Inorganic Chemistry for Renewable Energy Conversion and Storage

The Farnum group is a research lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University focused on the development of inorganic molecules and nanomaterials that address chemical challenges pertaining to solar energy conversion and electrochemical energy storage. Our primary objective is to advance the fundamental knowledge related to homogeneous and heterogeneous electron transfer reactions, and how these reactions can be used effectively in photo/electrochemical applications. Our lab intersects the broad areas of inorganic and physical chemistry where we use a combination of solution and hydrothermal synthetic methods to produce unique and exciting inorganic molecules and solid state nanomaterials and then probe their photochemical, electrochemical, and thermochemical properties. The many techniques used to probe these physical properties include: Electrochemistry (CV, RRD, Impedance), Spectroscopy (UV-Vis, near-IR, FTIR, NMR, EPR, XPS, XRD), and Microscopy (SEM, TEM).

Mission/Inclusion Statement

The Farnum lab is a chemistry research group devoted to advances in fundamental science where we base the merits of student’s research on the quality of their science, and not the color of their skin, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. We are committed to an open and inclusive research environment where all students feel comfortable and welcomed to communicate ideas, inside and outside of science. We feel strongly that group collaboration, unity through diversity, and a desire to help others are the best ways to achieve our research goals.