Michael Janik

Associate Director & Thematic Area Lead, Integrated Energy Systems, Institute of Energy and the Environment
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research Summary

Atomistic modeling approaches to study systems of relevance for advanced energy conversion technology. The majority of ongoing projects examine electrocatalytic systems, applying first principles modeling techniques to determine reaction mechanism and advance the design of electrode materials for fuel cells.Projects are also looking at the development of polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries, fossil fuel reforming and desulfurization, and biomass conversion to liquid fuels.

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Recent Publications

An efficient approach to compartmentalize double layer effects on kinetics of interfacial proton-electron transfer reactions

Agrawal, N., Wong, A. J. W., Maheshwari, S. & Janik, M. J., Feb 2024, In: Journal of Catalysis. 430, 115360.

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Quantifying the Affinity Difference between Lithium and Close Identity Ions Using ETS-10 Titanosilicate

Guo, W. K., Rosko, E., Zeszutek, G., DeVore, U., Zhang, X., Janik, M. J. & Noh, G., Apr 10 2024, In: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 63, 14, p. 6325-6332 8 p.

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Tight-binding model describes frontier orbitals of non-fullerene acceptors

Jindal, V., Janik, M. J. & Milner, S. T., Jan 5 2024, In: Molecular Systems Design and Engineering. 9, 4, p. 382-398 17 p.

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Tight-binding model predicts exciton energetics and structure for photovoltaic molecules

Jindal, V., Aldahdooh, M. K. R., Gomez, E. D., Janik, M. J. & Milner, S. T., May 10 2024, In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 26, 21, p. 15472-15483 12 p.

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High molecular weight crystalline PEO6-based polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion conduction—Effect of cellulose nanowhiskers

Ram, S. C. V., Deo, S., Zhan, P., Janik, M. J. & Maranas, J. K., Jun 1 2024, In: Journal of Polymer Science. 62, 11, p. 2288-2300 13 p.

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Deconvoluting charge-transfer, mass transfer, and ohmic resistances in phosphonic acid-sulfonic acid ionomer binders used in electrochemical hydrogen pumps

Arunagiri, K., Wong, A. J. W., Briceno-Mena, L., Elsayed, H. M. G. H., Romagnoli, J. A., Janik, M. J. & Arges, C. G., Oct 17 2023, In: Energy and Environmental Science. 16, 12, p. 5916-5932 17 p.

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Toward Understanding and Controlling Organic Reactions on Metal Oxide Catalysts

Fung, V., Janik, M., Crossley, S., Chin, Y. H. C. & Savara, A., Jul 20 2023, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 127, 28, p. 13451-13465 15 p.

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Active-site isolation in intermetallics enables precise identification of elementary reaction kinetics during olefin hydrogenation

He, H., Canning, G. A., Nguyen, A., Dasgupta, A., Meyer, R. J., Rioux, R. M. & Janik, M. J., Jul 2023, In: Nature Catalysis. 6, 7, p. 596-605 10 p.

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Cation Incorporation into Copper Oxide Lattice at Highly Oxidizing Potentials

Ostervold, L., Smerigan, A., Liu, M. J., Filardi, L. R., Vila, F. D., Perez-Aguilar, J. E., Hong, J., Tarpeh, W. A., Hoffman, A. S., Greenlee, L. F., Clark, E. L., Janik, M. J. & Bare, S. R., Oct 11 2023, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 15, 40, p. 47025-47036 12 p.

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Identifying the Local Atomic Environment of the “Cu3+” State in Alkaline Electrochemical Systems

Ostervold, L., Daneshpour, R., Facchinei, M., Tran, B., Wetherington, M., Alexopoulos, K., Greenlee, L. & Janik, M. J., Jun 14 2023, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 15, 23, p. 27878-27892 15 p.

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Combining Renewable Electricity and Renewable Carbon: Understanding Reaction Mechanisms of Biomass-Derived Furanic Compounds for Design of Catalytic Nanomaterials

Ramos, N. C., Manyé Ibáñez, M., Mittal, R., Janik, M. J. & Holewinski, A., Oct 3 2023, In: Accounts of Chemical Research. 56, 19, p. 2631-2641 11 p.

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Negative Dielectric Constant of Water at a Metal Interface

Tran, B., Zhou, Y., Janik, M. J. & Milner, S. T., Dec 15 2023, In: Physical review letters. 131, 24, 248001.

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Stabilization of Dinuclear Rhodium and Iridium Clusters on Layered Titanate and Niobate Supports

Uppuluri, R., Hwang, S., Maheshwari, S., Zhao, P., Gray, J. L., Rosas, A. S., Yennawar, H. P., Fan, X., Janik, M. J. & Mallouk, T. E., Jan 23 2023, In: Inorganic chemistry. 62, 3, p. 1113-1121 9 p.

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Investigating the electrocatalytic reduction of 2,4,6-tri-nitro-toluene (TNT) using density functional theory methods

Wong, A. J. W., Miller, J. L., Perdue, B. & Janik, M. J., May 25 2023, In: Green Chemistry. 25, 13, p. 5097-5112 16 p.

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Atomic control of active-site ensembles in ordered alloys to enhance hydrogenation selectivity

Dasgupta, A., He, H., Gong, R., Shang, S. L., Zimmerer, E. K., Meyer, R. J., Liu, Z. K., Janik, M. J. & Rioux, R. M., May 2022, In: Nature Chemistry. 14, 5, p. 523-529 7 p.

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