Patrick J. Cappillino, Assistant Professor

B.A. 1997, State University of New York at Albany

Ph.D. 2009, Boston University

Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Cappillino received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University under Prof. John Caradonna and held a postdoctoral position in the Energy Nanomaterials division of Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Cappillino's lab is focused on developing inorganic materials for grid-scale energy storage, electrocatalysis, and heterogeneous catalysis. His areas of expertise include molecular and solid state inorganic chemistry, meso- and nanostructured materials, electrochemistry, surface chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry.

Graduate Students:

Sita Gurung

Multimetallic materials exhibit enhanced functional properties having wide range of applications in areas such as hydrogen storage, catalysis, and electrocatalysis. Further, the topology (e.g., particle size, morphology, porosity) exhibited by nanoparticles and nanoporous metals (NPM) plays an important role in determining functional properties. Simultaneous control of both surface morphology and composition remains a challenge despite many efforts, particularly at large scale, and with high surface area powders and nanomaterial substrates. Atomic Layer Electroless Deposition (ALED) is a scalable approach to surface-modified metal powders in which elements more noble than the surface hydrides of the substrate metal are deposited layer-by-layer in surface-limited fashion. We use this method to prepare surface alloys on NPM substrates that would be incompatible with conventional ALD methods. We aim to expand the scope of substrates and adlayers other than noble metals.


Amber Cyr

Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Aerogels for Energy Storage Resorcinol-formaldehyde aerogels are incredibly porous, sponge-like materials that have an extraordinary surface area, are exceptionally lightweight, and are even adjustable in just how porous they can be. The past two years have been spent perfecting the aerogel synthesis method in order to achieve consistent surface areas. This has been accomplished by optimizing both the supercritical drying and pyrolysis times and temperatures. The obtained aerogels have surface areas of up to 400 m2/g after drying with supercritical CO2 and an impressive surface area of up to 660 m2/g following pyrolysis. Now that the synthesis procedure is set in place, the aerogels will be altered through an inorganic synthesis where ligands on the surface of the gels will provide active sites for iron to latch on to. These alterations will make the gels conductive so that they may be used in electrochemical applications such energy storage systems.

Sam Pahari

Sam just joined our lab in Fall, 2017, working on our Bio-Inspired Nonaqueous Redox Flow Battery project! He's done a great job gaining traction.


Trang Nguyen

Trang joing our lab in Spring, 2018, working on our Atomic Layer Electroless Deposition Project. We're looking forward to his contribution!
Undergraduate Students:
Dan Ridge
 Lam Pham  

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