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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

X-ray spectroscopy: A tool for catalyst design

Precourt Institute for Energy

PI: Robert M. Waymouth, Chemistry; Co-PI: Britt Hedman, Photon Science, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

Student: Ritimukta Sarangi, Ben Matson


Project Summary

One way to store energy from intermittent solar and wind power is to use the electricity to create renewable fuels, such as hydrogen from protons and methanol from CO2. This project hopes to overcome a major challenge to efficient, electrocatalytic reduction of protons and CO2. The scientists will use X-ray spectroscopy to characterize the electrocatalysts involved, and hopefully develop a new generation of highly efficient homogeneous electrocatalysts.



1. McLoughlin, E. A.;Giles, L. J.;Waymouth, R. M.;Sarangi, R., 2009. R.X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Theoretical Investigation of the Reductive Protonation of Cyclopentadienyl Cobalt Compounds. Inorg. Chem.2019,58,1167-1176.

2. Matson,  B.  D.;  McLoughlin,  E.  A.;  Armstrong,  K.  C.;  Waymouth,  R.  M.;  Sarangi,  R., 2009. Effect  of  Redox  Active Ligands  on  the  Electrochemical  Properties  ofManganese  Tricarbonyl  Complexes. Inorg.  Chem.2019, 58, 7453−7465.

3. McLoughlin, E. A.; Matson, B. D.; Sarangi, R.; Waymouth, R. M., 2020. Electrocatalytic Alcohol Oxidation with Iron-Based Acceptorless Alcohol Dehydrogenation Catalyst. Inorg. Chem.2020, 59, 1453-1460.