Joseph H. Montoya

Graduate Student

My research goal is to understand electrocatalytic reaction mechanisms in order to design more stable and active catalysts for electrochemical energy conversion technologies. Specifically, my interests include CO2 electroreduction on transition metal catalysts, particular for the synthesis of higher hydrocarbons, and total H2O splitting on perovskite oxides. My former research interests and positions have included metal recycling via electrowinning of spent NiMH battery materials at KMUTT in Bangkok, Thailand, and bimetallics in hydrogenation of multi-functional olefins and acetylene at the University of South Carolina in the Monnier/Williams group.


The Challenge of Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis: A New Perspective on the Role of Nitrogen Scaling Relations. Joseph H. Montoya, Charlie Tsai, Aleksandra Vojvodic, Jens K. Nørskov. ChemSusChem, 8, 2180-2186. 2015. Theoretical Insights into a CO Dimerization Mechanism in CO2 Electroreduction. Joseph H. Montoya, Chuan Shi, Karen Chan, Jens K. Nørskov. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6, 2032-2037. 2015.
Improving Oxygen Electrochemistry Through Nanoscopic Confinement. Andrew D. Doyle, Joseph H. Montoya, Aleksandra Vojvodic. ChemCatChem, 7, 738-742. 2015. Theoretical evaluation of the surface electrochemistry of perovskites with promising photon absorption properties for solar water splitting. Joseph H. Montoya, Monica Garcia-Mota, Jens K. Nørskov, Aleksandra Vojvodic. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 2634-2640. 2015.
Electroreduction of Methanediol on Copper. Heine A. Hansen, Joseph H. Montoya, Yin-Jia Zhang, Chuan Shi, Andrew A. Peterson, Jens K. Nørskov. Catalysis Letters, 143, 631-635. 2013. Insights into C-C Coupling in CO2 Electroreduction on Copper Electrodes. Joseph H. Montoya, Andrew A. Peterson, Jens K. Nørskov. ChemCatChem, 5, 737-742. 2013.