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Eberly College of Science Department of Chemistry
Raymond E. Schaak

Raymond E. Schaak

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  • DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry
Office:
523 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email:
(814) 865-8600

Education:

  1. B.S. Lebanon Valley College, 1998
  2. Ph.D. Penn State University, 2001

Honors and Awards:

  1. NSF CAREER Award, 2006
  2. Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2006
  3. DuPont Young Professor Grant, 2006
  4. Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2007
  5. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2007
  6. National Fresenius Award, 2011
  7. Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences, 2012

Selected Publications:

J.F. Callejas, J.M. McEnaney, C.G. Read, J.C. Crompton, A.J. Biacchi, E.J. Popczun, T.R. Gordon, N.S. Lewis, R.E. Schaak, “Electrocatalytic and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production from Acidic and Neutral-pH Aqueous Solutions Using Iron Phosphide Nanoparticles,” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 11101-11107.

T.R. Gordon, R.E. Schaak, “Synthesis of Hybrid Au-In2O3 Nanoparticles Exhibiting Dual Plasmonic Resonance,” Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 5900-5904.

E.J. Popczun, C.G. Read, C.W. Roske, N.S. Lewis, R.E. Schaak, “Highly active electrocatalysis of the hydrogen-evolution reaction by cobalt phosphide nanoparticles,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 5427-5430.

J.M. Hodges, A.J. Biacchi, R.E. Schaak, “Ternary Hybrid Nanoparticle Isomers:  Directing the Nucleation of Ag on Pt-Fe3O4 Using a Solid-State Protecting Group,” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 1047-1055.

A.J. Biacchi, D.D. Vaughn II, R.E. Schaak, “Synthesis and Crystallographic Analysis of Shape-Controlled SnS Nanocrystal Photocatalysts:  Evidence for a Pseudotetragonal Structural Modification,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11634-11644.

E.J. Popczun, J.R. McKone, C.G. Read, A.J. Biacchi, A.M. Wiltrout, N.S. Lewis, R.E. Schaak, “Nanostructured Nickel Phosphide as an Electrocatalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 9267-9270.

M.R. Buck and R.E. Schaak, “Emerging Strategies for the Total Synthesis of Inorganic Nanostructures,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6154-6178.

M.R. Buck, J.F. Bondi, and R.E. Schaak, “A total synthesis framework for the construction of high-order colloidal hybrid nanoparticles,” Nature Chemistry 2012, 4, 37-44.

Information:

The Schaak group’s main research interests are in the general area of synthetic inorganic nanochemistry.  We identify target materials systems that underpin practical, relevant, and emerging applications, but for which a fundamentally interesting synthetic bottleneck precludes their formation.  We then seek to develop new synthetic tools that overcome these challenges, both to generate and study our specific target materials and also to provide conceptually new synthetic approaches that are broadly applicable.  Our targets, materials systems, and applications are diverse, spanning metals, metal alloys, metal oxides, metal chalcogenides, metal phosphides, metal carbides, and metal borides for use in catalysis, photonics, magnetic separations, and energy conversion and storage.  Current research projects include (a) discovering and studing new non-noble-metal catalysts, comprised of inexpensive and Earth-abundant elements, for solar energy conversion and fuel cell applications, (b) developing a “total synthesis” toolkit for the construction of multi-functional hybrid inorganic nanostructures, and (c) synthesizing and studying the formation pathways of metal chalcogenide nanostructures with useful catalytic, magnetic, and optical properties.

Research Interests:

Inorganic

Nanocrystals and Solid State Materials

Materials and Nanoscience

Nanocrystals and Solid State Materials

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