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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Electrochemical Surface Science of Metal-Electrolyte Interfaces: Theory and Experiment


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.C0049 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Thomas P. Moffat 301.975.2143
Kathleen Alice Schwarz 301.975.2821


Accurate models of the electrochemical interface are a key for predicting reaction mechanisms and designing improved electrocatalysts, reactants, and electrolytes. The properties of electrochemical interfaces depend both on the surface structure and the interactions with the electrolyte as a function of applied potential. Despite more than a century of model development, much is still unknown about even single-crystal interfaces. We combine spectroscopic and structural techniques for probing the interface, such as SEIRAS and STM, with computational methods to develop new electrochemical models. The computational work focuses on combining DFT methods for the surface with continuum approaches for the electrolyte. Work is needed both to improve the computational methods, as well as apply them to electrochemical problems. An individual NRC project can either include both theory and experiment, or focus on a single technique.



Schwarz KA, Sundararaman R, Moffat TP, Allison TC: Formic acid oxidation on platinum: a simple mechanistic study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17: 20805, 2015

Schwarz KA, Xu B, Yan Y, Sundararaman R: Partial oxidation of step-bound water leads to anomalous pH effects on metal electrode step-edges. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18: 16216, 2016

Liu Y, Gokcen D, Bertocci U, Moffat TP: Self-Terminating Growth of Platinum Films by Electrochemical Deposition. Science 338: 1327, 2012


key words
Joint density functional theory; Surface science; Corrosion; Double layer; Electrocatalysis; STM; Electrochemistry; Electrodeposition; SECM;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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