This project will involve the development of novel electrocatalysts based on low-dimensional van der Waals materials, which will be used in electrochemical reactors called electrolyzers. Electrolyzers are very important for a clean energy future because they can use excess electricity generated by renewable solar or wind resources to produce chemical fuels such as hydrogen or hydrocarbons from water and/or carbon dioxide . This project will be experimental in nature, focusing on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of novel electrocatalyst materials. The goal of the project is to develop well-defined electrocatalysts that are durable over long periods of operation and enable new catalytic pathways for complex reactions. By studying well-define electrocatalyst structures, we seek to elucidate the structure-property relationships that hold the key to optimize their catalytic performance. Electroanalytical techniques will be employed to evaluate electrocatalyst performance. The student will systematically explore the effect of synthesis conditions and operating conditions on the electrocatalytic performance of the electrodes. Research will be conducted in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.
Lab: Solar Fuels Engineering Lab, Engineering Terrace 172
Direct Supervisor: Xiangye Liu
Position Dates: 5/30/2017-8/8/2017
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, SEAS student only