Geneva Laurita

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dana Chemistry Hall, Room 320


Bachelor of Science, Chemistry: University of Northern Colorado
PhD, Chemistry: Oregon State University
Postdoctoral Experience: University of California, Santa Barbara

My research interests focus on understanding the structure—property relationships of inorganic solid state materials, particularly those of relevance to energy and electronics-related technology. Through understanding the arrangement of the atoms in a material, we can explain how atomic interactions give rise to various physical properties, such as how a material interacts with light or conducts electricity. I am particularly interested in utilizing advanced neutron and synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques to gain a detailed understanding of the structure of a material. Research in my laboratory focuses on solid state synthesis and characterization techniques with an emphasis on scattering experiments performed at national laboratories.

My teaching interests include cultivating an interactive environment that integrates active learning techniques with classic lecture styles to promote confidence, enthusiasm, and critical thinking. Courses taught include Atomic and Molecular Structure (CHEM 107), Chemical Reactivity (CHEM 108), Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 215), Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 316), and Chemical Synthesis and Reactivity (CHEM s42).


20. E. Schueller, G. Laurita, D. Fabini, C. Stoumpos, M. Kanatzidis, and R. Seshadri, Crystal structure evolution and notable thermal expansion in hybrid perovskites formamidinium tin iodide and formamidinium lead bromide, Inorg. Chem. 57 (2018) 804-810.  [DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02576]

19. J. Buchanan, D. B. Fast, B. E. Hanken, T. J. Mustard, G. Laurita, T.-H. Chiang, D. Keszler, M. Subramanian, J. F. Wager, M. Dolgos, J. R. Rustad, and P. H. Y. Cheong, Structural convergence properties of amorphous InGaZnO4 from simulated liquid-quench methods, Dalton Trans. 44 (2017) 15311-15316 [doi:10.1039/C7DT02181J]

18. D. Fabini, T. A. Siaw, C. Stoumpos, G. Laurita, D. Olds, K. Page, J. Hu, M. Kanatzidis, S. Han, and R. Seshadri, Universal dynamics of molecular reorientation in hybrid lead iodide perovskites, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 16875-16884.  [DOI:10.1021/jacs.7b09536]

17. C. Cozzan, G. Laurita, M. W. Gaultois, M. Cohen, A. A. Mikhailovsky, M. Balasubramanian, and R. Seshadri, Compositional control of emission color and thermal stability in the green-emitting -SiAlON:Eu2+ phsophor, J. Mater. Chem. C 5 (2017) 10039–10046. [DOI:10.1039/C7TC03039H]

16. M. L. C. Buffon, G. Laurita, L. Lamontagne, E. Levin, S. Mooraj, D. L. Lloyd, N. White, T. M. Pollock, and R. Seshadri, Thermoelectric performance and the role of anti-site disorder in the 24-electron Heusler TiFe2Sn, J. Phys. Condensed Matt. 29 (2017) 405702(17). [DOI:10.1088/1361-648X/aa81e7]

15. G. Laurita, D. H. Fabini, C. C. Stoumpos, M. G. Kanatzidis, and R. Seshadri, Chemical tuning of dynamic cation off-centering in the cubic phases of hybrid tin and lead halide perovskites, Chem. Sci. 8 (2017) 5628–5635. [doi:10.1039/C7SC01429E]

14. L. Devys, G. Dantelle, G. Laurita, E. Homeyer, I. Gautier-Luneau, C. Dujardin, R. Seshadri, and T. Gacoin, A strategy to increase phosphor brightness: application with Ce3+-doped Gd3Sc2Al3O12, J. Lumin. 190 (2017) 62–68. [doi:10.1016/j.jlumin.2017.05.035]

13. L. K. Lamontagne, G. Laurita, M. Knight, H. Yusuf, J. Hu, R. Seshadri, and K. Page, The role of structural and compositional heterogeneities in the insulator-to-metal transition in the hole-doped A1-xNaxPd3O(A = Ca, Sr), Inorg. Chem. 56 (2017) 5158–5164. [doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00307]

12. M. M. Butala, M. Mayo, V. Doan-Nguyen, M. A. Lumley, C. G¨obel, K. M. Wiaderek, O. J. Borkiewicz, K. W. Chapman, P. J. Chupas, M. Balasubramanian, G. Laurita, S. Britto, A. Morris, C. P. Grey, and R. Seshadri. Local structure evolution and modes of charge storage in secondary Li-FeS2 cells, Chem. Mater. 29 (2017) 3070–3082 [doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00070]

11. C. Cozzan, K. J. Griffith, G. Laurita, J. G. Hu, C. P. Grey, and Ram Seshadri, Structural evolution and atom clustering in beta-SiAlON:beta-Si6-zAlzOzN8-z, Inorg. Chem. 56 (2017) 2153. [doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02780]

10. D. H. Fabini, C. C. Stoumpos, G. Laurita, A. Kaltzoglou, A. G. Kontos, P. Falaras, M. G. Kanatzidis, and R. Seshadri, Large positive thermal expansion and re-entrant structural and optical properties in perovskite formamidinium lead iodide, Angew. Chem. 55 (2016) 15392. [doi:10.1002/anie.201609538/epdf]

9. D. H. Fabini, G. Laurita, J. S. Bechtel, C. C. Stoumpos, H. A. Evans, A. Van der Ven, M. G. Kanatzidis, and R. Seshadri, Dynamic stereochemical activity of the Sn2+ lone pair in perovskite CsSnBr3, [ equal contributions] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (2016) 11820. [doi:10.1021/jacs.6b06287]

8. M. L. C. Buffon, G. Laurita, N. Verma, L. Lamontagne, L. Ghadbeigi, D. L. Lloyd, T. D. Sparks, C. M. Brown, T. M. Pollock, and R. Seshadri, Enhancement of thermoelectric properties in the Nb–Co–Sn half- Heusler/Heusler system through spontaneous inclusion of a coherent second phase, J. Appl. Phys. 120 (2016) 075104. [doi:10.1063/1.4961215].

7. L. K. Lamontagne, G. Laurita, M. Gaultois, M. Knight, L. Ghadbeigi, T. D. Sparks, M. E. Gruner, R. Pentcheva, C. Brown, and R. Seshadri, High thermopower with metallic conductivity in p-type Li substituted PbPdO2, Chem. Mater. 28 (2016) 3367. [doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00447]

6. G. Laurita, R. Grajczyk, M. Stolt, I. Coutinho, A. W. Sleight, and M. A. Subramanian, Influence of structural disorder on hollandites AxRu4O8 (A+ = K, Rb, Rb1-xNax), Inorg. Chem.. 55 (2016) 3462. [doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02897]

5. G. Laurita, K. Page, S. Suzuki, and R. Seshadri, Average and local structure of the Pb-free ferroelectric perovskites (Sr,Sn)TiO3 and (Ba,Ca,Sn)TiO3, Phys. Rev. B. 92 (2015) 214209. [doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.214109]

4. J. Heo, G. Laurita, S. Muir, M. A. Subramanian, and D. A. Keszler, Enhanced thermoelectric performance of synthetic tetrahedrites, Chem. Mater. 26 (2014) 2047. [doi:10.1021/cm404026k]

3. G. Laurita, J. Vielma, R. Berthelot, F. Winter, R. Pottgen, G. Schneider and M. A. Subramanian, From Ag2Sb2O6 to Cd2Sb2O7: investigations on an anion-deficient to ideal pyrochlore solid solution, J. Solid State Chem. 210 (2014) 65. [doi:10.1021/cm404026k]

2. G. Laurita, K. Page, A. W. Sleight and M. A. Subramanian, Investigation of the anion-deficient pyrochlore AgSbO3 through total scattering techniques, Inorg. Chem. 52 (2013) 11530 [doi:10.1021/ic401860j]

1. T. Siritanon, G. Laurita, R. T. Macaluso, J. Millican, A. W. Sleight and M. A. Subramanian, First observance of electronic conductivity in mixed valent tellurium oxides, Chem. Mater. 21 (2009) 5572. [doi:10.1021/cm9029769]