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Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis - Energy Frontiers Research Center

Dr. Morris Bullock, CME Director

About Us

About the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis

To improve reactions important for solar energy storage and fuel cells, the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis seeks to transform our ability to design electrocatalysts that convert electrical energy into the chemical bonds of fuels, or the reverse, convert chemical energy into electrical energy. Our researchers seek to understand, predict, and control the intra- and intermolecular flow of protons in catalytic reactions that are key to a secure energy future. Specifically, our researchers are working to make hydrogen reactions faster and more efficient, to discover more selective catalysts to split molecular oxygen, and improve important aspects of molecular nitrogen catalysts.

Research Plan: Our research addresses how proton relays—which deliver protons to or from the active site on a catalyst—regulate the movement of protons and electrons to accelerate electrocatalytic reactions. By understanding the intricacies of proton relays, we are providing the knowledge needed to manipulate the relays in new catalysts that push back the energy frontiers.

Research Team: The Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis is led by Dr. Morris Bullock at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The team’s scientists are from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, and Yale University. See our organization chart.

Funding: This Energy Frontier Research Center, which began in 2009, will receive $3.5 million a year for 4 years (fiscal years 2015-2018) from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

Researchers at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis are working to make hydrogen reactions faster and more efficient.


Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis


Our Mission

Our scientific mission is to establish the fundamental principles needed for efficient interconversion of electrical energy and chemical bonds through precise control of electron and proton transfers.


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