The Manthiram Lab has moved to Caltech!


The Manthiram Lab, led by Karthish Manthiram in Caltech’s Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, creates electrically-powered catalysts that use nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide, and water as sustainable inputs for chemical synthesis. We take pride in not just the science we do, but how we do it

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CO2 as C-atom source

Carbon-negative functionalization of molecules using carbon dioxide

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N2 as N-atom source

Dissociating dinitrogen molecules for chemical synthesis

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H2O as O-atom source

Transferring oxygen atoms from water to organic molecules

We innovate in the development of catalysts which drive selective organic electrosynthesis – this requires deep understanding of electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and materials chemistry, from both an experimental and theoretical perspective. 

Our lab is also launching new efforts on facilitating efficient electron transfers to living cells – graduate students and postdocs interested in working in this new area are encouraged to reach out to Karthish.  



Members of our team deeply analyzing carbon and oxygen atoms – sadly, candlepin bowling does not provide nitrogen atoms.


Meet Haochen (@Chenically)! He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, developing efficient electrocatalysts for CO2/CO reduction and alkane activation employing kinetics, DFT calculations, and spectroscopy under the supervision of Professor Qi Lu

Very honored to have written a preview for the Chorkendorff lab's excellent work on sustainable ammonia synthesis in the most recent issue of @Joule_CP, now online! Thanks to @KManthiram and @Joule_CP for the opportunity.
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Check out our newest paper in @ACSEnergyLett! @ZJSchiffer et al. report on the use of ammonium formate as a safe, solid energy carrier, achieving excellent faradaic efficiencies at both the anode and cathode.

That’s a wrap for the Echem GRC! Such an amazing experience representing the @ManthiramLab with @js_zeng and of course the wonderful @KManthiram! Looking forward to 2024 already! @GordonConf

Introducing… Jeff DuBose! Our newest postdoc did his PhD with @KamatlabND, where he utilized spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques to probe photocatalytic and photovoltaic materials.


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Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Karthish (PI): 626-395-3140   / / Spalding 225

Martha (Admin): 626-395-2423 / / Spalding 208

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