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David Raciti (Fed)

Materials Scientist and Chemical Engineer

Chemical transformations of organic molecules have a critical presence in the petrochemical, specialty materials, and pharmaceutical sectors, generating nearly $1 trillion in revenue each year. Electrochemistry stands uniquely poised to revolutionize the chemical industry by replacing exhaustible feedstocks, like fossil fuels, with the greenhouse gas, CO2. For this vision to become reality, explicit understanding of dynamic interactions at sensitive material/catalyst surface sites with reaction intermediates and surrounding molecules must be achieved. Such understanding will permit tuning of chemical reactivity, durability, and selectivity of these materials and maturation of commercial technologies. My research leverages nanotechnology synthesis strategies, novel in-situ spectroscopy, spectrometry, and microscopy to comprehensively study chemical reactions and events at heterogeneous interfaces allowing for a comprehensive understanding of atomic events at interfaces.

Research Interests:

  • Functional materials and nanostructures
  • Electrodeposition
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Interfacial chemistry
  • Renewable energy
  • Operando spectroscopic and spectrometry techniques

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Research Opportunities:  

If you are a postdoctoral candidate, we have openings that are immediately available to all US Citizens through the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associates Program (RAP).

If you are an undergraduate student interested in research experience at a national lab we have openings through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).

If you are a high school student interested in a summer internship please check out the Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP).

Please contact me if any of these programs are of interest to you.

 

Publications

In-situ Stress Measurements During CO Adsorption onto Pt

Author(s)
David Raciti, Gery R. Stafford, Kathleen Schwarz, John Vinson
The change in surface stress associated with the adsorption and oxidative stripping of carbon monoxide (CO) on (111)-textured Pt is examined using the wafer

Copper Nanocubes for CO2 Reduction in Gas Diffusion Electrodes

Author(s)
Yuxuan Wang, Hao Shen, Ken J. Livi, David Raciti, Han Zong, John Gregg, Mofopefoluwa Onadeko, Yidong Wang, Adam Watson, Chao Wang
Electroreduction of CO2 represents a promising solution for addressing the global challenges in energy and sustainability. The reaction is highly sensitive to
Created August 15, 2018, Updated February 2, 2022