James R McKone

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
PhD, chemistry, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Summary:

The McKone group combines basic and applied research in experimental electrochemistry to advance promising technologies for sustainable energy and next-generation electronics. To this end, we are pursuing research projects related to electrochemical catalysis, battery energy storage, solar photochemistry, 2-dimensional semiconductors, and interdisciplinary chemical reaction engineering & design.

Our work draws on an interdisciplinary set of tools and expertise, including:

  • electroanalytical chemistry
  • colloidal, ceramic, and metallurgical materials synthesis
  • inorganic/organometallic chemistry
  • surface science
  • optical and x-ray spectroscopies
  • nanofabrication and characterization
  • engineering analysis and design
Students
Namesort descending Position Email
Bostian, Eli Graduate Student meb242@pitt.edu
Deng, Yifan Graduate Student yid26@pitt.edu
Meng, Qiudi Graduate Student qim17@pitt.edu
Patil, Rituja Graduate Student rbp25@pitt.edu
Sawant, Tejal Graduate Student tvs8@pitt.edu
Siegel, Emily Undergraduate Student ems213@pitt.edu

Eli Bostian

Graduate Student

meb242@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Yifan Deng

Graduate Student

yid26@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Qiudi Meng

Graduate Student

qim17@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Rituja Patil

Graduate Student

rbp25@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Tejal Sawant

Graduate Student

tvs8@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Emily Siegel

Undergraduate Student

ems213@pitt.edu
Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Most Cited Publications
  1. “Solar water splitting cells,”” M. G. Walter, E. L. Warren, J. R.  McKone, S. W. Boettcher, Q Mi, E. A. Santori,and Nathan S. Lewis, Chemical reviews 110 (11), 6446 (2010)
  2. “Nanostructured nickel phosphide as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction,” E. J. Popczun, J. R. McKone, C. G. Read, A. J. Biacchi, A. M. Wiltrout, N. S. Lewis and Raymond E. Schaak, Journal of the American Chemical Society 135, 9267 (2013)
  3. “Photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution using Si microwire arrays,” S. W. Boettcher, E. L. Warren, M. C. Putnam, E. A. Santori, D. Turner-Evans, Michael D. Kelzenberg, Michael G. Walter, James R. McKone, Bruce S. Brunschwig, Harry A. Atwater, and Nathan S. Lewis, Journal of the American Chemical Society 133, 1216 (2011)
  4. “Will solar-driven water-splitting devices see the light of day?,” J. R. McKone, N . S . Lewis, H . B. Gray, Chemistry of Materials 26, 407 (2014)
  5. “Ni–Mo nanopowders for efficient electrochemical hydrogen evolution,” J. R. McKone, B. F. Sadtler, C. A. Werlang, N. S. Lewis, H. B. Gray, ACS catalysis 3, 166 (2013)
Recent Publications
  1. "Flow Battery Electroanalysis: Hydrodynamic Voltammetry of Aqueous Fe(III/II) Redox Couples at Polycrystalline Pt and Au," Tejal Sawant, and James R. McKone ,ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (2018)
  2. "Carbon Supports Mitigate Resistivity Limitations in Ni–Mo Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalysts," Rituja B. Patil, Aayush Mantri, Stephen D. House, Judith C. Yang, and James R. McKone, ChemRxiv (2018)
  3. "Elucidating the active sites for CO 2 electroreduction on ligand-protected Au 25 nanoclusters." Austin, Natalie, Shuo Zhao, James R. McKone, Rongchao Jin, and Giannis Mpourmpakis. Catalysis Science & Technology 8, no. 15 (2018): 3795-3805.
  4. "A Benchmarking Approach for Routine Determination of Flow Battery Kinetics", Tejal Sawant, James McKone,ChemRxiv. (2018).
  5. “Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution at Ordered Mo7Ni7,” Peter M. Csernica, James R. McKone, Catherine R. Mulzer, William R. Dichtel, Hector D. Abruna,  and Francis J. DiSalvo, ACS Catal. 7, 3375 (2017)

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