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

Engineering complex layered metal oxides for oxygen electrocatalysis
H2O splitting and CO2 reduction using solid oxide electrolyzers
Tuning solid-solid interfacial catalysis in alkali metal-air battery cathodes
Design of multifunctional catalyst for selective catalysis

Most Recent Publications


News @NikollaLab

March 2024

  • Kunal and a Nikolla Lab alumni, Samji collaborate with Prof. Shannon Boettcher from University of Oregon and publish a paper in Journal of Catalysis as a part of the 60th Commemorative Anniversary Issue of Journal of Catalysis. Congratulations!

February 2024

  • Julia Lamy joins the Nikolla Lab as a second year undergraduate trainee. Welcome!

November 2023

  • Kunal wins the 2023 CRE student travel award at the annual AIChE 2023 meeting. Congratulations!

October 2023

  • We are thrilled to welcome our new first-year students to the Nikolla Lab – Onyema Obi, Jina Cho, and Nicholas Carpentieri!
  • Kunal publishes his paper as first author in ACS Energy Letters in collaboration with Alex and Prof. Jeff Greeley from Purdue University. Congratulations Kunal!

September 2023

  • Eranda wins the inaugural Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Award for Creativity in Catalysis! Congratulations! 

August 2023

  • We welcome the new students as Fall 2023 begins at University of Michigan! Interested students please contact Prof. Eranda Nikolla and feel free to come visit us. Our lab is located at NCRC Building 28, Room 2109C.
  • Kunal and Samiha successfully pass their Thesis proposal Exam. Congratulations!
  • In collaboration with the Greeley group at Purdue University, Alex and Kunal’s research article has been published in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations!

June 2023

May 2023

January 2023

  • The Nikolla Lab wishes everyone a Happy New Year!
  • Dr. Michael Allen joins the Nikolla Lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome!


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