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Byron H. Farnum
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Assistant Professor

Research Areas: Inorganic , Physical

Office: 257 Chemistry Building

179 Chemistry Building
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334)-844-3744



Johns Hopkins University, M.S./Ph.D.
University of South Carolina, B.S.

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2016 - present
Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
2012 - 2016

Honors and Awards

UNC Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence
Perkin Medal Scholarship
JHU Chemistry Alumni Graduate Fellowship

Research and Teaching Interests

Our research efforts are focused on photo/electrochemical reactions of inorganic nanomaterials and small molecules. These efforts are driven by broad interests in solar energy conversion, electrochemical energy storage, and optoelectronics. Our primary objective is to advance the fundamental knowledge related to homogeneous and heterogeneous electron transfer reactions, and how these reactions can be used effectively in photo/electrochemical applications. Our lab intersects the broad areas of inorganic and physical chemistry where we use a combination of solution and sol-gel based synthetic methods to produce unique and exciting inorganic molecules and solid state nanomaterials and then probe their photochemical, electrochemical, and thermochemical properties. The many techniques used to probe these physical properties include: Electrochemistry (CV, RRDE, Impedance), Spectroscopy (UV-Vis, Near-IR, FTIR, NMR, EPR, XPS), and Microscopy (SEM, TEM).

Selected Publications

  1. Farnum, B. H.; Wee, K-R.; Meyer, T. J. “Self-Assembled Molecular p/n Junctions for Applications in Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cells” Nature Chem. 2016, 8, 845-852. DOI:10.1038/nchem.2536
  2. Farnum, B. H.; Morseth, Z. A.; Brennaman, M. K.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Meyer, T. J. “Application of Degenerately Doped Metal Oxides in the Study of Photoinduced Interfacial Electron Transfer” J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119, 7698-7711. DOI: 10.1021/jp512624u
  3. Farnum, B. H.; Morseth, Z. A.; Brennaman, M. K.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Meyer, T. J. “Driving Force Dependent Photo-induced Electron Transfer at Degenerately Doped, Optically Transparent Semiconductor Nanoparticle Interfaces” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 15869-15872. DOI: 10.1021/ja508862h
  4. Alibabaei, L.; Farnum, B. H.; Kalanyan, B.; Brennaman, M. K.; Losego, M.; Parsons, G. N.; Meyer, T. J. “Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on Mesoporous nanoITO: Conductive Core-Shell Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 3255-3261. DOI: 10.1021/nl5006433
  5. Farnum, B. H.; Jou, J. J.; Meyer, G. J. “Visible Light Generation of I-I Bonds by RuII-tris(diimine) Excited-States” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2012, 109, 15628-15633. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1118340109

Last updated: 01/31/2018