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

January 2023

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

October 2022

  • 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.

September 2022

  • 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!

May 2022

  • 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!

April 2022

  • Congratulations to Samji for receiving the NAM27 Kokes Award!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Nikolla for receiving the 2022 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award!