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Christopher Muhich

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Biography

Christopher Muhich earned a B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, under the supervision of Al Weimer and Charles Musgrave. After graduate school he did postdoctoral work in the Aldo Steinfeld group at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). His research uses computational chemistry techniques to fundamentally understand and design materials to facilitate renewable energy generation, and environmentally relevant processes.

Education

Postdoc in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland 

PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014

B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2009

Research Interests

Chris Muhich's research interests lie in the fundamental phenomena occurring during reduction and oxidation reactions particularly in or on metal oxides. He uses computational chemistry tools to simulate redox events for environmental and renewable energy based chemical reactions. By understanding how the reactions occur, and their bottle-necks, novel materials are designed to improve the overall process.  

Publications

M. Hoes, C. Muhich*, R. Jacot, G. Patzke, A. Steinfeld, “Thermodynamic of Paired Charge-Compensating Doped Ceria with Superior Redox Performance for Solar Thermochemical Splitting of H2O and CO2” in press Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

 

Muhich, C.*, A. Steinfeld, “Principles of Doping Ceria for the Solar Thermochemical Redox Splitting of H2O and CO2”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5 (30), 15578-15590

 

Muhich, C.* “Re-evaluating CeO2 Expansion upon Reduction: Non-Counterpoised Forces, Not Ionic Radius Effects, are the Cause”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2017, 121 (14), 8052-8059

 

Alghannam, A., C. Muhich,* C. Musgrave, “Adatom Surface Diffusion of Catalytic Metals on the Anatase TiO2 (101) Surface”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2017, 19, 4541-4552

 

Ehrhart, B., C. Muhich, I. Al-Shankiti, A. Weimer “System Efficiency of Two-Step Solid Oxide Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production, Part 3: Various Methods for Achieving Low Oxygen Partial Pressures in the Reduction Reaction”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2016, 41(44), 19904-11914

 

Ehrhart, B., C. Muhich, I. Al-Shankiti, A. Weimer “System Efficiency of Two-Step Solid Oxide Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production, Part 2: Impact of Gas Heat Recuperation and Separation”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41(44), 19894-11903

 

Ehrhart, B., C. Muhich, I. Al-Shankiti, A. Weimer “System Efficiency of Two-Step Solid Oxide Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production, Part 1: Thermodynamic Model and Impact of Oxidation Kinetics”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41(44), 19881-11893

 

Bartel, C., C. Muhich, A. Weimer, C. Musgrave “A First Principles Study of the Initial Hydrolysis of Aluminum Nitride”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2016, 8(28), 18550-18559

 

Muhich, C., B. Ehrhart, I. Al-Shankiti, B. Ward, C. Musgrave, A. Weimer, “A Review and Perspective of Efficient H2 Generation via Solar Thermal Water Splitting”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Energy and Environment. 2016, 5(3), 261-287 (Invited)

 

Muhich, C., V. Aston, R. Tottier, A. Weimer, C. Musgrave, “A First Principles Analysis of Cation Diffusion in Mixed Metal Ferrite Spinels”, Chemistry of Materials. 2016, 28(1), 214-226

 

Muhich, C., B. Ehrhart, V. Witte, S. Miller, E. Coker, C. Musgrave, A. Weimer. “Predicting the Solar Thermochemical Water Splitting Ability and Reaction Mechanism of Metal Oxides: A Case Study of the Hercynite Family of Water Splitting Cycles”, Energy & Environmental Science. 2015, 8(12), 3687-3699

 

Muhich, C., J. Qiu, A. Holder, Y. Wu, A. Weimer, W. D. Wei, L. McElwee-White, C. Musgrave, “Solvent Control of Surface Plasmon Mediated Chemical Deposition of Au Nanoparticles from Alkylgold Phosphine Complexes”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2015, 7(24), 13384-13394

 

Lubers, A., C. Muhich, K. Anderson, A. Weimer, “Mechanistic Studies for Depositing highly dispersed Pt Nanoparticles on Carbon by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 2015, 17(4), 179

 

Muhich, C., K. Weston, D. Arifin, A. McDaniel, C. Musgrave, A. Weimer, “Extracting Kinetic Information from Complex Gas-Solid Reaction Data”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2015, 54(16), 4113-4122

 

Muhich, C., J. Westcott, A. Weimer, C. Musgrave, “Increasing the Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 through B, C and N Doping”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2014, 118 (47), 27415-27427

 

Deml, A., V. Stevanovic, C. Muhich, C. Musgrave, R. O’Hayre, “Oxide Enthalpy of Formation and Band Gap Energy as Accurate Descriptors of Oxygen Vacancy Formation Energetics”, Energy and Environmental Science. 2014, 7 (6), 1669-2004

 

Muhich, C., B. Evanko, K. Weston, P. Lichty, X. Liang, J. Martinek, C. Musgrave, A. Weimer, “Efficient Generation of H2 by Splitting Water with an Isothermal Redox Cycle”, Science. 2013, 341 (6145), 540-542

 

Muhich, C., J. Westcott, T. Morris, A. Weimer, C. Musgrave, “The Effect of N and B Doping on Graphene and on the Adsorption and Migration Behavior of Pt Atoms”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2013, 117 (20), 10523-10535

 

Lichty, P., X. Liang, C. Muhich, B. Evanko, C. Bingham, A. Weimer, “Atomic Layer Deposited Thin Film Metal Oxides for Fuel Production in Solar Cavity Reactor”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2012, 37 (22), 16888-16894

 

Zhou, Y., C. Muhich, C. Musgrave, B. Neltner, A. Weimer, “Growth of Pt Particles on the Anatase TiO2 (101) Surface”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2012, 116 (22), 12114-12123

 

Muhich, C., Y. Zhou, A. Holder, C. Musgrave, A. Weimer, “Effect of Surface Deposited Pt on the Photoactivity of TiO2”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2012, 116 (18), 10138-10149

 

*Denotes articles where C. Muhich is the corresponding author

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHE 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHE 231IntroTransport Phenom I:Fluids
CHE 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHE 231IntroTransport Phenom I:Fluids