Wen Sun

Associate Professor
Computer Engineering


Jin Suntivich is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Jin received his B.A. in Integrated Science and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Afterward, Jin went to obtain his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, where his research focused on finding a structure-property relation that controls the electrochemical activity of transition metal oxides and nanoparticles for fuel cells, electrolyzers, and metal-air batteries. Jin conducted his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. There, he worked on understanding the light-matter interaction in titanium oxides and the role of non-equilibrium structure on the surface chemistry and the carrier lifetimes. His interest is in developing rational strategies for designing new materials for energy and environmental applications.

Research Interests

Our group focuses on identifying design strategies based on optics and electronic structure engineering to discover new materials and devices for sustainable energy and environmental technologies. Ongoing efforts in our group include: Electrocatalysts and photocatalysts from transition metal oxide heterostructures, in situ spectroscopy on catalytic and photocatalytic surfaces, nanophotonics for environmental sensing, pollution detection, and toxin deactivation.

Selected Publications

  • Kuo, Ding-Yuan, Jason K. Kawasaki, Jocienne N. Nelson, Jan Kloppenburg, Geoffroy Hautier, Kyle M. Shen, Darrell Schlom, Jin Suntivich. 2017. “Influence of Surface Adsorption on the Oxygen Evolution Reaction on IrO2(110).” Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (9): 3473-3479.
  • Fritz, Kevin E., Peter A. Beaucage, Fumiaki Matsuoka, Ulrich B. Wiesner, Jin Suntivich. 2017. “Mesoporous titanium and niobium nitrides as conductive and stable electrocatalyst supports in acid environments.” Chemical Communications 53 (53): 7250-7253.
  • Bhatia, Amit, Geoffroy Hautier, Tan Nilgianskul, Anna Miglio, Jingying Sun, Hyung Joon Kim, Kee Hoon Kim, Shuo Chen, Gian-Marco Rignanese, Xavier Gonze, Jin Suntivich. 2016. “High-Mobility Bismuth-based Transparent p-Type Oxide from High-Throughput Material Screening.” Chemistry of Materials 28 (1): 30-34.
  • Nelson, Andrew, Kevin E. Fritz, Shreyas Honrao, Richard G. Hennig, Richard Douglas Robinson, Jin Suntivich. 2016. “Increased activity in hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis for partial anionic substitution in cobalt oxysulfide nanoparticles.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4 (8): 2842-2848.
  • Tang, Runbang, Yuefeng Nie, Jason K. Kawasaki, Ding-Yuan Kuo, Guido Petretto, Geoffroy Hautier, Gian-Marco Rignanese, Kyle M. Shen, Darrell Schlom, Jin Suntivich. 2016. “Oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalysis on SrIrO3 grown using molecular beam epitaxy.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4 (18): 6831-6836.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Sloan Research Fellowship (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) 2018
  • Early Career Research Program (Department of Energy) 2017
  • Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator (Royal Society of Chemistry) 2017
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigator (Royal Society of Chemistry) 2016
  • Doctoral New Investigator, Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society) 2014


  • BA/BS (Materials Science and Engineering), Northwestern University, 2006
  • Sc.D. (Materials Science and Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012