condensed Materials selection committee for the 2007 Shock Compression Science Award
  • 2005-present, UC-LLNL liaison to the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES)
  • 2004-present, SSRL, LCLS committee member, Warm Dense Matter Working Group.
  • 2003-present, Carnegie/DOE Alliance Center, CDAC, Steering Committee member
  • 2002-2005, NNSA Stockpile Stewardship Academic Alliance Review Board
  • 2001-present, Technical liaison to the Advanced Light Source high pressure group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


65 publications spanning peer review journals/magazines, book manuscripts, reviewed conference proceedings, internal DoD/DOE reports, and records of invention.

Invited Talks

1994-present: 100+ lectures presented at Universities, National Laboratories, Corporations, and Conferences. Invited lectures from 2007-1997 are included.

Extreme Chemistry Group:
Experimental Capabilities and Expertise

A description of our experimental group's expertise and diagnostic capabilities. [pdf]

List of Collaborators

More than 60 collaborators over the last 48 months.

Extreme Chemistry Experimental Group Projects

A selection of currently funded R&D Efforts.

Academic and Laboratory Instructor

Leadership Experience

Technical Skills and Practical Experience

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