The Manthiram Lab has moved to Caltech!


Finishing up introducing our current research group, we want to highlight our summer undergrad, Erin McMurchie! Erin is a 4th year undergraduate at the University of Cambridge with interests in renewable energy generation and sustainable fuels.

This is a very late welcome, but we’re thrilled to have James Wang @jamesbwang1 join our group! James is a rising second-year in chemical engineering @CaltechCCE and comes to us with experience in both industry and academia.

We’re so excited to welcome Jason Adams @JasonSAdams to the group as a postdoc! During his PhD, Jason performed thorough studies on the rate and selectivity of oxygen reduction to H2O2 over noble metal nanoparticles under different conditions.

The group has been growing at a rapid pace, so many intros coming over the next week! First off, we're thrilled to welcome Wesley Chang @wesleykchang to the group. Wes comes from the @steingart lab, where he worked on lithium metal batteries for his PhD.

We surprised our amazing PI @KManthiram with some presents for his incoming little one! Best of luck to you and @AmritaSaigal, Karthish - you'll be fantastic parents ⚡️

Huge congrats to Aditya Limaye @adityal on successfully defending his thesis, “Physical Models and Statistical Methods for Understanding Electrochemical Kinetics"! We were incredibly fortunate to have him in the group and are excited to follow what is sure to be a stellar career.

Just 1 week to go for our upcoming CRE webinar organized jointly with @aicheypc! Register NOW to learn more about @KManthiram's work in #electrification and #decarbonization of chemical synthesis! @ManthiramLab @CaltechCCE @Caltech

New preprint up at @ChemRxiv! @kjsteinb et al. (in collab w/ amazing group of @YuzhangLi at @UclaCBE) used a variety of surface techniques - most notably cryo-EM - to probe the mechanism of electrochemical nitrogen reduction to ammonia using lithium.

Pictured: our group all smiles after meeting so many fantastic prospective students! We’d say recruitment day round 2 with @CaltechCCE was a rousing success 🔥

We're rocking the first in-person recruitment day since 2019 at @CaltechCCE! Fantastic to meet so many talented prospective students🤩 #ComeForTheWeatherStayForTheScience

A hearty congratulations to Dr. Kindle Williams @ReadMeLikeANook on her successful thesis defense! Her work is titled “Overcoming challenges of fundamental electrochemical kinetic studies under dilute-reagent conditions.” #KineticsAreCool #PhDone ⚡️

The pre-prints keep coming! @ZJSchiffer et al. have a new work on @ChemRxiv demonstrating inner-sphere electrochemical reductive amination of benzaldehyde to benzyl amine. Check it out!

We want to officially welcome our new G1's in Chemistry at Caltech: Channing (@radicalchem), Thu (@thu_ton_2), and Chenyu (@ChenyuJ98)! It's great to have you all on the team! Here's to fulfilling and productive PhD journeys! 😀⚡⚗️

We have a new paper up on @ChemRxiv! @ReadMeLikeANook et al. demonstrate a method for measuring species activity using headspace-GC and find that the water dependence of HER changes rather drastically as a result. #ItsHERTime #WaterYouUpTo

Belated congratulations to Dr. Nathan Corbin on his successful thesis defense! His work is titled "Electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to value-added chemicals." ⚡#Electrocarboxylation #PhDone

Our new preprint (@ManthiramLab), with co-authors @adityal, Trent, @chung_minju, & @KManthiram, is now up on @ChemRxiv!

We show the importance of accounting for thermodynamic nonidealities in electrochemical kinetic studies!

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New Publication in @ACSCentSci from Scott Affiliated Faculty Venkat Viswanathan(@venkvis) and @ManthiramLab
on designing electrolytes for Li-mediated NH3.
Read it here:

NEW in @ChemicalScience 📣 Suppressing carboxylate nucleophilicity with inorganic salts enables selective electrocarboxylation without sacrificial anodes by Karthish Manthiram et al. at @ManthiramLab 😍

Read it here ➡️

We had a fun time this weekend hiking Mount Monadnock! Here we are at the very peak of the thermodynamic landscape of southern New Hampshire. #AllDownhillFromHere #HighEnergy #TransitionState #InsertWittyJokeAboutVolcanoPlots

.@manthiramlab’s @chung_minju & @Kmanthiram take inspiration from the use of operando x-ray spectroscopy to understand active sites in #MOFs for #electrocatalysis!

#MatterIssue26 Preview:
@NatureEnergyJnl Research Article:

A huge congratulations to Zack Schiffer, the Manthiram Lab’s newly minted PhD! 🎓 Dr. Schiffer defended his thesis titled “Kinetic and Thermodynamic Aspects of Voltage as a Driving Force for Ammonia Activation” on Thursday.

Congratulations to Dr. Zack Schiffer on his thesis defense! Zack was a member of our 1st cohort of students - he established a clear vision for electrification of synthesis with a thermodynamic basis and new methods of generating C-N bonds, always blending theory and experiment.

Recently we had our fourth annual Manthiram Lab Candlepin Bowling Championship 🎳. @KManthiram had the high score - clearly he had been practicing at home during the pandemic! Wonderful to be able to restart this tradition in 2021!

It is a momentous occasion in the Manthiram Lab! We have minted our first-ever PhD! Congratulations to Dr. Nik Lazouski on successfully defending his thesis, "Development of a Lithium-Mediated Nitrogen Reduction Process."

Congratulations to Dr. Nik Lazouski on defending his thesis today! Nik, as a member of our 1st cohort of graduate students, established the area of lithium-mediated nitrogen reduction in our group, including achieving record-high rates of ammonia synthesis at ambient conditions.

Happy #InternationalWomensDay from the Manthiram Lab! We're here working toward sustainable chemical synthesis, advancing electrochemical fundamentals, making technoeconomic models, teaching, mentoring, and more, from UROPs all the way through 5th year PhD. #ILookLikeAnEngineer

Now that all the dust has settled and everyone has safely returned to campus, we are excited to formally welcome all four of our new first-year grad students: Simar, Sayandeep, Trent, and Fang-Yu! Here's to the start of something great! #NotOurSnowman #ButStillSmiling #MaskedUp

Huge congrats to Katie (@kjsteinb) for passing her thesis proposal! A bright future full of lithium chemistry awaits! #NitrogenReduction #BreakingBonds #TakingNames Pic credit may possibly go to Juniper the cat?? 🐱

We're stoked to welcome 3 new grad students to the team: Sayandeep, Simar, and Trent! Onboarding is not the same right now, but we're looking forward to learning and growing with you, & gradually ramping up research as public health measures allow! #VoltageBoost #LabExcitedState

We're at #AIChE2020! Come find us:

Mon: Carboxylation (Nathan)
Tue: O-atom Transfer (@KManthiram )
Wed: Thermodynamics of E Sources (Zack)
Thu: C-H Activation (@ReadMeLikeANook) & Amination (Zack)
Fri: CO2R Modeling (@js_zeng) & Bayesian Tafel Slope Analysis (@adityal)

Please RT. We are looking for #postdocs, who are interested in synthetic chemistry, #maingroupchemistry and luminescent materials. Email me ( if interested.

Honoured to be chairing the 1st @ChemPhysChem virtual symposium on CO2 reduction, on 29 September, especially with such an exciting lineup. Please sign up! @MariaEscEsc @KManthiram @fhi_mpg_de

Our first ever preprint is now up on @ChemRxiv! @adityal re-examined several Tafel datasets from the CO2 reduction literature using Bayesian data analysis. Our takeaway: let's rethink how we use Tafel data in electrochemical mechanistic analysis!

We have 10 postdoctoral positions immediately available in multiple sites @NSF_CSOE

Please share to anyone interested in highly collaborative research in synthetic organic electrochemistry.

Two postdoc openings in my group @NTUsg are now online! Come join us in Singapore! #compchem

We use a suite of computational modelling methods to understand and engineer catalysts at the atomic scale.

RTs are appreciated.


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