Todd Whittaker
Graduate Student • Holewinski Group • Musgrave Group


BS, Chemistry, Trinity University


  • Dean's Graduate Assistantship, 2020
  • North American Catalysis Society Kokes Award, 2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2017
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American, 2016

Selected Publications

Sravan Kumar, K. B.; Whittaker, T. N.; Peterson, C.; Grabow, L. C.; Chandler, B. D. “Water Poisons H2 Activation at the Au-TiO2 Interface by Suppressing Electron Transfer between Au and Titania”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020, 142 (12), 5760-5772.

Whittaker, T.; Sravan Kumar, K. B.; Peterson, C.; Pollock, M. N.; Grabow, L. C.; Chandler, B. D. “H2 Oxidation over Supported Au Nanoparticle Catalysts: Evidence for Heterolytic H2 Activation at the Metal-Support Interface”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140 (48), 16469-16487.

Saavedra, J.; Whittaker, T.; Chen, Z.; Pursell, C. J.; Rioux, R. M.; Chandler, B. D. “Controlling Activity and Selectivity using Water in the Au-catalysed Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2”, Nature Chemistry, 2016, 8. 584-589.

Research Interests

Todd is using experimental kinetics, in-situ spectroscopy and self-consistent grand canonical quantum chemical simulations to study electrocatalytic reaction mechanisms.