You are cordially invited to attend the next regular meeting of the New England Section of The Electrochemical Society (NESECS). The meeting will take place on May 8, 2018 at 6:00PM at the Northeastern University‘s Boston Campus, Egan Research Center, Room 305/306.


Pre-registration and dinner reservation is required to attend the Section’s meeting.




6:00pm – Arivals, Check-in


6:15pm – Dinner


7:00pm – Talk by Dr. Yogi Surendranath


7:45pm – Q&A


8:00pm – Adjorn




To register and pay for the dinner please use the following direct link below:



In case if, for some reason, on-line registration and payment for dinner doesn’t work please Email:
To let us know about an issue and to confirm your intention to attend and register. Please identify your name, affiliation, job title, e-mail, telephone number, ECS member/non-member/student member. Please, register early as the number of seats is limited.
(No-shows will be sent an invoice to cover the dinner costs. Please, be mindful of your commitment.)




ECS Members (adult) – $35

Non-members – $40

Students – $15





Yogi Surendranath


Paul M. Cook Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Bridging Molecular and Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis Through Graphite Conjugation




The efficient interconversion of electrical and chemical energy requires catalysts capable of accelerating complex multi-electron reactions at electrified interfaces. These reactions can be carried out at the metallic surface sites of heterogeneous electrocatalysts or via redox mediation at molecular electrocatalysts. Molecular catalysts yield readily to synthetic alteration of their redox properties and secondary coordination sphere, permitting systematic tuning of their activity and selectivity. Similar control is difficult to achieve with heterogeneous electrocatalysts because they typically exhibit a distribution of active site geometries and local electronic structures, which are recalcitrant to molecular-level synthetic modification. However, metallic heterogeneous electrocatalysts benefit from a continuum of electronic states which distribute the redox burden of a multi-electron transformation, enabling more efficient catalysis. We have developed a simple synthetic strategy for conjugating well-defined molecular catalyst active sites with the extended states of graphitic solids. Electrochemical and spectroscopic data indicate that these graphite-conjugated catalysts do not behave like their molecular analogues, but rather as metallic active sites with molecular definition, providing a unique bridge between the traditionally disparate fields of molecular and heterogeneous electrocatalysis.



Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath is the Paul M. Cook Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT, obtained under the direction of Professor Daniel Nocera. As part of his graduate work, he uncovered key mechanisms by which solar energy can be converted into chemical fuels. After receiving his PhD, Professor Surendranath undertook postdoctoral studies as a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Professor Paul Alivisatos. In the summer of 2013, he assumed his current position at MIT. His research group aims to store renewable electricity in energy-dense chemical bonds by controlling interfacial reactivity at the molecular level. Professor Surendranath has authored over 50 publications and is the recipient of numerous awards including an NSF CAREER award, a DOE Young Investigator Award, an Air Force Young Investigator Award, a Toyota Young Investigator Award from The Electrochemical Society, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Cottrell Scholar Award.


Directions to Egan Research Center | Northeastern University

Egan Research Center is part of Northeastern University’s Boston Campus. Its physical address is 120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115. It is easily accessible by public transit and is located just outside the Northern exit from Ruggles MBTA/Commuter Rail station.
CLICK HERE to view Egan Center on GoogleMap or request directions to it.
If you are driving and prefer garage parking (as opposed to searching for street parking), you can park at the Renaissance Garage located just on the opposite (Southern) side of the same Ruggles station overpass at 835 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA.
CLICK HERE to view Renaissance Garage on GoogleMap or request directions to it.