Coupling renewably generated electricity with inert starting materials to produce chemical fuels would convey a revolutionary stride forward for society, eliminating the need for fossil fuels and enabling electrified transportation along with widespread grid-scale storage. Research in the Chen Group is led by Dr. Leanne D. Chen and focuses on using ab initio computational methods to model reactions occurring at the electrode-electrolyte double-layer—arguably the most important component in an electrochemical cell. Gaining atomic-scale insight at this interface would have immense impact on the rational design of fuel cells, batteries, and other energy transformation systems such as electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction.
Materials & Interfaces
Density Functional Theory
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The Chen Group is looking for 2–3 highly motivated MSc and PhD students to start in 2020. Check out the News page for more information.
Leanne joins Guelph
Leanne officially joins the Department of Chemistry at Guelph! She will start her appointment in the summer of 2020.