Energy and Catalysis

With limited natural resources and a growing global population, new materials that lower our energy consumption, reduce the environmental footprint of energy production, and decrease energy costs are increasingly critical to balance the growing demand for consumer goods and fuels with a sustainable earth. In the Department of Chemistry, our faculty seek to design and understand the processes that consume and liberate energy, harness chemical potential to drive new reactions, develop new fuels, and exploit the power of sunlight. This research bridges chemistry, materials science, physics, and process engineering. Our faculty focuses on studying relationships between structure and function, organic and inorganic materials for energy harvesting and storage, transition metal and lanthanide catalysts, reaction mechanisms,and  photochemistry to find solutions to globally relevant problems in energy and catalysis.
Research Interests:
  • Surface chemistry
  • Nanomaterials chemistry
  • Metals and metal oxides
  • Polymer interfaces
Research Interests:
  • rare earth chemistry
  • mechanistic studies of single electron transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer
  • organometallic reaction mechanisms
  • calorimetry
Research Interests:
  • theoretical and computational chemistry
  • electronic structure
  • disorder in materials
  • photochemistry
  • catalysis
  • nanoscience
Research Interests:
  • materials chemistry
  • solid state chemistry
  • gas separations
  • high-pressure chemistry
  • nanoporous materials
  • electrochemistry
Research Interests:
  • Lipids and Membranes
  • Drug Delivery
  • Drug Design
  • Langmuir-Blodgett films
Research Interests:
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
Research Interests:
  • Photochemistry
  • Proton-coupled electron transfer
  • Spectroscopy
  • Solar energy
  • Physical chemistry
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