Adam Holewinski
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering


MSE Areas: Catalysts, electrochemistry, surface chemistry, fuel cells, batteries, spectroscopy, reaction kinetics

Our research group focuses on efficient, renewable, and environmentally benign catalytic processes for the production of energy, as well as commodity and fine chemicals. We have particular interest in electrochemical systems (fuel cells, batteries, electrolyzers, electrochemical sensors). Emphasis is placed on fundamental characterizations of interactions between molecules and (electro)catalytic surfaces to understand reaction mechanisms for the design and optimization of next-generation catalysts. Broadly, our approach is to employ molecular-level insights from detailed kinetic analysis, quantum chemical calculations, and spectroscopic observations of reactive species and catalyst structures to discern the chemistry and physics relevant to catalyst performance. These insights enable informed, targeted catalyst synthesis strategies to attain ideal structures and compositions that facilitate desirable transformations.


Selected Publications and Accomplishments

Holewinski, A., Idrobo, J-C., and Linic, S. "High performance Ag-Co alloy catalysts for electrochemical oxygen reduction." Nature Chemistry, (2014). 6, 828-834.

Holewinski, A., Sakwa-Novak, M., and Jones, C. W. “Linking CO2 Sorption Performance to Polymer Morphology in Aminopolymer/Silica Composites through Neutron Scattering” Journal of The American Chemical Society, (2015). 137, 11749-11759.

Holewinski, A., and Linic, S. “Elementary mechanisms  in electrocatalysis: Revisiting the ORR Tafel slope.” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, (2012). 159, H864-H870.