Daniel A. Scherson

Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences


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Other Information

Education: PhD, University of California at Davis


Analytical Chemistry, Materials, Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Photochemistry

Education and Awards

  • Licenciado en Quimica, University of Chile, 1974
  • PhD, University of California at Davis, 1979
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Case Center for Electrochemical Sciences, 1981-82
  • Senior Research Associate, Case Center for Electrochemical Sciences, 1981-82
  • Vittorio de Nora Diamond Shamrock Postdoctoral Fellow, 1981
  • IBM Faculty Development Award, 1983
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1993-94
  • David C. Grahame Award of the Physical Electrochemistry Division of ECS, 2000
  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellowship Award, 2002
  • Faraday Medal of the Electrochemistry Group of the Royal Chemical Society, 2004

Research Interests

Physical Electrochemistry and In situ Spectroscopy

The physicochemical properties of electrode materials and particularly their reactivity toward specific electron-transfer processes, can be markedly modified by the presence of adsorbed species such as ions, molecules, or metals, even at sub- monolayer coverage. A basic understanding of the way in which these factors alter the electrochemical behavior is of both scientific and technological importance. Research interests include electrocatalysis and energy storage, with emphasis on in situ and ex situ spectroscopic techniques including UV-visible and Raman spectroscopies, electroreflectance, LEED-Auger-XPS and UHV FTIR, x-ray absorption fine structure, scanning probe microscopies and second harmonic generation.

Selected Publications

  • “In Situ, Time-Resolved Raman Spectromicro-topography of an Operating Lithium Ion Battery” Luo, Y.; Cai, W.B.; Xing, X.K.; Scherson, D.A. Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 2004, 7, E1-E5
  • “In Situ Fe K-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure of a Nitrosyl Adduct of Iron Phthalocyanine Irreversibly Adsorbed on a High Area Carbon Electrode in an Acidic Electrolyte” Stefan, I.C.; Mo, Y.; Ha, S.-Y; Kim, S.; Scherson, D.A. Inorg. Chem. 2003, 42, 4316-4321
  • “Dynamics Of A Surface Phase Transition As Monitored By In Situ Second Harmonic Generation” Pozniak, B.; Scherson, D.A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 7488-7489
  • “Potential Dependence of the Capacitance of Ionizable Bilayers” Stefan, I.C; Scherson, D.A. Electrochim. Acta 2003, 49, 191-196
  • “In Situ Raman Spectroscopy of Single Particle Microelectrodes: Zinc Passivation In Alkaline Electrolytes” Shi, Q.; Rendek, L.J. Jr., Cai, W.B.; Scherson, D.A. Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 2003, 6, E35-E39
  • “In Situ Raman Spectroscopy of Single Microparticle Li+-Intercalation Electrodes” Dokko, K.; Shi, Q.; Stefan, I.C. J. Phys. Chem. 2003, 107, 12549-12554