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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Multifunctional Catalytic Materials for Degradation and Energy Conversion


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Chemistry

opportunity location
64.15.15.C0346 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Debra Rose Rolison 202-767-3617


We design and synthesize innovating nanomaterials for fuels production and environmental remediation. Areas of concern include: (1) thermal and photo-assisted degradation of organophosphorous or perflourinated compounds and (2) solar-driven fuels synthesis (i.e. water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction). One of the biggest barriers limiting the practicality of both solar fuels production and sunlight-assisted chemical degradation is the lack of photocatalytic materials that efficiently capture and convert sunlight to drive targeted chemistry. Work focuses on using plasmonic nanostructures to introduce visible-light driven activity into wide-bandgap semiconducting photocatalysts to expand their applicability for solar-driven applications. Fully exploiting plasmonic materials for photocatalytic applications requires detailed analysis of the materials design parameters that control plasmonic-sensitization efficiency. Research efforts will be focused on: 1) synthesis of composite catalysts coupling high-surface-area oxide supports with embeded plasmonic nanostructures; 2) quantifying the sensitization efficiency (i.e. carriers generated per photon) of the plasmonic nannostructures as a function of structural properties (composition, size, shape, weight loading); and 3) determining the extent to which plasmonic sensitization improves catalytic turnover for reactions of interest.

  1. P. A. DeSario, C.L. Pitman, D.J. Delia, D.R. Rolison, J.J. Pietron, (2019) “Low-temperature CO oxidation at Cu nanoparticles stabilized in low oxidation states on TiO2 aerogels via enhanced Cu||TiO2 interfacial contact,” Appl. Catal. B, 252, 205–213.
  2. P.A. DeSario, J.J. Pietron, T.H. Brintlinger, J.F. Parker, O. Baturina, R.M. Stroud, D.R. Rolison (2017) “Oxidation-stable plasmonic copper nanoparticles in photocatalytic TiO2 nanoarchitectures,” Nanoscale, 9, 11720–11729. 
key words
Nanostructured materials; Catalysis; Plasmonics; Decontamination


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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