Baber Lab Research Interest


  • Heterogeneous catalysis studies using surface science
  • Gold model and inverse model catalysts studies
  • Role of surface modifications on reactivity

Research Description

The Baber Lab uses ultrahigh vacuum surface science studies to simplify complex catalytic materials to better understand reaction pathways and active sites. Our research utilizes a home-built surface analysis chamber to run temperature programmed desorption and Auger electron spectrometry experiments. We also use atomic force microscopy to characterize the morphology of our surfaces.
We value an inclusive environment that invites all students into our research lab. We seek to include students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious or political affiliation. Since the start of Baber lab, members from different majors, backgrounds, and ideologies have worked together to produce new ideas to approach our research goals and succeed in producing quality work that will propel the scientific community. We believe that diversity is necessary to enrich and strengthen our experiences and collaborations. We seek to hold trust, collaboration, and open communication in our everyday work to cultivate an environment where we are all continuously learning through life and research.  We acknowledge that race is a social construct and that the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color matter. We stand up against racism and will fight intolerant actions to make our lab and community a safe place for all students.

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA