This project will focus on the development and high surface area electrodes for electrochemical energy conversion applications for production of renewable fuels from solar energy. 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.
Lab: Solar Fuels Engineering Lab
Direct Supervisor: Marissa Beatty
Position dates: 6/1/2021 - 8/13/2021
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Credit Available: Yes
Qualifications: The project requires a student with previous coursework in solar and electrochemical technologies.
Eligibility: Master's; SEAS only