The research in Thrust 1  involves the following themes:

  • Use of theory intertwined with experiment to accelerate discovery of catalysts.
  • Exploration of catalytic motifs that range from simple binary metal alloys to catalytic centers embedded in environments designed to channel reactivity.
  • Establishment of mechanisms to enable optimization of catalysts.
  • Use of high-throughput experimentation coupled with high-throughput screening efforts to discover new materials and help predict their properties.

Thrust 1 Coordinator is Dr. Thomas Jaramillo.


Recent Highlight

Javier, A. et al. Overlayer Au-on-W Near-Surface Alloy for the Selective Electrochemical
Reduction of CO2 to Methanol: Empirical (DEMS) Corroboration of a Computational
(DFT) Prediction. Electrocatalysis, DOI: 10.1007/s12678-015-0276-8 (2015).

An Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 Exclusively to Methanol.

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The present experimental study used differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) focused on product selectivity towards methanol to test the theoretical prediction of selective heterogeneous CO2 reduction to methanol by a bimetallic near-surface alloy.


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