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Donald Degarmo Hickmott

Donald Hickmott

Phone (505) 667-8753


I am currently the LANL/Chevron Alliance Fellow in the Feynman Center for Innovation. I act as a liaison between Los Alamos researchers and oil and gas industry partners, particularly Chevron. I also have technical expertise in fields such as:  environmental cleanup technologies, subsurface science, Earth Science, microanalysis using SIMS and micro-PIXE, gas separation and storage materials such as clathrates and MOFs, and applications of neutron & synchrotron methods to materials, Earth, and energy problems.


       Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Geochemistry

B.A. Amherst College - Geology - summa cum laude


LANL Positions

3/10-present     Technical Program Manager IV – EES-DO, EES-14, TT-DO, FCI 1/08-3/10          Group Leader/R&D Manager IV – EES-6, EES-14 10/01-1/08        Deputy Group Leader – EES-6 5/92-10/01        Staff Member - EES-1, EES-6 9-89-5/92          Director's Posdoctoral Fellow  


Professional Societies

Member: American Geophyical Union

Member: Mineralogical Society of America

Member: American Association of Petroleum Geologists



[Zhao, YS * Xu, HW * Daemen, LL * Lokshin, K * Tait, KT * Mao, WL * Luo, JH * Currier, RP * Hickmott, DD], "High-pressure/low-temperature neutron scattering of gas inclusion compounds: Progress and prospects", PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Vol.104, iss.14, p.5727-5731, APR 3 2007.

[Xu, H. * Zhao, Y. * Vogel, S.C. * Daemen, L.L. * Hickmott, D.D.], "Anisotropic thermal expansion and hydrogen bonding behavior of portlandite: A high-temperature neutron diffraction study", Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Vol.180, iss.4, p.1519-1525, April 2007.

[Xu, HW * Zhang, JZ * Zhao, YS * Guthrie, GD * Hickmott, DD * Navrotsky, A], "Compressibility and pressure-induced amorphization of guest-free melanophlogite: An in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study", AMERICAN MINERALOGIST, Vol.92, iss.1, p.166-173, JAN 2007.

[Xu, HW * Zhao, YS * Zhang, JZ * Hickmott, DD * Daemen, LL], "In situ neutron diffraction study of deuterated portlandite Ca(OD)(2) at high pressure and temperature", PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF MINERALS, Vol.34, iss.4, p.223-232, MAY 2007.

[Newman, BD * Hickmott, DD * Gram, P], "Flow and high explosives transport in a semiarid mesa in New Mexico, USA", VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, Vol.6, iss.4, p.774-785, NOV 2007.

[Hickmott, DD * Xu, H * Zhao, Y * Luo, J * Lokshin, K * Mao, W], "Applications of neutron diffraction studies at LANSCE to environmental and energy problems", GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Vol.73, iss.13, suppl.S, p.A529-A529, JUN 2009.

[Xu, HW * Zhao, YS * Zhang, JZ * Wang, YJ * Hickmott, DD * Daemen, LL * Hartl, MA * Wang, LP], "Anisotropic elasticity of jarosite: A high-P synchrotron XRD study", AMERICAN MINERALOGIST, Vol.95, iss.1, p.19-23, JAN 2010.

[Xu, HW * Zhao, YS * Vogel, SC * Hickmott, DD * Daemen, LL * Hartl, MA], "Thermal expansion and decomposition of jarosite: a high-temperature neutron diffraction study", PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF MINERALS, Vol.37, iss.2, p.73-82, FEB 2010.

[Zou, RQ * Abdel-Fattah, AI * Xu, HW * Burrell, AK * Larson, TE * McCleskey, TM * Wei, Q * Janicke, MT * Hickmott, DD * Timofeeva, TV * Zhao, YS], "Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks Containing Alkali-Bridged Two-Fold Interpenetration: Synthesis, Gas Adsorption, and Fluorescence Properties", CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, Vol.10, iss.3, p.1301-1306, MAR 2010.

[Zou, RQ * Abdel-Fattah, AI * Xu, HW * Zhao, YS * Hickmott, DD], "Storage and separation applications of nanoporous metal-organic frameworks", CRYSTENGCOMM, Vol.12, iss.5, p.1337-1353, 2010.

[Xu, H * Hickmott, DD * Zhao, Y * Zhang, J * Wei, Q * Vogel, SC * Wang, L], "High-P/T synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction study of carbonate minerals", GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Vol.74, iss.12, suppl.1, p.A1159-A1159, JUN 2010.

[Zou, RQ * Zhong, RQ * Han, SB * Xu, HW * Burrell, AK * Henson, N * Cape, JL * Hickmott, DD * Timofeeva, TV * Larson, TE * Zhao, YS], "A Porous Metal-Organic Replica of alpha-PbO2 for Capture of Nerve Agent Surrogate", JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol.132, iss.51, p.17996-17999, DEC 29 2010.

[Wei, Q * Xu, HW * Yu, XH * Shimada, T * Rearick, MS * Hickmott, DD * Zhao, YS * Luo, SN], "Shock resistance of metal-organic framework Cu-1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate with and without ferrocene inclusion", JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, Vol.110, iss.5, 056102, SEP 1 2011.

[Wang, P * Lerner, AH * Taylor, M * Baldwin, JK * Grubbs, RK * Majewski, J * Hickmott, DD], "High-pressure and high-temperature neutron reflectometry cell for solid-fluid interface studies", EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL PLUS, Vol.127, iss.7, 76, JUL 2012.

[Lu, C.-Y. * Perez, D. * Hickmott, D.D. * Voter, A.F.], "Insights into microscopic diffusion processes at a solid/fluid interface under supercritical conditions: A study of the aqueous calcite (101?4) Surface", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol.116, iss.49, p.25934-25942, 20121213.

[Lu, Chun-Yaung * Perez, Danny * Hickmott, Donald D. * Voter, Arthur F.], "Insights into microscopic diffusion processes at a solid/fluid interface under supercritical conditions: A study of the aqueous calcite (1014) surface", ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol.245, APR 7 2013.

[Xu, Hongwu * Zhao, Yusheng * Hickmott, Donald D. * Lane, Nina J. * Vogel, Sven C. * Zhang, Jianzhong * Daemen, Luke L.], "High-temperature neutron diffraction study of deuterated brucite", PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF MINERALS, Vol.40, iss.10, p.799-810, NOV 2013.

[Heikoop, Jeffrey M. * Johnson, Thomas M. * Birdsell, Kay H. * Longmire, Patrick * Hickmott, Donald D. * Jacobs, Elaine P. * Broxton, David E. * Katzman, Danny * Vesselinov, Velimir V. * Ding, Mei * Vaniman, David T. * Reneau, Steven L. * Goering, Tim J. * Glessner, Justin * Basu, Anirban], "Isotopic evidence for reduction of anthropogenic hexavalent chromium in Los Alamos National Laboratory groundwater", Chemical Geology, Vol.373, p.1-9, 2014.

[Wang, Peng * Hudak, Michael R. * Lerner, Allan * Grubbs, Robert K. * Wang, Shanmin * Zhang, Zhan * Karapetrova, Evguenia * Hickmott, Donald * Majewski, Jaroslaw], "X-ray scattering of calcite thin films deposited by atomic layer deposition: Studies in air and in calcite saturated water solution", THIN SOLID FILMS, Vol.565, p.277-284, AUG 28 2014.