The Manthiram Lab has moved to Caltech!


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.


Prospective PhD students, I have an exciting vacancy on green ammnonia electrosynthesis @ImpMaterials, funded by @ERC_Research with @HallettGroup and @titiricigroup as cosupervisors (fully funded for UK and EU students). Please retweet

Huge congrats to Nik for having his work on non-aqueous GDEs for ammonia synthesis featured as this month's cover @NatureCatalysis! Turns out isolation proved a good time to learn to make 3D illustrations in #blender.

Check out the article here:

Do you want to become an excellent graduate student? @IbehOmodolor, Hope Otor & friends have organized a webinar to give you some advice: Saturday, 5/16 at 3 pm (info below). Everyone is welcome to attend! [RT's appreciated] @UToledo @UToledoCoE @NSBE @PhdExhausted @Dissertating

Post Doc Opportunity: Looking for a post doc with experience/interest in electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, storage, membranes, water. Interested applicants please DM me for more information. Please RT #membrane @MembraneSociety @ECSorg

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