Research Staff


Dr. Melis Duyar

SLAC Associate Staff Scientist
Graduate School: Columbia University, Earth and Environmental Engineering
Undergraduate School: Koc University (Turkey), Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project: Development of catalysts for hydrogenation of CO and CO2 to higher alcohols.

Current Position: Lecturer, University of Surrey


Dr. Laurie King


Stanford Research Engineer
Graduate School: Imperial College London (UK), Materials Department
Undergraduate School:University of Durham (UK), Department of Chemistry
Project: Development of photocathodes for hydrogen production via solar water splitting.

Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University


Dr. Drew Higgins


SLAC Associate Staff Scientist
Graduate School: University of Waterloo
Undergraduate School: University of Waterloo
Project: Experimental synthesis, characterization and testing of electrocatalysts for sustainable energy conversion and storage processes.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, McMaster University


Dr. Jakob Kibsgaard


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Aarhus University, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Physics and Astronomy
Undergraduate School:Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry & Department of Physics & Astronomy
Project: Development and understanding of electrocatalysts for energy conversion reactions.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Denmark Technical University

Postdoctoral Scholars


Dr. Josh McEnaney


Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Pennsylvania State University, Chemistry
Undergraduate School: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Chemistry
Project: Development of electrochemical systems for N2 reduction.

Current Position: Co-Founder and CTO, Nitricity


Dr. Andrew Wong


Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of California - Berkeley, Chemistry
Undergraduate School: University of Chicago, Chemistry
Project: CO2 reduction

Current Position: Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore


Dr. David Ches Upham


Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Undergraduate School: McGill University
Project: Development of heterogeneous catalytic materials and processes for thermochemical conversion of CO/CO2/H2 to C2+ oxygenates.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia


Dr. Carlos Gilberto Morales Guio


Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Osaka University (Japan), Department of Chemical Science and Engineering
Project: Catalyst engineering for the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, UCLA, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



Dr. Antaeres Dawn Antoniuk-Pablant

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Arizona State University, School of Molecular Sciences
Project: Developing integrated electrochemical-biological systems for the production of fuels and chemicals from CO2.


Dr. Amber Janda


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of California-Berkeley
Professional: Dow Chemical R&D 2007-2009
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project: Thermocatalytic reduction of CO2 and CO to ethanol and higher alcohols .



Dr. Marat Orazov


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: California Institute of Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley, Chemical Engineering
Project: Development of catalytic systems for higher alcohol synthesis from CO/CO2/H2 mixtures.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Dr. Maria Escudero Escribano

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
(Sapere Aude: DFF-Research Talent Grant)
Graduate School: Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Department of Applied Physical Chemistry
Undergraduate School: University of Extremadura (Spain), Department of Chemical Engineering
Project: Efficient non-precious metal electrocatalysts for sustainable energy conversion.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of NanoChemistry, University of Copenhagen


Dr. Annelie Jongerius


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
Undergraduate School: BSc. Chemistry from University of Amsterdam; MSc. Chemistry from University of Amsterdam
Project: CO2 hydrogenation and electrochemical CO2 reduction using copper-nanoparticle based catalysts.


Dr. Zhi Wei Seh


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Stanford University
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Project: Design of electrocatalysts for clean energy conversion.

Current Position: Scientist, A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore


Dr. Sam Fleischman


Dates: 2013 - 2014
Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of California-Santa Barbara, Chemistry
Undergraduate School: University of California-San Diego, Chemistry
Project: Theory-guided screening of metal nanoparticles alloy catalysts for CO hydrogenation.



Dr. Maureen Tang


Dates: 2012-2014
Graduate School: University of California-Berkeley
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Drexel University



Dr. Arnold Forman


Graduate School: University of California-Santa Barbara
Undergraduate School: Coastal Carolina University
Project: Development of tailored optoelectronic and catalytic materials for production of renewable energy feedstocks.
Current Position: Bio-Logic Science Instruments - a designer and manufacturer of high performance laboratory research instruments and software.


Dr. Shin-Jung Choi



Dr. Arindom Saha


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of Iowa, Inorganic Chemistry
Undergraduate School: Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India



Dr. Peter Vesborg


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Technical University of Denmark
Fulbright Scholar: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Undergraduate School: Technical University of Denmark
Project: Photoelectrodes and PtxY nanoparticle synthesis.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Physics Department, Technical University of Denmark

Ph.D. Graduates


Dr. Joel Sanchez


Graduated: 2020
Thesis: Engineering electrode and catalyst environments for enhanced water electrolysis (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of California, Riverside


Dr. Alan Landers


Graduated: 2020
Thesis: Utilizing synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray adsorption spectroscopy to study materials for electrochemical reactions involving hydrogen and carbon dioxide (link)
Home Department: Chemistry
Undergraduate School: Missouri University of Science and Technology


Dr. Mike Boyd


Graduated: 2020
Thesis: Developing methods to inform catalyst design for the electrochemical oxidation of methane and alcohols (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan


John Lin


Graduated: 2020
Current Position: Founder and President of Exaquest Carbon
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: City College of New York


Dr. Bill (Zhihua) Chen


Graduated: 2019
Thesis: Catalyzing electrochemical oxygen reduction to form hydrogen peroxide : from catalyst development to device integration (link)
Home Department: Chemistry
Undergraduate School: The University of Hong Kong, Department of Chemistry


Dr. Stephanie Nitopi


Graduated: 2019
Thesis: Understanding the factors that govern activity and selectivity of the electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reaction on copper catalysts (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Pennsylvania State University, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Brenna Gibbons


Graduated: 2019
Thesis: Catalyst development and characterization through gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and machine learning (link)
Home Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, Department of Chemistry & Thayer School of Engineering


Dr. Reuben Britto


Graduated: 2019
Thesis: Investigating molybdenum disulfide as a protective catalyst for solar-water splitting devices (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Caltech, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Alaina Strickler


Graduated: 2018
Thesis: Core-shell nanomaterials for enhanced oxygen electrocatalysis (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Jon Snider


Graduated: 2018
Thesis: Engineering bimetallic catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to alcohol products (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Texas-Austin, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Jeremy Feaster


Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Designing reactors, methods, and catalysts for the understanding of the electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reaction (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School:Georgia Institute of Technology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Current Position: Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab


Dr. Ieva Narkeviciute


Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Engineering nanostructured tantalum nitride photoanodes for solar water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Tommy Hellstern


Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Engineering catalysts, interfaces, and semiconductors for sustainable hydrogen production via solar driven water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Princeton University, Chemical Engineering
Current Position: Associate, McKinsey & Company


Dr. Pong Chakthranont


Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Development of nanostructured metal oxides as photoelectrodes and water oxidation catalysts for solar water splitting applications (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Toru Hatsukade


Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Investigating the effects of chemical composition and surface structure of catalysts on the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego



Dr. Jesse Benck


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Engineering molybdenum sulfide electrocatalysts and silicon photocathodes for hydrogen production via solar water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Open Water Power



Dr. Linsey Seitz


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing enhanced mixed metal oxide catalysts for electrocatalytic water oxidation using insights from X-ray absorption spectroscopy (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, Chemical Engineering
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University



Dr. Desmond Ng


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: A precious-metal-free regenerative fuel cell for storing renewable electricity: fundamental catalysis studies and device development (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois-Ubana-Champaign, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Etosha Cave


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing gold-based electrocatalysts for the production of fuels from CO2 and water (link)
Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Olin College, Mechanical Engineering



Dr. David Abram


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Alloyed and chemically modified metal catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Ariel Jackson


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing new catalysts for electrochemical energy conversion ruthenium-core platinum-shell nanoparticles for the oxygen reduction reaction (link)
Home Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University, Materials Science and Engineering



Dr. Blaise Pinaud


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Fundamental studies for the design of tantalum nitride photoanodes for solar water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Waterloo



Dr. Benjamin Reinecke


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Understanding the effects of nanostructuring on gold catalysis: a study of morphology, electronic structure, and electrocatalytic activity (link)



Dr. Kendra Kuhl


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide on transition metal surfaces (link)



Dr. Yelena Gorlin


Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Development of manganese oxide based catalysts for the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current Position: Humboldt Foundation Fellow at Technical University of Munich (link)



Dr. Zhebo Chen


Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Nanostructuring molybdenum disulfide to engineer its surface and bulk properties for solar hydrogen production (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Current Position: Principal Member of Technical Staff at Energy Storage Startup

Visiting Scholars



Dr. Yusaku Nishimura


Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Kyoto University (Japan), Department of Fundamental Energy Science
Undergraduate School: Kyoto University (Japan), Global Engineering
Project: Combined spectroscopic and theoretical studies on electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to fuels.



Mr. Makoto Mitani


Home Department: SUNCAT
Graduate School: Rikkyo University
Undergraduate School: Tokyo Institute of Technology
Project: Research about ORR and OER catalysts for fuel cell applications.


Dr. Yawen Zhao


Home Department: Engineering Thermophysics
Graduate School: Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Science
Undergraduate School: Shandong University
Project: Solar thermal and thermochemical utilization.


Prof. Sung-Hyeon Baeck


Dates: 2010 - 2011
Home Institution: Inha University, South Korea


Prof. Paolo Anselmo Ziani Suarez


Dates: 2011
Home Institution: Universidade de Brasília, Instituto de Química

M.S. and B.S. Students


Kara Fong
Vikram Bali
Charles Bowling
Camilo Cabrera
Stephanie Cai
Yan-Jiun Chen
Meghali Chopra
Abrahim El-Gamal
Milena Gonzalez-Vasquez
Leah Kuritzky
Jeffrey Lou
Jeremy Madrigal
AJ Medford
Jared O'Leary
Jacob Olshansky
Fadi Saadi
Michelle Vezie
Yen-Chu "Angel" Yang