Shannon Boettcher


Office: 212 Gilman

Lab: 474 Tan and 403 Hildebrand

Boettcher Lab

Theodore Vermeulen Chair in Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Chemistry
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Faculty Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of Research, Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (2024)
  • Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in Chemistry (2023)
  • Blavatnik National Awards Finalist (2021)
  • Founding Director, Oregon Center for Electrochemistry (2019)
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2015)
  • Sloan Fellow (2015)
  • Cottrell Scholar (2014)
  • DuPont Young Professor Award (2011)
  • Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon (2010-2023)
  • Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology (2008-2009)
  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2008)
  • B.A. University of Oregon (2003)

Electrochemistry and Associated Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Materials, and Interfacial Science

The Boettcher laboratory studies, designs, synthesizes, fabricates, and models materials and devices for electrochemical applications such as energy storage and conversion. The team broadly works to reveal the fundamental details of how interfacial electrochemical reactions can be controlled and is using that new understanding to design materials and devices to drive global impact through electrochemical technologies, for example in hydrogen production and carbon-dioxide-capture technology.

Specific interests include the synthesis and study of heterogeneous electrocatalysts for reactions such as water oxidation with defined molecular and nanoscale structures; the use of computer simulation and direct nanoscale electrical measurements to understand semiconductor-electrocatalyst interfaces in photochemistry; the development of alkaline-membrane and advanced liquid-alkaline electrolyzers for low-cost, scalable, hydrogen production; fundamentals and applications of bipolar membranes; and understanding electric-field driven interfacial ionic reactions such as water dissociation and corrosion.

The team strives to create an inclusive, respectful environment to support a diverse community of researchers. Diversity and inclusion are core values that guide our decisions and policies. We welcome and encourage talented and motivated individuals of all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, nationalities, and all sexual orientations, gender identities, and disabilities, to join us in Berkeley in our pursuit of advancing electrochemical science and technology!