Research Group


Photo from the summer 2018 Esposito research group trip to a Yankees game.

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Photo from the summer 2017 Esposito research group picnic and ladder ball tournament.

Professor Dan Esposito
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Daniel (Dan) Esposito received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. After studying as a postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. At Columbia, he leads the Solar Fuels Engineering Lab, which combines its expertise in electrochemical and catalytic sciences with core chemical engineering principles to develop design rules for innovative electrochemical and solar energy conversion technologies. Prof. Esposito is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and his lab receives funding from a combination of federal agencies and industrial sponsors.

E-mail: de2300(at)columbia(dot)edu

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Postdocs and Ph.D. students

Marissa Beatty
Ph.D. Student


Marissa received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. Now a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, Marissa’s research focuses on developing membrane coated electrocatalysts for a variety of solar fuels applications. Outside of research you can find Marissa practicing ballet, Texas hold ’em, and re-watching Jurassic Park (or any other 90s films).

Xueqi Pang
Ph.D. Student


Pang grew up in Dalian, China and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware. His current research interests include water electrolysis, carbon dioxide electrochemical reduction, electrochemical flow cells. Outside of lab, Pang enjoys playing acoustic guitar and having fun with friends.

Robert Stinson
Ph.D. Student


Robert was born and raised in southeast Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he received a B.S. in chemical engineering. Currently a PhD track student at Columbia University, he is beginning work on Z-scheme photocatalysis for the production of solar fuels. Outside of Lab, you can find Robert playing soccer, attending comedy shows, and cooking.

Daniela Fraga Alvarez
Ph.D. Student


Daniela grew up in Quito, Ecuador and received her B.S in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is a first year Ph.D student and her research interests are water electrolysis and electrochemical flow cells. Outside the lab, Daniela likes to exercise, bake cookies, and meet up with friends.

Amanda Baxter

Amanda Baxter

Amanda grew up in Southern California and Colorado. She graduated from McPherson College with a B.S. in chemistry. Then she completed her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Southern California. Her Ph.D. research focused on fluorine chemistry and fuel cells. Now an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Amanda is exploring new membrane coated electrocatalysts for electrolysis devices. In her free time Amanda enjoys practicing yoga, running and helping her dog live his best life.


Ph.D. and postdoc Alums:

Anna Dorfi

Jack Davis

Xiangye Liu

Natalie Labrador

Glen O’Neil