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William Lawrence Boncher


  • Chemical Science
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • High explosives
  • Energetic materials
  • Quantum dots
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Materials chemistry
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Nanostructured quantum confined materials
  • Colloids
  • Materials
  • Functional materials
  • High temperature
  • Reactive materials
  • Irradiation
  • High explosive science
  • Radiation detectors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Ceramics processing
  • Electron microscopy
  • Materials synthesis (single crystals)
  • Optics and fiber optics
  • Magnetic
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Organic/inorganic crystalline and amorphous composites
  • Colloids


  • Inorganic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and energetic materials
  • Strong synthetic skills on the benchtop, Schlenk line, glovebox, and clean room
  • Wide range of characterization techniques including a range of spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction, microscopy , magnetic measurements, and electrochemistry


  • Schlenk line and glove box air exclusion techniques
  • Clean room environment experience
  • Electrochemical separation
  • Solution and solid-state nanoparticle synthesis


  • Radioluminescence spectroscopy
  • Photoluminescence spectroscopy
  • Lifetime spectroscopy
  • Inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Gas/liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (GC/LC-MS)
  • Infrared spectroscopy (IR)
  • Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
  • UV-visible absorbance spectroscopy


  • Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD)
  • Rietveld refinement and structure determination via GSAS and FullProf suite
  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction


  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

Other characterization

  • SQUID magnetic measurements
  • Nitrogen physisorption analysis (BET)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • C/H/N elemental analysis
  • Cyclic voltammetry


Georgetown University Ph.D. Chemistry, 2007 - 2013 Advisor: Prof. Sarah L. Stoll Thesis: Magnetic and thermal studies of doped rare-earth chalcogenide nanostructures in solution and the solid-state

New York University B.A. Chemistry, 2003 - 2007 Advisor: Prof. Marc A. Walters Thesis:   Ligand design of thioester oriented DOTA derivatives


LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate: 2013 - Present

  • MST-7: Polymers and Coatings
  • WX-7: High Explosive Science and Technology

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Materials Research Society, 2013 - Present


  • Michael T. Pope Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry Research, 2012
  • NSF Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program Fellowship, 2011
  • Georgetown University Espenscheid Fellowship, 2008


9.    William L. Boncher, Terri C. Lin, Nikolaus L. Cordes, Markus P. Hehlen. “Sequestration of Cerium(III) Bromide into Mesoporous Silica” submitted to Microporous Mesoporous Mater.

8.    William L. Boncher, Haydee A. Dalafu, Nicholas Rosa, Sarah L. Stoll. “Europium Chalcogenide Semiconductor Nanostructures” invited submission to Coord. Chem. Rev.

7.    William L. Boncher, Nicholas Rosa, Srotoswini Kar, Sarah L. Stoll. “Europium Chalcogenide Nanowires by Vapor Phase Conversions” Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 3144-3150

6.    Kalyan V. Vasudevan, William L. Boncher, Nickolaus A. Smith, Michael W. Blair, Brian L. Scott, Bryan L. Bennett, Markus P. Hehlen, Ross E. Muenchausen, John C. Gordon. “Nitrile-Supported Coordination Polymers of Cerium(III) Bromide” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 2213-2218

5.    Markus P. Hehlen, William L. Boncher, Seth D. Melgaard, Michael W. Blair, Robert A. Jackson, Thomas E. Littleford, Steven P. Love. “Preparation of high-purity LiF, YF3, and YbF3 for laser refrigeration” Proc. SPIE, 2014, 900004

4.    William L. Boncher, Edward A. Görlich, Krzysztof Tomala, Julie Bitter, Sarah L. Stoll “Valence and Magnetic Investigations of Alkali Metal-Doped Europium Sulfide” Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 4390–4396.

3.    Michele H. Pablico, Julie E. Mertzman, Emily A. Japp, William L. Boncher, et al. “Miniemulsion Synthesis of Metal-Oxo Cluster Containing Copolymer Nanobeads” Langmuir, 2011, 27 (20), 12575-84.

2.    Srotoswini Kar, William L. Boncher, Daniel Olszweski, Norman Dollahon, Richard Ash, Sarah L. Stoll.Gadolinium Doped Europium Sulfide” J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (40), 13960-13962.

1.    William L. Boncher, Michelle D. Regulacio, Sarah L. Stoll. “Thermolysis of lanthanide dithiocarbamate complexes” J. Solid State Chem., 2009, 183 (1), 52-56.