Research Areas


June 2016

  1. Juliana, Roger and Max have their paper accepted in Appl. Catal. B. Congratulations!

  1. Prof. Nikolla has been selected to receive the 2016-17 WSU Academy’s Junior Faculty  Award.

May 2016

  1. Ayad wins third place for his oral presentation at Joint WSU-UToledo Symposium in Toledo. Congratulations!

  1. Xiang-Kui wins best poster presentation at Michigan Catalysis Society Symposium. Congratulations!

  1. Prof. Eranda Nikolla wins the 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The award honors emerging young leaders in the chemical sciences.

October 2015

  1. Xiang-Kui has his paper accepted in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations!

June 2015

  1. Prof. Nikolla receives the 2015 DOE Early Career Award. Congratulations!

  1. Xianfeng, Juliana & Xiang-Kui have their paper selected as ACS Editors’ Choice. Congratulations!

May 2015

  1. Xianfeng, Juliana and Xiang-Kui have their paper accepted in the Journal of the ACS Catalysis. Congratulations!


Positions are available for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers. 

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Mission Statement

“Engineering the Materials of the Future for

Energy Conversion and Storage”

    The Nikolla Research Group focuses on studying various issues related to electrochemical systems (such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries...) and cooperative/selective heterogeneous catalysis for chemical processes (such as biomass and methane conversion). We aim to address these challenges by combining state-of-the-art synthesis techniques, electron microscopy and spectroscopy and quantum density functional theory (DFT) chemical calculations.