Principal Investigator

Bart M. Bartlett

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Chemistry Debut: 1996

Washington University in St. Louis A.B. summa cum laude, Chemistry 2000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry 2005
University of California, Berkeley UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow 2008

Graduate Students

James J. Brancho

3rd year inorganic student

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Chemistry Debut: 2007

Duquesne University B.S. magna cum laude, Chemistry 2011

Research Project: Synthesis of bulk heterojunction tungstates and alloys for solar water oxidation

Samuel L. Esarey

1st year materials chemistry student

Hometown: Blairsville, PA
Chemistry Debut: 2009

Denison University B.S. cum laude, Chemistry 2013

Research Project: Synthesis of tandem molecular/solid-state architectures for photocatalytic water oxidation

Benjamin M. Klepser

4th year organic chemistry student

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Chemistry Debut: 2007

Calvin College B.S. Biochemistry 2010

Research Project: Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of molecular water oxidation catalysts

Charles R. Lhermitte

3rd year inorganic chemistry student

Hometown: Miami, FL
Chemistry Debut: 2007

University of Miami B.S. Chemistry 2011

Research Project: Microscale architectures for improving photoelectrochemical water oxidation on tungstate materials

Emily G. Nelson

5th year inorganic chemistry student

Hometown Celedonia, MI
Chemistry Debut: 2004

Calvin College B.S. Biochemistry 2009

Research Project: Air- and moisture stable electrolytes for multivalent Mg2+-ion batteries

Kayla J. Pyper

4th year inorganic chemistry student

Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
Chemistry Debut: 2006

Abilene Christian University B.S. cum laude, Chemistry and Mathematics 2010

Research Project: Electronic structure measurements on surface-modified electrodes for solar water oxidation

Frances A. Venable

1st year inorganic chemistry student

Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Chemistry Debut: 2009

Park University B.S. summa cum laude, Chemistry 2013

Research Project: Templated growth of metal oxide nanostructures for Li-ion battery electrodes


Scott I. Brody

Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Chemistry Debut: 2012

University of Michigan Biochemistry ~2016

Research Project: Synthesis of electrolytes for multivalent Mg2+-ion batteries

Lydia M. Mensah

Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Chemistry Debut: 2011

Xavier University Chemistry (ACS Certified) ~2015

Research Project: Electrochemical synthesis of metal oxyhydroxy water oxidation electrocatalysts

J. Garret Verwer

Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Chemistry Debut: 2012

Mercyhurst University Chemistry ~2016

Research Project: Spray pyrolysis of catalytically active metal oxides for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

Group Alumni and Old Group Photos  

Former Ph.D. Students
Dr. Tanya M. Breault Ph.D. Chemistry, 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan
Dr. Xiaoguang Hao Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014 Research Associate at Nissan North America, Farmington Hills, MI
Dr. Joseph E. Yourey Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014 Research Scientist at DuPont Chemical Company, Wilmington, DE
Former Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Vinodkumar Etacheri UMEI PISET Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Dr. Andrea Geyer Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010 Assistant Professor, University of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN
Dr. Yenting Kuo UMEI PISET Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow at National Cheng Kung University
Dr. Brendan J. Liddle Michigan Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 Research Manager at Materion Advanced Chemicals, Milwaukee, WI
Former Undergraduates in Ph.D. Programs
Andrew W. Bielawski B.S. Chemistry, 2012 Graduate Student at the University of Michigan
Taylor C. Evans B.S. Chemistry, 2014 Graduate Student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Aaron J. Goodman B.S. summa cum laude Chemistry and Pure Mathematics, 2012 Graduate Student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael J. Holland B.S. Biochemistry, 2011 Graduate Student at Northwestern University
David F. Yancey B.S. Chemistry, 2009 Research Scientist at Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 2014