This project will involve the development of novel electrocatalysts based on ultra-thin metal oxide nanomembranes that will be used in fuel cells and electrolyzers. These technologies are very important for a clean energy future because electrolyzers can use electricity generated by renewable solar or wind resources to produce chemical fuels such as hydrogen. This project will be experimental in nature, focusing on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of thin film electrocatalysts. The goal of the project is to develop new electrocatalysts that are durable over long periods of operation, resistant to poisoning effects, and enable new catalytic pathways for complex reactions. Electroanalytical techniques will be employed to evaluate electrocatalyst performance and elucidate transport and reaction mechanisms in these novel materials. 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
Direct Supervisor: Natalie Labrador
Position dates: 5/30/2017-8/8/2017
Hours per Week: 40 Hours
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: synthesizing and characterizing thin film materials, operating a potentiostat
Eligibility: Senior, Master's; SEAS students only