My Research

Publications:

A review: Methods to fabricate vertically oriented metal nanowire arrays. N. T. Nesbitt, M. J. Naughton. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (2017),.

Aluminum nanowire arrays via directed assembly. N. T. Nesbitt, J. M. Merlo, A. H. Rose, Y. M. Calm, K. Kempa, M. J. Burns, M. J. Naughton. Nano Lett. (2015), 15, 7294−7299.

Electrochemical Fabrication of Nanoarchitectures:

My primary research interest is to develop technology that is inexpensive and environmentally benign, which will improve the lives of everyone. The focus of my PhD research has been to develop methods of fabricating nanostructures for solar cells and  electrochemical CO2 reduction that are low-cost, have low embedded energy, use environmentally benign materials, and are easily scalable for commercial production.

Dendrite Nano-Electrode Growth:

Electrochemical CO2 reduction holds promise to produce hydrocarbons from water and atmospheric CO2 (just like trees do!). This is important for seasonal storage of renewable energy, allowing the capture of solar and wind energy in the summer and consumption of that energy in the winter. The limitation to commercializing this technology is the performance of the CO2 reduction catalyst. However, significant progress has been made in recent years, and electrodeposition of metal nanostructures has been demonstrated in labs as an effective means of fabricating these catalysts. I conducted research at TU Delft on fabrication of Au nanostructured electrocatalysts beginning in 2016, and continue this work at Boston College.

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