Engineering Catalysts for Sustainable Energy and Chemical Conversion
The Nikolla Research Group focuses on studying issues related to Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis for energy and chemical conversion and storage (e.g., fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, cooperative/selective heterogeneous catalysis for biomass conversion, chemical recycling of plastic waste, etc.). We address these issues by combining state-of-the-art synthesis techniques, characterization (i.e., electron microscopy and spectroscopy) and quantum density functional theory (DFT) chemical calculations.
Key Research Areas
Most Recent Publications
- Deciphering the Mechanistic Role of Individual Oxide Phases and Their Combinations in Supported Mn–Na2WO4 Catalysts for Oxidative Coupling of Methane. Yixiao Wang, Sagar Sourav, Jason P. Malizia, Brooklyne Thompson, Bingwen Wang, M. Ross Kunz, Eranda Nikolla and Rebecca Fushimi
- Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 using Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells: Insights into Catalysis by Nonstoichiometric Mixed Metal Oxides.
Elif Tezel, Ariel Whitten, Genevieve Yarema, Reinhard Denecke*, Jean-Sabin McEwen*, Eranda Nikolla*, ACS Catal., 2022.
- Mechanistic pathways and role of oxygen in oxidative coupling of methane derived from transient kinetic studies. Y. Wang, B. Wang, S. Sourav, R. Batchu, Zongtang Fang, M. R. Kunz, G. Yablonsky, E. Nikolla, R. Fushimi*, Catal. Today, 2022.
- Supported Bifunctional Molybdenum Oxide-Palladium Catalysts for Selective Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass-Derived Polyols and 1,4-Anhydroerythritol. S. Albarracin-Suazo, L. Paz Herrera, L. Freitas de Lima e Freitas, B. MacQueen, A. Heyden, J. A. Lauterbach, E. Nikolla*, and Y. J. Pagán-Torres*, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2022.
- Elucidating the Role of B-Site Cations toward CO2 Reduction in Perovskite-Based Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells. E. Tezel‡, D. Guo‡, A. Whitten, G. Yarema, M. Alves Freire, R. Denecke*, J.S. McEwen*, and E. Nikolla*, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2022.
- Reactivity of Pd-MO2 inverted catalytic systems for CO oxidation. L. Paz Herrera‡, L. Freitas de Lima e Freitas‡, J. Hong, A. S. Hoffman, S. R. Bare, E. Nikolla*, and J. W. Medlin*, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2022.
- Dynamic Surface Reconstruction Unifies the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Performance of Nonstoichiometric Mixed Metal Oxides. S. Samira‡, J. Hong‡, J.C.A. Camayang, K. Sun, A.S. Hoffman, S.R. Bare, and Nikolla, E.*, JACS Au, 2021.
- The Nikolla Lab wishes everyone a Happy New Year!
- Dr. Michael Allen joins the Nikolla Lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome!
- Hyungdon (Don) Joo joins the Nikolla lab as a first year Doctorate Student. Welcome!
- We welcome a new postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Rong (Rocky) Ye to the lab.
- Our process of setting up the lab in our new home at UMich begins! Visit us at 028-2109C, North Campus Research Complex, University of Michigan. We will keep you posted.
- In collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory, Bingwen’s research article has been published in ACS Catalysis.
- Nikolla lab has a new home in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University Of Michigan. Click to know more!
- Elif’s review article in collaboration with Reinhard Denecke and Jean-Sabin’s group has been published in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations!
- Bingwen’s paper in collaboration with the Fushimi group has been published in Catalysis Today. Congratulations!
- Lucas’ article in collaboration with Pagan-Torres group has been published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Congratulations!
- Congratulations to Samji for receiving the NAM27 Kokes Award!
- Congratulations to Dr. Nikolla for receiving the 2022 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award!