Jin Suntivich

Jin Suntivich

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Bard Hall, Room 226


Professor Jin Suntivich is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Integrated Science from Northwestern University, followed by a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, Jin embarked on his independent career as an assistant professor at Cornell. During this time, he has dedicated his efforts to comprehending the fundamental mechanisms of electrocatalysis and exploring the structure-property relationship at solid-liquid interfaces. His research interest spans a range of topics, including the measurement of surface thermochemistry, the development of in-situ tools for probing bond-forming events, and identifying mechanism-driven strategies for designing materials for energy and separation applications.

Research Interests

Our core interest is in materials sustainability. Current efforts include materials for energy storage and conversion technologies, mitigation strategies for materials corrosions in harsh environments, in-situ tools for probing interface dynamics, and novel methods for separation applications.

Selected Publications

  1. Xu, P., von Rueden, A.D., Schimmenti, R., Mavrikakis, M., Suntivich, J., “Potential of Zero Charge at Platinum-Water Electrochemical Interface: A Spectroscopy-Theory Investigation”, Nat. Mater. 22 (2023), 503-510.
  2. Nason, A.K., Jerozal, R.T., Milner, P.J., Suntivich, J., “Reactive Crystallization via Metal-Organic-Framework Formation Enables Separation of Terephthalic Acid from Textile Impurities”, ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng.11 1 (2023), 18-22.
  3. Kuo, D.Y., Lu, X., Hu, B., Abruña, H.D., Suntivich, J., “Rate and Mechanism of Electrochemical Formation of Surface-Bound Hydrogen on Pt(111) Single Crystals”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett.13 (2022) 6383-6390.
  4. Wan, G., Freeland, J.W., Kloppenburg, J., Petretto, G., Nelson, J.N., Kuo, D.-Y., Sun, C.-J., Wen, J., Diulus, J.T., Herman, G.S., Dong, Y., Kou, R., Sun, J., Chen, S., Shen, K.M., Schlom, D.G., Rignanese, G.-M., Hautier, G., Fong, D.D., Feng, Z., Zhou, H., Suntivich, J.,  “Amorphization Mechanism of SrIrO3 Electrocatalyst: How Oxygen Redox Initiates Ionic Diffusion and Structural Reorganization”, Sci. Adv.7 2 (2021) eabc7323.
  5. Kuo, D.Y., Paik, H., Kloppenburg, J., Faeth, B., Shen, K.M., Schlom, D.G., Hautier, G., Suntivich, J., “Measurements of Oxygen Electroadsorption Energies and Oxygen Evolution Reaction on RuO2(110): A Discussion of the Sabatier Principle and its Role in Electrocatalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.140 50 (2018), 17597-17605.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Early Career Achievement Award, Materials Science and Engineering (Northwestern University) 2023
  • Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering (Cornell University) 2022
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship (Humboldt Foundation) 2021
  • James and Mary Tien Teaching Award, College of Engineering (Cornell University) 2020
  • Sloan Research Fellowship (Sloan Foundation) 2018


  • BA/BS (Materials Science and Engineering), Northwestern University, 2006
  • Sc.D. (Materials Science and Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012


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