In Situ Vibrational Spectroscopy of Catalytic Interfaces

Our research team engages in spectroscopic investigation of catalytic interfaces that show potential for the synthesis of renewable fuels and high-value commodity chemicals. Our aim is to facilitate the development of efficient catalysts by elucidating how interfacial properties give rise to observed catalytic activity. To this end, we combine surface-enhanced infrared and Raman spectroscopies with mass spectrometric approaches. We are particularly interested in the rich chemistry exhibited by electrified interfaces suitable for (photo-) catalytic carbon dioxide reduction, methane activation, and water oxidation.

Group News

February 5th, 2019

Matthias receives an NSF CAREER Award! The award will support the team’s research on how the molecular properties of an electrocatalytic interface control catalytic selectivity. In addition, the award will support related educational efforts.

December 11th, 2018

Jingchen joins the research team!

November 30th, 2018

Charuni gave an awesome talk at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Well done, Charuni!

October 29th, 2018

Matthias receives a Doctoral New Investigator Award from the ACS Petroleum Fund. The award will support our mechanistic work on metallaphotocatalysis.

August 25th, 2018

Julie joins the research team!

July 6th, 2018

Charuni and Vincent publish their collaborative work with Prof. Michael Janik's research group in ACS Catalysis! Check out the article here.


May 6th, 2018

The group co-hosted an outreach event for 60 high-school students and their parents. Take a look at the pictures.


April 26th, 2018

Xiang's and Jingyi's collaborative work with Prof. Dunwei Wang's research group is published in ACS Central Science! Read the article here.


November 6th, 2017

Charuni and Vincent publish their work on cation effects in PCCP! Read the article here.


May 26th, 2017

The team's first paper is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! Read the article here.


January 1st, 2017

Paul and Vincent join the research team!

May 1st, 2016

First External Funding! Matthias receives an NSF grant. The award will support the team’s research efforts on the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.

January 1st, 2016

The first graduate students join the lab. Welcome Charuni, Jingyi, and Xiang!


July 1st, 2015

Matthias joins Boston College!