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Todd Deutsch has been studying photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting since interning in John A. Turner’s lab at NREL in 1999 and 2000. He performed his graduate studies on III-V semiconductor water-splitting systems under the joint guidance of Turner and Professor Carl A. Koval in the Chemistry Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Todd officially joined NREL as a postdoctoral scholar in Turner’s group in August 2006 and became a staff scientist 2 years later. He works on identifying and characterizing appropriate materials for generating hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight as the only energy input. Recently, his work has focused on inverted metamorphic multijunction III-V semiconductors and corrosion remediation strategies for high-efficiency water-splitting photoelectrodes. He has been honored as an Outstanding Mentor by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science nine times in recognition of his work as an advisor to more than 30 students in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at NREL.

Research Interests

Solar energy conversion to hydrogen fuel via PEC water splitting

III-V semiconductor aqueous electrolyte interfaces

Surface modification of semiconductors for catalysis and protection from corrosion

Benchmarking solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of PEC systems

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemistry cum laude, Humboldt State University

PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder

Master, Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder


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