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Faculty & Researchers

Sally Benson

Sally Benson

Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: smbenson@stanford.edu
Naomi Boness

Naomi Boness (Focus Area Leader)

Managing Director, Natural Gas Initiative
Email: naomi.boness@stanford.edu

Matteo Cargnello

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering
Email: mcargn@stanford.edu
Wendy Gu

Wendy Gu

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Email: xwgu@stanford.edu
Thomas Jaramillo

Thomas Jaramillo (Focus Area Leader)

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Email: jaramillo@stanford.edu

Arun Majumdar

Director, Precourt Institue for Energy, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Photon Science and, by courtesy of, Material Science and Engineering
Email: amajumdar@stanford.edu
Xiaoling Zheng

Xiaolin Zheng (Focus Area Leader)

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Email: xlzheng@stanford.edu

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The Benson Lab is a research group in the department of Energy Resources Engineering. We investigate fundamental characteristics of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations as well as low-carbon energy system modeling and optimization as means of climate change mitigation.

The Cargnello group focuses on the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals. Reactions of interest are related to sustainable energy generation and use, control of emissions of greenhouse gases, and better utilization of abundant building blocks (methane, biomass).

Recent years have seen an unprecedented motivation for the emergence of new energy technologies. Global dependence on fossil fuels, however, will persist until alternate technologies can compete economically. We must develop means to produce energy (or energy carriers) from renewable sources and then convert them to work as efficiently and cleanly as possible. Catalysis is energy conversion, and the Jaramillo laboratory focuses on fundamental catalytic processes occurring on solid-state surfaces in both the production and consumption of energy. Chemical-to-electrical and electrical-to-chemical energy conversion are at the core of the research. Nanoparticles, metals, alloys, sulfides, nitrides, carbides, phosphides, oxides, and biomimetic organo-metallic complexes comprise the toolkit of materials that can help change the energy landscape. Tailoring catalyst surfaces to fit the chemistry is our primary challenge.

The Majumdar Group researches the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices, especially in the areas of energy conversion, transport and storage as well as biomolecular analysis. Current research focuses on electrochemical and thermochemical redox reactions that are fundamental to a sustainable energy future, multidimensional nanoscale imaging and microscopy, and a new effort to re-engineer the electricity grid using data science, including deep learning techniques.

The group is interested in the design, synthesis, and manipulation of novel organic and polymeric materials. They use a combination of organic and polymer chemistry, catalysis, and advanced characterizations to create, control, and investigate unusual (macro) molecular structures and organic materials with tailored conformations nanostructures, properties, and functions, which advance our fundamental understanding of emerging topics in chemistry and polymer science as well as target important technological applications.

Related Publications

A rigorous electrochemical ammonia synthesis protocol with quantitative isotope measurements. Nature Andersen, S. Z., Colic, V., Yang, S., Schwalbe, J. A., Nielander, A. C., McEnaney, J. M., Enemark-Rasmussen, K., Baker, J. G., Singh, A. R., Rohr, B. A., Statt, M. J., Blair, S. J., Mezzavilla, S., Kibsgaard, J., Vesborg, P. C., Cargnello, M., Bent, S. F. 05/2019; :
A rigorous electrochemical ammonia synthesis protocol with quantitative isotope measurements. Nature Andersen, S. Z., Colic, V., Yang, S., Schwalbe, J. A., Nielander, A. C., McEnaney, J. M., Enemark-Rasmussen, K., Baker, J. G., Singh, A. R., Rohr, B. A., Statt, M. J., Blair, S. J., Mezzavilla, S., Kibsgaard, J., Vesborg, P. C., Cargnello, M., Bent, S. F., Jaramillo, T. F., Stephens, I. E., Norskov, J. K., Chorkendorff, I. 05/2019; :
Influence of Atomic Surface Structure on the Activity of Ag for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to CO ACS CATALYSIS Clark, E. L., Ringe, S., Tang, M., Walton, A., Hahn, C., Jaramillo, T. F., Chan, K., Bell, A. T. 03/2019; : PDF icon acscatal.9b00260.pdf
What would it take for renewably powered electrosynthesis to displace petrochemical processes? De Luna, P., Hahn, C., Higgins, D., Jaffer, S. A., Jaramillo, T. F., Sargent, E. H. 04/2019; : PDF icon eaav3506.full_.pdf
Proton control in electrochemical ammonia synthesis American Chemical Society Schwalbe, J., Singh, A., Rohr, B., Statt, M., Nielander, A., McEnaney, J., Andersen, S., Colic, V., Yang, S., Chorkendorff, I., Jaramillo, T., Norskov, J., Cargnello, M. 03/2019; :