We are a research group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. The majority of our group is focused on solving problems related to the environment with particular emphasis on renewable energy storage and conversion. To accomplish these goals, our program applies advanced synthetic and physical techniques to prepare and characterize new complexes and materials with interesting electronic and reactivity profiles. Tantamount to our goals is the ability to design and construct new molecules and materials for a targeted application. Advanced electrochemical, spectroscopic and computational analyses guide this design process and afford a better physical understanding of the different systems under consideration. The majority of our work is centered in two key arenas: This first involves development of new platforms for capture and conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and vaule added compounds. We are also focused on establishing new methods for tailoring the chemical and physical properties of surfaces, including electrode and metal oxides materials for sensing and catalysis applications.
Latest Group News
February 18, 2014
Joel has been awarded a prestigious A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry (details)!
Joel has been highlighted as a 2013 "Mover and Shaker" by The Catalyst Review (details)!
November 20, 2013
Joel has been named a 2013 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor (details)!
November 7, 2013
Congrats to Justin and Allen on having their paper on CO2 activation by a Rhenium-BODIPY complex accpeted to Catalysis Today (details)!
October 26, 2013
Congrats to Ben and Thomas on receiving first place awards for their presentations at the 16th Annual UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium!
August 28, 2013
Congrats to Mike and Allen on having their communication accepted to Organometallics (details)!
August 8, 2013
Congrats to Justin and Rachel on having their ECL paper accepted to JACS (details)!
July 1, 2013
Our research has been highlighted in a Feature article on carbon dioxide conversion in Chemical and Engineering News (details)!
June 24, 2013
The lab welcomes POWER High School Summer Students Eric Walker and Andreas Elterich! Thanks to the ACS Project SEED Program for helping to support Eric and Andreas!
June 19, 2013
June 14, 2013
Congrats to Gabe and Allen for having their CO2 photocatalysis paper accepted to ACS Catalysis! (details)
May 20, 2013
Congrats to John for having his paper detailing a new inexpensive electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction accepted to JACS! (details)
May 15, 2013
Congrats to Allen for receiving the third place award for his research presentation at our Departmental Silver Symposium!
April 13, 2013
Congrats to Justin for receiving a second place award for his research presentation at the 77th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention!
Congrats to Allen and Mike for having their paper on phlorin chemistry accepted to JACS! (details)
Our collaborative study on water soluble BODIPY derivatives for applications involving ECL has been accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem! (details)
Our group's work has been highlighted in the UD Messenger Research Magazine! (details)
Congrats to Tian and John for successfully passing their qualifying exams!
October 20, 2012
Congrats to Justin on winning a first place award at the 15th Annual UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium!
October 12, 2012
Congrats to Amber and Rachel for having their electrode modification paper accepted by Chemical Science!
August 22, 2012
Congrats to Allen, John, Rachel, Tian, Jen and Gabe for their succesful presentations and posters at the National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia!
August 9, 2012
Congrats to Justin for winning an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Prize! (details)
July 12, 2012
Joel has been awarded a DuPont Young Professor Award! (details)
July 9, 2012
Congrats to Allen on having his first paper accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry!
June 2, 2012
Congrats to Allen, John, Piyal and Tian on their great presentations and posters at the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS!
May 30, 2012
Our lab's first paper has been published as part of a special issue of Dalton Transactions! (details)
April 14, 2012
Congratulations to Justin for receiving a first place award for his research presentation at the 76th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention! (details)
October 26, 2011
Jennifer Eddy has joined the group. Welcome Jennifer!
October 22, 2011
Congratulations to Justin and Mike for winning first place for their poster presentations at the 14th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC! (details)
August 24, 2011
Congratulations to Gabe for receiving a LSAMP Doctoral Fellowship!
August 10, 2011
Our research has been profiled in Nature! (details)
May 13, 2011
Our group has received seed funding from the UD Research Foundation.
May 10, 2011
Our research has been highlighted by The Review. (details).
May 3, 2011
Joel discussed the importance of renewable energy research with Mellany Armstrong and Peter MacArthur on WDEL, 1150 AM (listen here).
April 4, 2011
Joel has received an ORAU Ralphe E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and our lab has received seed funding for the development of new electrocatalysts (details).