Wilson Smith
Professor • RASEI Fellow • Senior Scientist at NREL
Chemical and Biological Engineering • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute • National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Office: RASEI N330B


BS Physics, American University, 2005
PhD Physics, University of Georgia, 2010


  • ERC Starting Grant (2017)
  • VIDI (2016)
  • VENI (2013)

Selected Publications

  • W.A. Smith*, T. Burdyny, D.A. Vermaas, J.C.C. Geerlings, Pathways to industrial-scale fuel out of thin air from CO2 electrolysis, Joule, 3, 1822~1834 (2019) 
  • T. Burdyny and W.A. Smith*, CO2 reduction on gas-diffusion electrodes and why catalytic performance must be assessed at commercially relevant conditions, Energy and Environmental Science, 12, 1442~1453 (2019) 
  • D. Bohra, I. Ledezma-Yanez, G. Li, W. de Jong, E.A. Pidko, W.A. Smith*, Lateral adsorbate interactions inhibit HCOO- while promoting CO selectivity for CO2 electrocatalysis on Ag, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58, 1345~1349 (2019) 
  • M. Ma, K. Djanashvili, W.A. Smith*, Controllable hydrocarbon formation via electrochemical reduction of CO2, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 55, 6680~6684 (2016)
  • B.J. Trzesniewski, O. Diaz-Morales, D.A. Vermaas, A. Longo, W. Bras, M.T.M. Koper, W.A. Smith*, In-situ observation of active oxygen species in Fe-containing Ni-based oxygen evolution catalysts: the effect of pH on electrochemical activity, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 15112~15121 (2015)