Spotlight: Shannon Boettcher

Shannon Boettcher is currently an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the University of Oregon. His research interests center on developing materials for solar energy conversion and storage. 
To create hydrogen fuel, water is split using solar energy; this requires efficient, transparent, inexpensive electrocatalytic materials, such as oxides of nickel and cobalt, and high-performance semiconductors. Shannon’s current research efforts focus on the synthesis and study of electrocatalytic materials with precise molecular and nanoscale structures, the development of alternative deposition routes for high-performance III-V semiconductors such as GaAs, and on understanding the details of interfaces between semiconductors and electrocatalysts in oxygen and hydrogen evolving photoelectrodes. Shannon works with the Center to develop and understand the chemical processes that lead to improved performance. 
Shannon received his B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Oregon in 2003 where he was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry with Galen Stucky at UC Santa Barbara in 2008 where he was an NSF Graduate Research and UC Chancellor’s Fellow. As a Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Scholar, he studied three-dimensional Si structures for solar energy conversion and storage at the California Institute of Technology working with Nate Lewis and Harry Atwater. In 2010, he joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Oregon and in 2011 was named one of 18 DuPont Young Professors worldwide.
As part of the CSMC’s education efforts, Shannon’s research lab hosts undergraduates in the Sustainable Materials Research Training (SMaRT) camp, where students have an opportunity to engage in research on solar energy projects.
Recent Publications
Trotochaud, L.; Mills, T. J.; Boettcher, S. W., An Optocatalytic Model for Semiconductor–Catalyst Water-Splitting Photoelectrodes Based on In Situ Optical Measurements on Operational Catalysts. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2013, 4(6): 931-935.
Trotochaud, L.; Ranney, J. K.; Williams, K. N.; Boettcher, S. W., Solution-Cast Metal Oxide Thin Films: Transparent Low-Overpotential Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134(41): 17253-17261.
The Boettcher Research Group