• Christopher Shuck
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Synopsis: 2D Materials, Nonequilibrium Chemical Kinetics, Energetic Materials, Novel Materials Synthesis
  • Phone: (848) 445-




Research in the Shuck lab will focus on controlling kinetic processes to produce new, metastable materials (such as 2D MXenes, 0D ceramics/intermetallics, and bulk metastable refractory phases) with properties that are not possible with conventional means. In this group, we will use many advanced in-situ techniques, including synchrotrons, XRD, TEM, and others. We will aim to study fundamental kinetic and thermodynamic processes, then utilize this knowledge to encourage the system to produce materials that would normally not form with properties that exceed current possibilities. Targeted applications will include extreme environments, such as hypersonics, or other applications where no existing materials can be used. Three examples of projects include:

      1) Synthesis of Novel MXenes.
      2) Control of Solid-State Combustion Kinetics.
      3) Solution Combustion Synthesis of Metastable Materials.

The Shuck group is actively seeking motivated students and researchers to join the group. We are especially interested in highly motivated undergraduate students to join the group. Prior undergraduate students who have worked with Dr. Shuck have published first author articles and been invited to give oral presentations at international conferences, won awards such as the Barry Goldwater Fellowship and NSF GRFP, among others. Members of the team who join will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of experimental approaches and characterization techniques, for both fundamental and applied research in a highly collaborative environment. Students interested in joining the Shuck lab should reach out directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selected Publications

1.         Shuck, C. E.; Manukyan, K. V.; Rouvimov, S.; Rogachev, A. S.; Mukasyan, A. S., Solid-flame: Experimental Validation. Combustion and Flame 2016, 163, 487-493.

2.         Shuck, C. E.; Mukasyan, A. S., Reactive Ni/Al Nanocomposites: Structural Characteristics and Activation Energy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2017, 121, (6), 1175-1181.

3.         Deysher, G.; Shuck, C. E.; Hantanasirisakul, K.; Frey, N. C.; Foucher, A. C.; Maleski, K.; Sarycheva, A.; Shenoy, V. B.; Stach, E. A.; Anasori, B.; Gogotsi, Y., Synthesis of Mo4VAlC4 MAX Phase and Two-Dimensional Mo4VC4 MXene with Five Atomic Layers of Transition Metals. ACS Nano 2020, 14, (1), 204-217.

4.         Han, M.; Maleski, K.; Shuck, C. E.; Yang, Y.; Glazar, J. T.; Foucher, A. C.; Hantanasirisakul, K.; Sarycheva, A.; Frey, N. C.; May, S. J.; Shenoy, V. B.; Stach, E. A.; Gogotsi, Y., Tailoring Electronic and Optical Properties of MXenes through Forming Solid Solution. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2020, 142, (45), 19110-19118.

5.         Anayee, M.; Shuck, C. E.; Shekhirev, M.; Goad, A.; Wang, R.; Gogotsi, Y., Kinetics of Ti3AlC2 Etching for Ti3C2Tx MXene Synthesis. Chemistry of Materials 2022.

6.         Maleski, K.; Shuck, C. E.; Fafarman, A. T.; Gogotsi, Y., The Broad Chromatic Range of Two‚ÄźDimensional Transition Metal Carbides. Advanced Optical Materials 2021, 9, (4), 2001563.

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