Faculty Assistant

Denise D'Auria
Frick Laboratory, 228

Research Focus

Andrew Bocarsly video interviewDr. Andrew Bocarsly's research interests lie in the general field of physical inorganic chemistry, with emphasis on the chemistry of excited state and charge transfer processes and the chemistry of surfaces. These interests have resulted in his research focusing on electrochemistry, photochemistry, solid state chemistry, and fuel cells. There are three active projects (CO2 Reduction, Fuel Cells, and Cyanogels) on which graduate and undergraduate students currently work. 

Research Areas
Catalysis / Synthesis
Inorganic Chemistry
Selected Recent Publications

Gu, J.; Yan, Y.; Krizan, J. W.; Gibson, Q. D.; Detweiler, Z. M.; Cava, R. J.; Bocarsly, A. B., "p-Type CuRhO2 as a Self-Healing Photoelectrode for Water Reduction under Visible Light." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136 (3), 830-833.

Agarwal, J.; Shaw, T. W.; Stanton, C. J., III; Majetich, G. F.; Bocarsly, A. B.; Schaefer, H. F., III, "NHC-Containing Manganese(I) Electrocatalysts for the Two-Electron Reduction of CO2." Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2014, 53 (20), 5152-5155.

Detweiler, Z. M.; White, J. L.; Bernasek, S. L.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Anodized Indium Metal Electrodes for Enhanced Carbon Dioxide Reduction in Aqueous Electrolyte." Langmuir 2014, 30 (25), 7593-7600.

Yan, Y.; Gu, J.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Hydrogen Bonded Pyridine Dimer: A Possible Intermediate in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol." Aerosol and Air Quality Research 2014, 14 (2), 515-521.

Watkins, J. D.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Direct Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formate in High-Gas-Capacity Ionic Liquids at Post-Transition-Metal Electrodes." Chemsuschem 2014, 7 (1), 284-290.

Yan, Y.; Zeitler, E. L.; Gu, J.; Hu, Y.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Electrochemistry of Aqueous Pyridinium: Exploration of a Key Aspect of Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Methanol." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135 (38), 14020-14023.

Gu, J.; Wuttig, A.; Krizan, J. W.; Hu, Y.; Detweiler, Z. M.; Cava, R. J.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Mg-Doped CuFeO2 Photocathodes for Photoelectrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117 (24), 12415-12422.

Appel, A. M.; Bercaw, J. E.; Bocarsly, A. B.; Dobbek, H.; DuBois, D. L.; Dupuis, M.; Ferry, J. G.; Fujita, E.; Hille, R.; Kenis, P. J. A.; Kerfeld, C. A.; Morris, R. H.; Peden, C. H. F.; Portis, A. R.; Ragsdale, S. W.; Rauchfuss, T. B.; Reek, J. N. H.; Seefeldt, L. C.; Thauer, R. K.; Waldrop, G. L., "Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges in Biochemical and Chemical Catalysis of CO2 Fixation." Chemical Reviews 2013, 113 (8), 6621-6658.

Keets, K. A.; Cole, E. B.; Morris, A. J.; Sivasankar, N.; Teamey, K.; Lakkaraju, P. S.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Analysis of pyridinium catalyzed electrochemical and photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2: Chemistry and economic impact." Indian Journal of Chemistry Section a-Inorganic Bio-Inorganic Physical Theoretical & Analytical Chemistry 2012, 51 (9-10), 1284-1297.

Bocarsly, A. B.; Gibson, Q. D.; Morris, A. J.; L'Esperance, R. P.; Detweiler, Z. M.; Lakkaraju, P. S.; Zeitler, E. L.; Shaw, T. W., "Comparative Study of Imidazole and Pyridine Catalyzed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Illuminated Iron Pyrite Electrodes." Acs Catalysis 2012, 2 (8), 1684-1692.

Morris, A. J.; McGibbon, R. T.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Electrocatalytic Carbon Dioxide Activation: The Rate-Determining Step of Pyridinium-Catalyzed CO2 Reduction." Chemsuschem 2011, 4 (2), 191-196.

Cole, E. B.; Lakkaraju, P. S.; Rampulla, D. M.; Morris, A. J.; Abelev, E.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Using a One-Electron Shuttle for the Multielectron Reduction of CO2 to Methanol: Kinetic, Mechanistic, and Structural Insights." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132 (33), 11539-11551.

Burgess, C. M.; Yao, N.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Stabilizing cyanosols: amorphous cyanide bridged transition metal polymer nanoparticles." Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19 (46), 8846-8855.

Barton, E. E.; Rampulla, D. M.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Selective solar-driven reduction of CO2 to methanol using a catalyzed p-GaP based photoelectrochemical cell." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130 (20), 6342-+.

Vondrova, M.; McQueen, T. M.; Burgess, C. M.; Ho, D. M.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Autoreduction of Pd-Co and Pt-Co cyanogels: Exploration of cyanometalate coordination chemistry at elevated temperatures." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130 (16), 5563-5572.

Persad, A.; Chow, K. F.; Wang, W.; Wang, E.; Okafor, A.; Jespersen, N.; Mann, J.; Bocarsly, A., "Investigation of dye-doped sol-gels for ammonia gas sensing." Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2008, 129 (1), 359-363.

Majsztrik, P.; Bocarsly, A.; Benziger, J., "Water Permeation through Nafion Membranes: The Role of Water Activity." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2008, 112 (51), 16280-16289.

Majsztrik, P. W.; Bocarsly, A. B.; Benziger, J. B., "Viscoelastic Response of Nafion. Effects of Temperature and Hydration on Tensile Creep." Macromolecules 2008, 41 (24), 9849-9862.

Burgess, C. M.; Vondrova, M.; Bocarsly, A. B., "A versatile chemical method for the formation of macroporous transition metal alloys from cyanometalate coordination polymers." Journal of Materials Chemistry 2008, 18 (31), 3694-3701.

Majsztrik, P. W.; Satterfield, M. B.; Bocarsly, A. B.; Benziger, J. B., "Water sorption, desorption and transport in Nafion membranes." Journal of Membrane Science 2007, 301 (1-2), 93-106.

Nicotera, I.; Zhang, T.; Bocarsly, A.; Greenbaum, S., "NMR characterization of composite polymer membranes for low-humidity PEM fuel cells." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2007, 154 (5), B466-B473.

Majsztrik, P. W.; Bocarsly, A. B.; Benziger, J. B., "An instrument for environmental control of vapor pressure and temperature for tensile creep and other mechanical property measurements." Review of Scientific Instruments 2007, 78 (10).

Vondrova, M.; Burgess, C. M.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Cyanogel coordination polymers as precursors to transition metal alloys and intermetallics - from traditional heating to microwave processing." Chemistry of Materials 2007, 19 (9), 2203-2212.

Satterfield, M. B.; Majsztrik, P. W.; Ota, H.; Benziger, J. B.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Mechanical properties of Nafion and titania/Nafion composite membranes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells." Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics 2006, 44 (16), 2327-2345.

Mann, J.; Yao, N.; Bocarsly, A. B., "Characterization and analysis of new catalysts for a direct ethanol fuel cell." Langmuir 2006, 22 (25), 10432-10436.