Energy & Catalysis

Energy & Catalysis

We seek to uncover the mechanistic details of chemical reactions that liberate energy and harness chemical potential to drive synthesis of new fuels and next generation materials. Our faculty bridge chemistry, materials science, and engineering to find chemical solutions to the globally relevant topics of energy and catalysis.

Some of our research topics include:

  • synthesis of molecules and nanoparticles for applications in solar energy conversion;
  • identifying mechanistic details by computational methods and simulations;
  • mixed-metal organometallic synthesis for homogeneous catalysis;
  • synthesis of complexes that mimic biological enzymes;
  • time-resolved spectroscopy of electron transfer events;
  • design and characterization of 2D electronic materials; and
  • molecular dynamics simulations of carbon capture materials.

Faculty

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David A. Blank
Head, Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
139A Smith Hall
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Christopher J. Cramer
Professor, Chemistry
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Christopher Douglas
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
568C Kolthoff Hall
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Christopher Ellison
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
384 Amundson Hall
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Renee Frontiera
Associate Professor, Director of Chemical Physics
Office
233 Smith Hall
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Laura Gagliardi
Professor, University of Chicago
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Jiali Gao
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
241A Smith Hall
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Jason Goodpaster
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
213 Smith Hall
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Marc Hillmyer
Professor, Chemistry
Office
209 Smith Hall
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James Johns
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
39 Smith Hall
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Steven Kass
Professor, Chemistry
Office
223 Smith Hall
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Jessica R. Lamb
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
335 Smith Hall
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Connie Lu
Professor, Chemistry
Office
326 Smith Hall
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Mahesh Mahanthappa
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
389 Amundson Hall
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Aaron Massari
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Chemistry & Chemical Physics
Office
245 Smith Hall
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Alon McCormick
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
455 Amundson Hall
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Matthew Neurock
Professor, Chemical Physics, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
489 Amundson Hall
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Lawrence Que Jr.
Regents Professor, Chemistry
Office
343 Smith Hall
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J. Ilja Siepmann
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
227 Smith Hall
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Andreas Stein
Professor, Chemistry
Office
219 Smith Hall
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Ian Tonks
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
568A Kolthoff Hall
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Donald Truhlar
Regents Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
247 Smith Hal