Her research interests are focused on metal-oxo clusters - small, charged pieces of water-soluble metal-oxide. May’s research group grows clusters from a variety of metal cations, including tantalum and vanadium, and study these clusters in solution to learn how they interact with their counterions (ions that balance the charge of the clusters) and each other.
May Nyman joined the Chemistry faculty at Oregon State University in 2012.
One technique the research group uses is Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), which allows them to ‘see’ inside the solution and observe exactly how the metal-oxo clusters are behaving as solution conditions are changed. Ultimately, this research leads to a greater understanding of cluster chemistries and how to grow materials in water-based solutions for sustainable applications - like green, energy efficient production methods for thin-film computer memory materials.
May received her B.Sc. in Geology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1990. She received her M.Sc. in Materials Science & Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1992. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 1997. Before coming to Oregon State University, May worked as a chemist at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, where she was appointed Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.
As part of the CSMC’s education efforts, May’s research lab will be host to participants of the Sustainable Materials Research Training (SMaRT) camp, where students will have an opportunity to engage in research on transition metal oxide cluster chemistries.
The Nyman Research Group