Energy Research Area: We are exploring the fundamental science behind the interconversion of electrical and chemical energies, the catalysis of the production and utilization of chemical fuels.
The interconversion of electrical and chemical energies – from fuel cells to the production of fuels from sunlight -- will require control of the movement of both electrons and protons. Work in the Mayer labs extends from the fundamental properties of such proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions to the development of new molecular, nanoscale, and electrochemical catalysts. Studies range from new proton-coupled reactivity of TiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles to electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction and water oxidation to photo-induced PCET reactions in well-characterized model systems.
Record last updated on September 18th 2013 PST.