Tom Jaramillo

Assistant Professor

Deputy Director for Experiments, Task leader for synthesis, characterization, and demonstration
(650) 353-1984

One of the most important technical problems facing humanity is the development of a long-term, sustainable energy economy. In our research group, we develop clean energy technologies. We conduct fundamental research into the chemistry and physics of materials and engineer their surface and bulk properties to ultimately improve the efficiency of chemical transformations in renewable energy.


Designing an improved transition metal phosphide catalyst for hydrogen evolution using experimental and theoretical trends. Jakob Kibsgaard, Charlie Tsai, Karen Chan, Jesse D. Benck, Jens K. Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 3022-3029. 2015. Benchmarking HER and OER Electrocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting Devices. Charles C. L. McCrory, Suho Jung, Ivonne M. Ferrer, Shawn M. Chatman, Jonas C. Peters, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 4347-4357. 2015.
Molybdenum Phosphosulfide: An Active, Acid-Stable Earth-Abundant Catalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Jakob Kibsgaard, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53, 14433-14437. 2014. Operando Characterization of an Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide Nanoparticle Catalyst during the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Hernan Sanchez Casalongue, Jesse D. Benck, Charlie Tsai, Rasmus Karlsson, Sarp Kaya, May Ling Ng, Lars Pettersson, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Hirohito Ogasawara, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Anders Nilsson. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118, 29252-29259. 2014.
Nickel-silver alloy electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution and oxidation in an alkaline electrolyte. Maureen H. Tang, Christopher Hahn, Aidan J. Klobuchar, Jia Wei Desmond Ng, Jess Wellendorff, Thomas Bligaard, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 19250-19257. 2014. Climbing the Activity Volcano: Core-Shell Ru@Pt Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction. Ariel Jackson, Venkat Viswanathan, Arnold J. Forman, Ask H. Larsen, Jens K. Nørskov, Thomas F. Jaramillo. ChemElectroChem, 1, 67-71. 2014.
Identifying active surface phases for metal oxide electrocatalysts: a study of manganese oxide bi-functional catalysts for oxygen reduction and water oxidation catalysis. Hai-Yan Su, Yelena Gorlin, Isabela C. Man, Federico Calle-Vallejo, Jens K. Nørskov, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jan Rossmeisl. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14, 14010-14022. 2012. Simulating Linear Sweep Voltammetry from First-Principles: Application to Electrochemical Oxidation of Water on Pt(111) and Pt3Ni(111). Venkat Viswanathan, Heine A. Hansen, Jan Rossmeisl, Thomas Francisco Jaramillo, Heinz Pitsch, Jens K. Nørskov. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 4698-4704. 2012.