energy_1The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland has world-class multidisciplinary research programs dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for catalysis, energy storage, green manufacturing and basic energy science.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry plays a central role in energy research activities of the University of Maryland with programs in catalysis (Eichhorn, Sita, Vedernikov, Gutierrez, Zachariah, Nie), electrocatalysis and fuel cells research (Eichhorn, Rodriguez, Lee), solar fuels and fuel conversion (Vedernikov, Eichhorn) and battery materials (Lee, Wang, Reutt-Robey, Eichhorn). Research groups are interlinked with other energy research centers including UMERC (University of Maryland Energy Research Center) and NEES-EFRC (Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage, a Dept of Energy-funded Energy Frontier Research Center initiated and co-directed by Lee for advanced battery research, and including Wang, Eichhorn and Reutt-Robey as Principal Investigators. Energy related research in the department is strongly supported through federal funding agencies that include NSF, DOE, ONR, DOD and AFOSR. High-impact research in energy science has been highlighted in the popular media in recent years, and published in leading journals that include Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nanoletters, ACS Nano, J. Am. Chem. Soc., and Angew. Chem. and others.


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Bryan Eichhorn

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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Sang Bok Lee

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistryRead More

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistry

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Zhihong Nie

Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Janice Reutt-Robey

Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Efrain Rodriguez

Inorganic materials and solid state chemistry; synthesis of transition metal (TM) oxides chalcogenides and pnictides;  metastable materials; functional magnetic, electronic, and mixed-conductivity materials;  X-ray and neutron diffraction ; magnetoelectrical transport

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Inorganic materials and solid state chemistry; synthesis of transition metal (TM) oxides chalcogenides and pnictides;  metastable materials; functional magnetic, electronic, and mixed-conductivity materials;  X-ray and neutron diffraction ; magnetoelectrical transport

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Lawrence R. Sita

Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Andrei Vedernikov

Experimental and computational organotransition metal chemistry; homogeneous catalysis pursuing the development of green synthetic methodologies; hydrocarbon transformations, methane conversion to value-added chemicalsRead More

Experimental and computational organotransition metal chemistry; homogeneous catalysis pursuing the development of green synthetic methodologies; hydrocarbon transformations, methane conversion to value-added chemicals

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Chunsheng Wang

Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells; Electrochemistry; Nanostructured materialsRead More

Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells; Electrochemistry; Nanostructured materials

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Yu-Huang Wang

Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicineRead More

Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicine

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Michael Zachariah

Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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