Paul A. Elfers Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Manos Mavrikakis’ current research focuses on the quantum mechanics of bond breaking and bond making events on transition metal and semiconductor surfaces. One aspect of his research addresses the fundamentals of surface reaction mechanisms, and another one focuses on the advancement of materials design from first-principles. Of particular interest is the design of bimetallic and ternary Near-Surface Alloys (NSAs) suitable for low temperature, energy-efficient, and highly-selective chemistries involving hydrogen, oxygen, and other catalytically relevant molecules. Applications of interest include heterogeneously catalyzed reactions, fuel cells, and semiconductors.