SUNCAT Mission

The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis is a partnership between Stanford School of Engineering and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The mission of SUNCAT is to overcome challenges associated with the atomic-scale design of catalysts for chemical transformations of interest for sustainable energy conversion and storage. By combining experimental and computational methods we are developing a quantitative description of chemical processes at the solid-gas and solid-liquid interface. By identifying the factors controlling the catalytic properties of solid surfaces, we devise strategies to design new catalysts. Our approach integrates electronic structure theory, kinetic modeling and data science with operando and in-situ characterization techniques, synthesis of alloys, compounds, and functional nanostructures, and experimental testing under realistic process conditions.

Recent Publications

Cobalt Porphyrin Intercalation into Zirconium Phosphate Layers for Electrochemical Water Oxidation. Isabel Barraza Alvarez, Yanyu Wu, Joel Sanchez, Yulu Ge, Mario V. Ramos-Garcés, Tong Chu, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jorge L. Colón , Dino Villagrán . Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 5, 430-437. 2020.
Isolating the Electrocatalytic Activity of a Confined NiFe Motif within Zirconium Phosphate. Joel Sanchez , Michaela Burke Stevens , Alexandra R. Young, Alessandro Gallo , Meng Zhao , Yunzhi Liu , Mario V. Ramos‐Garcés , Micha Ben‐Naim , Jorge L. Colón , Robert Sinclair, Laurie A. King, Michal Bajdich, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Adv. Energy Mater., 2003545. 2021.
Epitaxial Stabilization and Oxygen Evolution Reaction Activity of Metastable Columbite Iridium Oxide. Kyuho Lee, Raul A. Flores, Yunzhi Liu, Bai Yang Wang, Yasuyuki Hikita, Robert Sinclair, Michal Bajdich, Harold Y. Hwang. ACS Applied Energy Matterials

SUNCAT Institute 2021