Welcome to the Stoerzinger Research Group

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The Stoerzinger Research Group is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science led by Prof. Kelsey A. Stoerzinger. Chemical reactions can be used to store energy, transform molecules into valuable feedstocks, and recycle precious natural resources. Our group primarily leverages (electro)catalysis to tailor the reaction pathway, impacting the product distribution and rate of conversion.
Stoerzinger's research program designs materials and processes for the storage of renewable electricity and its use in upgrading carbon feedstocks, conversion of waste to fertilizer, and distributed chemical production. Specifically, the group develops catalysts that facilitate these reactions in an efficient and selective manner, designing for stability and leveraging earth abundant transition metals when possible. These materials can enable transformative approaches to producing chemicals and storing energy for a sustainable future. 

The collaborative integration of chemical engineering and materials science in the department is the ideal home for Stoerzinger’s research. 

Recent Publications

Barton, D. J., Nguyen, D. T., Perea, D. E., Stoerzinger, K. A., Lumagui, R. M., Lambeets, S., Wirth, M. G., & Devaraj, A. (2024). Towards quantitative analysis of deuterium absorption in ferrite and austenite during electrochemical charging by comparing cyclic voltammetry and cryogenic transfer atom probe tomography. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 50, 30–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2023.06.256

Padavala, S. K. M., Geng, X., Luo, L., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Impact of catalyst morphology on the adsorption and electrocatalytic hydrogenation of benzaldehyde. ECS Meeting Abstracts, MA2023-01(50), 2587. https://doi.org/10.1149/ma2023-01502587mtgabs

Carvalho, O. Q., Barbisan, M., Dawidowicz, J., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Implications of Cation-Dependent proton affinity on electrocatalytic nitrate reduction. ECS Meeting Abstracts, MA2023-01(39), 2304. https://doi.org/10.1149/ma2023-01392304mtgabs

Vitale-Sullivan, M. E., Carvalho, Q. Q., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Facet-Dependent selectivity of rutile IRO2 for oxygen and chlorine evolution reactions. ECS Meeting Abstracts, MA2023-01(50), 2577. https://doi.org/10.1149/ma2023-01502577mtgabs

Stoerzinger, K. A., Carvalho, Q. Q., & Crumlin, E. J. (2023). Relating Selective Electrochemical nitrate reduction to electronic Structure by AP-XPS. ECS Meeting Abstracts, MA2023-01(47), 2515. https://doi.org/10.1149/ma2023-01472515mtgabs

Vitale-Sullivan, M. E., Chang, A., Chou, K., Feng, Z., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Surface transformations of electrocatalysts during the oxygen evolution reaction. Chemical Physics Reviews, 4(2), 021309. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0139558

Padavala, S. K. M., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Role of hydride formation in electrocatalysis for sustainable chemical transformations. ACS Catalysis, 13(7), 4544–4551. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.3c00204

Vitale-Sullivan, M. E., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2023). Interplay of surface and subsurface contributions in electrocatalysis. Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 39, 101252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coelec.2023.101252

Adiga, P., Wang, L., Wong, C., Matthews, B. E., Bowden, M. E., Spurgeon, S. R., Sterbinsky, G. E., Blum, M., Choi, M., Tao, J., Kaspar, T. C., Chambers, S. A., Stoerzinger, K. A., & Du, Y. (2023). Correlation between oxygen evolution reaction activity and surface compositional evolution in epitaxial La0.5Sr0.5Ni1−xFexO3−δthin films. Nanoscale, 15(3), 1119–1127. https://doi.org/10.1039/d2nr05373j

Adiga, P., Nunn, W., Wong, C., Manjeshwar, A. K., Nair, S., Jalan, B., & Stoerzinger, K. A. (2022). Breaking OER and CER scaling relations via strain and its relaxation in RuO2 (101). Materials Today Energy, 28, 101087. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtener.2022.101087



Group News

  • January 2024: Dr. Krishna Padavala joins the group as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome Krishna!
  • December 2023: Welcome to the newest and the youngest member of our group, Jamie!
  • December 2023: Dr. Devesh Pathak joins the group as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome Devesh!
  • December 2023: Krishna defended his Ph.D. thesis - Congratulations Dr. Padavala!
  • November 2023 : The Stoerzinger lab welcomes new PhD student members - Ruth Bello, Uyen Nguyen, Mohan Sabbineni, and Mohammad Zaki!
  • September 2023: The Stoerzinger lab started operating in the CEMS department.
  • September 2023: Kelsey Stoerzinger joins CEMS as an Associate Professor.
  • June 2023: Quinn defended his Ph.D. thesis - Congratulations Dr. Carvalho!

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