The Nichols Lab is highly interdisciplinary, merging synthetic chemistry, materials interfaces, and biology with electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. We aim to study electrocatalysts for applications in sustainability, as well as bio-materials interfaces relevant to human health.
We will make particular use of operando and time-resolved FT-IR techniques in order to:
1) Investigate how electrocatalytic reaction pathways can be manipulated by molecular design of the interfacial region,
2) Study carbon monoxide reduction/coupling reactions on heterobimetallic molecular platforms, and
3) Examine interfaces between electrodes and potential-responsive secretory cells such as neurons or endocrine cells.