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Jin Suntivich

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Bard Hall, Room 226


Jin Suntivich is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Jin received his B.A. in Integrated Science and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Afterward, Jin went to obtain his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, where his research focused on finding a structure-property relation that controls the electrochemical activity of transition metal oxides and nanoparticles for fuel cells, electrolyzers, and metal-air batteries. Jin conducted his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. There, he worked on understanding the light-matter interaction in titanium oxides and the role of non-equilibrium structure on the surface chemistry and the carrier lifetimes. His interest is in developing rational strategies for designing new materials for energy and environmental applications.

Research Interests

Our group focuses on identifying design strategies based on optics and electronic structure engineering to discover new materials and devices for sustainable energy and environmental technologies. Ongoing efforts in our group include: Electrocatalysts and photocatalysts from transition metal oxide heterostructures, in situ spectroscopy on catalytic and photocatalytic surfaces, nanophotonics for environmental sensing, pollution detection, and toxin deactivation.

Selected Publications

  • Suntivich, Jin, K. J. May, H. A. Gasteiger, J. B. Goodenough, Y. Shao-Horn.  2011. "A Perovskite Oxide Optimized for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis from Molecular Orbital Principles."  Science 334 (6061): 1383-1385.
  • Suntivich, Jin, H. A. Gasteiger, N. Yabuuchi, J. B. Goodenough, Y. Shao-Horn.  2011. "Design Principles for Oxygen Reduction Activity on Perovskite Oxide Catalysts for Fuel Cell and Metal air Batteries."  Nature Chem 3: 546-550.
  • Suntivich, Jin, H. A. Gasteiger, N. Yabuuchi, Y. Shao-Horn.  2010. "Electrocatalytic Measurement Methodology of Oxide Catalysts Using a Thin-film Rotating Disk Electrode."  J. Electrochem Soc. 157 (8): B1263-1268.
  • McGuire, R., D. K. Dogutan, T. S. Teets, Jin Suntivich, Y. Shao-Horn, D. G. Nocera.  2010. "Oxygen Reduction Reactivity of Cobalt(II) Hangman Porphyrins."  Chem Sci 1 (3): 411-414.
  • Byon, H. R., Jin Suntivich, E. J. Crumlin, Y. Shao-Horn.  2011. "Fe-N-Modified Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acid."  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 (48): 21437-21445.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • David Croll Faculty Fellowship (Cornell) 2013
  • Ziff Environmental Fellowship (Harvard) 2012
  • Graduate Student Award (Materials Research Society) 2011
  • Chesonis Foundation Fellowship (MIT) 2009
  • Pearland Nanotechnology Award (Rice Business Plan Competition) 2010