• Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Materials Science & Engineering
Abdoulaye Djire

Educational Background

  • Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), 2020
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NREL, 2019
  • Lead Engineer, Inmatech Inc., 2017
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan - 2016
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Prairie View A&M - 2011

Research Interests

    • Catalysis and photo-catalysis of hydrogen-based fuels from water and sun light
    • Electrocatalysis and photo-electrocatalysis of fuels and chemicals from carbon dioxide
    • Electrochemical and photo-electrochemical ammonia generation from water and air
    • High-energy and fast-charging electrochemical supercapacitors
    • Advanced materials and technologies for batteries and fuel cells
    • Low-cost and efficient two-dimensional (2D) materials by design
    • High-surface area and electronically conductive transition metal carbides and nitrides
    • State-of-the-art in-situ spectroelectrochemical techniques
    • Mechanistic studies at user facilities: NREL, Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab

Awards & Honors

  • DuPont Growth Opportunity Leading Diversity Award, 2019
  • Tech Transfer Talent Network Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2016
  • Georgia Institute of Technology FOCUS Fellow, 2016
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Michigan, 2015
  • Electrochemical Society Travel Grant Award, 2015, & 2013
  • Graduate Symposium Award, 1st place, University of Michigan, 2015, & 2014
  • Blue/Green Seminar Award, 1st place, Michigan State University, 2014
  • Sustainable Energy Symposium Award, 1st place, University of Michigan, 2014, & 2013
  • Janice Lumpkin Travel Grant Award, 2013

Selected Publications

  • A. Djire, X. Wang, C. Xiao, O. Nwamba, M. Mirkin, N. Neale, “Basal Plane Hydrogen Evolution Activity from Mixed Metal Nitride MXenes Measured by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy” Adv. Funct. Mater., (2020) 2001136. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202001136. Invited Paper.
  • A. Djire*, A. Bos, J. Liu, H. Zhang, E. Miller, and N. Neale “Pseudocapacitive Storage in Nanolayered Ti2NTx MXene using Mg-Ion Electrolyte”, ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 5 (2019) 2785-2795. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.9b00289
  • A. Djire*, P. Pande, O. T. Ajenifujah, J. Siegel, A. Deb, Lilin He, A. E. Sleightholme, P. G. Rasmussen, and L. T. Thompson, “Unveiling the Pseudocapacitive Charge Storage Mechanisms of Nanostructured Vanadium Nitride using In-Situ Analyses” Nano Energy, 60 (2019) 72-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2019.03.003
  • A. Djire, H. Zhang, J. Liu, E. Miller, and N. Neale “Electrocatalytic and Optoelectronic Characteristics of the Two-Dimensional Titanium Nitride Ti4N3Tx MXene” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 12 (2019) 11812-11823. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b01150
  • A. Djire*, O. T. Ajenifujah, and L. T. Thompson, “Extent of Pseudocapacitance in High-Surface-Area Vanadium Nitrides” Batteries & Supercaps, 1, (2018) 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1002/batt.201800050
  • A. Djire*, J. Siegel, O. T. Ajenifujah, Lilin He, and L. Thompson, “Pseudocapacitive Storage in High-Surface-Area Molybdenum Nitrides” Nano Energy, 51 (2018) 122-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.06.045
  • A. Djire, J. Y. Ishimwe, S. Choi, and L. T. Thompson, “Enhanced Performance for Early Transition-Metal Nitrides via Pseudocapacitance in Protic Ionic Liquid Electrolytes” Electrochem. Commun., 77 (2017) 19-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2017.02.001
  • P. Pande, A. Deb, A. E. Sleightholme, A. Djire, P. G. Rasmussen, J. E. Penner-Hahn, and L. T. Thompson, “Pseudocapacitive Charge Storage via Hydrogen Insertion for Molybdenum Nitrides” J. Power Sources, 289 (2015) 154-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.03.171
  • A. Djire, O. T Ajenifujah, A. E. Sleightholme, P. G. Rasmussen, and L. T. Thompson, “Effects of Surface Oxygen on Charge Storage in High Surface Area Early Transition-Metal Carbides and Nitrides” J. Power Sources, 275 (2015) 159-166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.10.161