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

Corbett J D . 2010. Exploratory Synthesis: The Fascinating and Diverse Chemistry of Polar Intermetallic Phases. Inorganic Chemistry. 49:13-28. abstract
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Leon-Escamilla E A; Dervenagas P; Stassis C; Corbett J D . 2010. Hydrogen in polar intermetallics: Syntheses and structures of the ternary Ca5Bi3D0.93, Yb5Bi3Hx, and Sm5Bi3H similar to 1 by powder neutron or single crystal X-ray diffraction. Journal of Solid State Chemistry. 183:114-119. abstract
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Kim S J; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2010. Zigzag Chains of Alternating Atoms in A(2)AuBi (A = Na, K) and K2AuSb. Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding. Zeitschrift Fur Anorganische Und Allgemeine Chemie. 636:67-73. abstract
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Li B; Kim S J; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2009. Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding in K12Au21Sn4. A Polar Intermetallic Compound with Dense Au-20 and Open AuSn4 Layers. Inorganic Chemistry. 48:11108-11113. abstract
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Li B; Kim S J; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2009. Gold Tetrahedra as Building Blocks in K3Au5Tr (Tr = In, Tl) and Rb2Au3Tl and in Other Compounds: A Broad Group of Electron-Poor Intermetallic Phases. Inorganic Chemistry. 48:6573-6583. abstract
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Dai J C; Gupta S; Gourdon O; Kim H J; Corbett J D . 2009. BaHg2Tl2. An Unusual Polar Intermetallic Phase with Strong Differentiation between the Neighboring Elements Mercury and Thallium. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131:8677-8682. abstract
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Lin Q S; Corbett J D . 2009. Centric and Non-centric Ca3Au similar to 7.5Ge similar to 3.5: Electron-Poor Derivatives of La3Al11. Syntheses, Structures, and Bonding Analyses. Inorganic Chemistry. 48:5403-5411. abstract
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Gupta S; Leon-Escamilla E A; Wang F; Miller G J; Corbett J D . 2009. R(5)Pn(3)-type Phases of the Heavier Trivalent Rare-Earth-Metal Pnictides (Pn = Sb, Bi): New Phase Transitions for Er5Sb3 and Tm5Sb3. Inorganic Chemistry. 48:4362-4371. abstract
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Gupta S; Sordelet D J; Corbett J D . 2009. Structural and compositional investigations of Zr4Pt2O: A filled-cubic Ti2Ni-type phase. Journal of Solid State Chemistry. 182:1708-1712. abstract
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Lin Q S; Corbett J D . 2009. A Chemical Approach to the Discovery of Quasicrystals and Their Approximant Crystals. Controlled Assembly and Modification of Inorganic Systems. 133:1-39. abstract
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