Rodney Smith’s research involves the study of electrocatalysts for use in sustainable energy storage systems. His research examines the chemistry of electrode surfaces, measures electron transfer kinetics and probes electrochemical reaction dynamics in an effort to guide the design and fabrication of solid-state electrocatalysts.
- Inorganic materials
- Reaction dynamics
- Reaction kinetics
- Energy storage
Rodney Smith's research interests lie in the fabrication and characterization of solid-state materials that mediate the electrochemical synthesis of sustainable fuels. Rodney develops innovative fabrication techniques, examines the structure of materials, and studies reaction kinetics and dynamics in an effort to improve the efficiency and selectivity of reactions such as electrochemical CO2 reduction. The research is interdisciplinary in nature, involving materials synthesis and a diverse selection of spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques.
Identifying protons trapped in hematite photoanodes through structure–property analysis. Liu, Y.; Smith, R. D. L. Chem. Sci., 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9SC04853G.
Electrochemically Induced Phase Changes in La2CuO4 During Cathodic Electrocatalysis. Whittingham, A. W. H.; Smith, R. D. L., ChemElectroChem, 2019, 6, 5116-5123.
Probing the Role of Internalized Geometric Strain on Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis. Alsac, E. P.; Whittingham, A.; Liu, Y.; Smith, R. D. L., Chem. Mater., 2019, 31, 7522-7530.
Evidence of Variations in Atomic Distribution in Disordered Mixed Metal Hydroxides. Rong, W.; Stepan, S.; Smith, R. D. L., MRS Advances, 2019, 4, 1843-1850.
Structural and functional role of anions in electrochemical water oxidation probed by arsenate incorporation into cobalt-oxide materials. Villalobos, J.; Gonzalez-Flores, D.; Klingan, K.; Chernev, P.; Kubella, P.;Urcuyo, R.; Pasquini, C.; Mohammadi, M. R.; Smith, R. D. L.; Montero, M. L.; Dau, H., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 12485-12493.
H/D isotope effects reveal factors controlling catalytic activity in Co-based oxides for water oxidation. Pasquini, C.; Zaharieva, I.; Gonzalez-Flores, D.; Chernev, P.; Mohammadi, M. R.; Guidoni, L.; Smith, R. D. L.; Dau, H., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 2938-2948.
Trapping a Photoelectron behind a Repulsive Coulomb Barrier in Solution. Cheng, M.; Rivas, N.; Lim, S. J.; Pichugin, K.; Petruk, A. A.; Klinkova, A.; Smith, R. D. L.; Hopkins, W. S.; Sciaini, G., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2019, 10, 5742-5747.
2012 PhD Electrochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL
2007 BSc Honours Chemistry, University of Manitoba, MB