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Thomas E. Mallouk

Thomas E. Mallouk

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  • Head of the Chemistry Department
  • Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
205 South Frear
(mailbox 104 Chemistry)
University Park, PA 16802
Email: tem5@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 863-9637

Research Interests

Materials chemistry: surface chemistry, layered materials, self-assembly, artificial photosynthesis, catalysis, environmental chemistry.

Graduate Programs

BMMB, CHEM, MATSE, PHYS

Research Summary

Chemistry of Nanoscale Materials

The Mallouk Group is interested in several problems in materials chemistry, including photocatalysis, electrochemical energy conversion, the chemistry of layered and porous materials, and motion on the nanoscale. Our approach involves the synthesis of materials that contain both molecular and solid state components, and the study of their structure and properties by a variety of physical techniques.

Selected Publications

  • M. E. Strayer, T. P. Senftle, J. P. Winterstein, N. M. Vargas-Barbosa, R. Sharma, R. M. Rioux, M. J. Janik, and T. E. Mallouk, "Charge transfer stabilization of late transition metal oxide nanoparticles on a layered niobate support," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 16216-16224 (2015).
  • Y. Zhao, N. Vargas-Barbosa, M. E. Strayer, N. S. McCool, M.-E. Pandelia, T. R. Saunders, J. R. Swierk, J. Callejas, L. Jensen, and T. E. Mallouk, "Understanding the effect of monomeric iridium(III/IV) aquo complexes on the photoelectrochemistry of IrOx.nH2O-catalyzed water-splitting systems," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 8749-8757 (2015).
  • W. Wang, W. Duan, S. Ahmed, A. Sen, and T. E. Mallouk, "From one to many: dynamic assembly and collective behavior of self-propelled colloidal motors," Acc. Chem. Res., 48, 1938-1946 (2015).
  • W. Wang, W. Duan, Z. Zhang, M. Sun, A. Sen, and T. E. Mallouk, "A tale of two forces: simultaneous chemical and acoustic propulsion of bimetallic micromotors," Chem. Comm., 51,1020-1023 (2015).
  • J. R. Swierk, D. D. Mendez-Hernandez, N. S. McCool, P. Liddell, Y. Terazono, I. Pahk, J. J. Tomlin, N. V. Oster, T. A. Moore, A. L. Moore, D. Gust, T. E. Mallouk, "Metal-free organic sensitizers for use in water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells," PNAS, 112, 1681-1686 (2015).

Honors and Awards

  • Priestley Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Schreyer Honors College Teaching Award
  • ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
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