John Corbett

353 Spedding Hall
The Ames Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-3020
Phone 515-294-3086
Fax 515-294-6789

Research Interests

  • Exploratory solid state synthesis
  • Polar intermetallics and Zintl phases, structure and bonding
  • Relationships of approximants and quasicrystals
  • Metal-metal bonding

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Washington, 1952
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Washington, 1948

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 1985 A. V. Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1985

DOE Awards:

  • 2007 Terrae Rarae Award
  • 2005 F. H. Spedding Award in Rare-Earth Research
  • 1995 Sustained Outstanding Research
  • 1992 National Academy of Sciences
  • 1987 Outstanding Scientific Accomplishments in Materials Chemistry

ACS Awards:

  • 2008 F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2000 Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry
  • 1988 John C. Bailar, Jr. Medal
  • 1986 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1986 Inorganic Chemistry
  • 1985 Midwest (ACS) Award
  • 1984 Iowa Medalist Award (ACS)

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Smetana V; Corbett J D; Miller G J . 2013. Na8Au9.8(4)Ga7.2 and Na17Au15.87(2)Ga46.63: The diversity of pseudo 5-fold 0 Cross Mark symmetries in the Na-Au-Ga system. Journal of Solid State Chemistry. 207:21-28. abstract
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Smetana V; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2013. Polyclusters and Substitution Effects in the Na-Au-Ga System: Remarkable Sodium Bonding Characteristics in Polar Intermetallics. Inorganic Chemistry. 52:12502-12510. abstract
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Gulo F; Samal S L; Corbett J D . 2013. Substantial Cd-Cd Bonding in Ca6PtCd11: A Condensed Intermetallic Phase Built of Pentagonal Cd, and Rectangular Cd4/2Pt Pyramids. Inorganic Chemistry. 52:10112-10118. abstract
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Samal S L; Gulo F; Corbett J D . 2013. Cluster Chemistry in Electron-Poor Ae-Pt-Cd Systems (Ae = Ca, Sr, Ba): (Sr,Ba)Pt2Cd4, Ca6Pt8Cd16, and Its Known Antitype Er6Pd16Sb8. Inorganic Chemistry. 52:2697-2704. abstract
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Samal S L; Pandey A; Johnston D C; Corbett J D . 2013. Y3MnAu5: Three Distinctive d-Metal Functions in an Intergrown Cluster Phase. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 135:910-917. abstract
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Samal S L; Corbett J D . 2012. Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding Analysis of the Polar Intermetallic Phase Ca2Pt2Cd. Zeitschrift Fur Anorganische Und Allgemeine Chemie. 638:1963-1969. abstract
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Ge M H; Corbett J D . 2012. Crystal structure of hendecaytterbium ditin octabismuthide, Bi8Sn2Yb11. Zeitschrift Fur Kristallographie-New Crystal Structures. 227:283-284. abstract
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Samal S L; Lin Q S; Corbett J D . 2012. Two Homologous Intermetallic Phases in the Na-Au-Zn System with Sodium Bound in Unusual Paired Sites within 1D Tunnels. Inorganic Chemistry. 51:9395-9402. abstract
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Lin Q S; Smetana V; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2012. Conventional and Stuffed Bergman-Type Phases in the Na-Au-T (T=Ga, Ge, Sn) Systems: Syntheses, Structures, Coloring of Cluster Centers, and Fermi Sphere-Brillouin Zone Interactions. Inorganic Chemistry. 51:8882-8889. abstract
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Smetana V; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2012. Three Alkali-Metal-Gold-Gallium Systems. Ternary Tunnel Structures and Some Problems with Poorly Ordered Cations. Inorganic Chemistry. 51:7711-7721. abstract
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