Postdoctoral Training Program: Internship in Solar Fuels & Electro-catalysis

Post‐doctoral research positions are available at Rutgers University in the field of solar driven electro- catalysis for production of renewable fuels. An immediate need is for a scientist/engineer to work within a team to design, build and characterize an electrochemical device for conversion of water and CO2 to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel by electrolysis. The goal is to develop a prototype device based on electrocatalysts, polymers and electrolytes being developed at Rutgers. Prior developments of this team include noble-metal-free OER and HER catalysts. At Rutgers, this position involves a collaboration between the Dismukes, Castner and Uhrich Laboratories. The successful applicant will join a team of scientists, engineers and students collaborating across disciplinary boundaries in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Rutgers Catalysis Research Center, the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, and the Laboratory for Surface Modification. External collaboration on this project involves the industry leader in PEM electrolysis systems Proton OnSite and the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI).

Professional development in areas of sustainable energy is provided through the Integrative Graduate Education & Research Training Program, the Rutgers Energy Institute and the Bloustein Center for Energy, Economics and Environmental Policy.

Preferred backgrounds include materials science, chemical engineering, systems level assembly of devices, electro-chemistry, electro-catalysis, polymer science. Exceptional opportunities are available for highly motivated candidates with strong publication records, regardless of their specific area of expertise. A list of prior publications from these projects is attached.

The initial appointment will be for one year. Funding for a second year is available with mutual agreement. The position is open until filled. Posted May 20, 2015.

Applications should include a curriculum vita, list of publications and a brief statement (less than 3 pages) of research interests and goals. On the application, please list three references that you have asked to send letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the following address with this subject line:


Reference letters on letterhead may be sent either to the address below (hard copies) or to the previous electronic address using the same subject line formatting as above.


Solar Fuels Research Associate Position

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

610 Taylor Road

Rutgers University

Piscataway, NJ 08854


Publications upon which this project will build:


  1. Cady, C.W., G. Gardner, Z.O. Maron, M. Retuerto, Y.B. Go, S. Segan, M. Greenblatt and G.C. Dismukes, (2015) “Tuning the Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation Properties of AB2O4 Spinel Nanocrystals: A (Li, Mg, Zn) and B (Mn, Co) Site Variants of LiMn2O4”. ACS Catalysis, In press.
  2. A. B. Laursen, K. R. Patraju, M. Whitaker, T. Sarkar, N. Yao, K. V. Ramanujachary, M. Greenblatt, G. C. Dismukes.Nanocrystalline NixPy: a hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst of exceptional efficiency in both alkaline and acidic media” Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 1027-1034 DOI: 10.1039/C4EE02940B.; Press Release: holds-great-promise-for-advancing-sustainable-energy
  3. Smith, F., C. Kaplan, J. E. Sheats, D. M. Robinson, N. S. McCool, N. Mezle and G. C. Dismukes (2014). “What Determines Catalyst Functionality in Molecular Water Oxidation? Dependence on Ligands and Metal Nuclearity in Cobalt Clusters.” Inorganic Chemistry 53(4): 2113-2121.
  4. Robinson, M., Y.B. Go, M. Mui, G. Gardner, Z. Zhang, J. Li, M. Greenblatt, and G.C. Dismukes, Water oxidation by crystalline polymorphs of manganese oxides: structural requirements for catalysis. J Am Chem Soc, 2013, 135, 3494.
  5. Gardner,P., Y.B. Go, D.M. Robinson, P.F. Smith, J. Hadermann, A. Abakumov, M. Greenblatt, and G.C. Dismukes, Structural Requirements in Lithium Cobalt Oxides for the Catalytic Oxidation of Water. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012. 51(7): p. 1616-19.
  6. McCool, S., D.M. Robinson, J.E. Sheats, and G.C. Dismukes, A Co4O4 ‚Cubane Water Oxidation Catalyst Inspired by Photosynthesis. J Am Chem Soc, 2011. 133(30): p. 11446-11449.
  7. Robinson, M., Y.B. Go, M. Greenblatt, and G.C. Dismukes, Water Oxidation by lambda-MnO2: Catalysis by the Cubical Mn4O4 Subcluster Obtained by Delithiation of Spinel LiMn2O4. J Am Chem Soc, 2010. 132(33): p. 11467-11469.
  8. Liang, S. Khatun and E. W. Castner, Jr., “Communication: Unusual Structure and Transport in Ionic Liquid-Hexane Mixtures”, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 121101 (2015). doi: 10.1063/1.4916388.
  9. Khatun and E. W. Castner, Jr., “Ionic Liquid-Solute Interactions Studies by 2D NOE NMR Spectroscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, ASAP. doi: 10.1021/jp509861g.
  10. W. Castner, Jr., C. J. Margulis, M. Maroncelli, and J. F. Wishart, “Ionic Liquids: Structure and Photochemical Reactivity”, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2011, 62, 85-105. doi: 10.1146/annurev- physchem-032210-103421.