Carnegie Mellon University

John Kitchin receives 5 year/$750,000 Early Career Award from DOE

Carnegie Mellon University's John Kitchin was awarded $750,000 over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy for developing new materials for producing hydrogen and oxygen from water using electrochemistry. Kitchin is one of 69 researchers nationwide to receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as part of the Energy Department's Early Career Research Program. The new effort is designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during their crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. Kitchin said his research is a great way to give the nation's "hydrogen economy'' a jumpstart. "Our research is designed to make hydrogen production from water more efficient, which will, ultimately enable the development of future energy systems to store intermittent renewable energy in chemical form and to make better use of biomass to fuel everything from cars to large turbines and factories. The oxygen produced from this process may play a crucial role in helping to manage the CO2 emissions through advanced fossil energy power systems such as oxycombustion and gasification,'' said Kitchin, recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2004 for study at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany. Kitchin completed his B.S. degree in chemistry from North Carolina State in 1996. He received his Master's Degree in 2002 in materials science, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2004.