The Leonard Lab synthesizes and develops new nanomaterials for use as electrocatalysts. These nanomaterials have unique properties not found in conventional materials, and are able to increase the rates and selectivities of electrochemical reactions. This results in catalysts that are more effective for converting water, CO2, and renewable energy into value-added fuels and chemicals.

Example of FeS2 Nanomaterials for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

[Jaison, D.; Barforoush, J.M.; Qiao, Q.; Zhu, Y.; Ren, S. and Leonard, K.C. "Low-Dimensional Hyperthin FeS2 Nanostructures for Efficient and Stable Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalysis.” ACS Catalysis Vol. 5, pp. 6653 - 6657 (2015)]

Example of In2O3 Nanocatalyst for CO2 Reduction

[Shaughnessy, C.I..; Jantz. D.T. and Leonard, K.C. “Selective electrochemical CO2 reduction to CO using in situ reduced In2O3 nanocatalysts.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol. 5, Issue 43, pp. 22743-22749 (2017)]

Example of Ni:Fe Oxide Nanocatalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction

[Barforoush, J.M.; Jantz. D.T.; Seuferling, T.E.; Song, K.R.; Cummings, L.C. and Leonard, K.C. “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of a Nanoamorphous (Ni0.8,Fe0.2) oxide oxygen-evolving electrocatalyst containing only ‘fast’ sites.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol. 5, Issue 23, pp. 11661-11670 (2017).]