This project will focus on the development and planar and high surface area electrodes for electrochemical energy conversion applications for production of renewable fuels from electricity. High surface area particulate and porous electrodes materials are of interest for enabling high catalyst area for reduced kinetic overpotential losses. This project will be primarily experimental in nature, focusing on modifying synthesis approaches for depositing active catalysts and encapsulating them with ultrathin permeable overlayers that can be used to enhance catalyst durability, increase activity, and improve selectivity by blocking undesirable back reactions. Research will also involve the use of advanced materials characterization tools, and analysis of the performance of the fabricated electrodes using a variety of electroanalytical tools. The project requires a student with previous coursework in solar and electrochemical technologies.
Name of Lab: Solar Fuels Engineering Lab
Direct Supervisor: Daniel Esposito
Hours per week: 40 hr/week
Position type: On Site
Qualifications: Chemical engineering / solar fuels / electrochemistry
SEAS students only: Yes