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Calvin Curtis

Senior Scientist

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Calvin Curtis has worked at NREL since 1980. He is a member of the Carbon-Based Nanoscience Team in the Center for Basic Sciences and the Advanced Concepts Team in the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV). He was previously on the Catalysis Team, where his work involved development of new electrocatalysts for CO reduction and for alcohol and H2 oxidation. Recent major accomplishments of this team include development of the first methods to measure the thermodynamic hydricity of transition metal hydride complexes and the synthesis of a nickel-based electrocatalyst for H2 oxidation.

On the Advanced Concepts Team in the NCPV, he has used his experience with the synthesis of nanoparticles and organometallic materials precursors to solve materials problems related to solar cell development. He has developed inks for inkjet printing of metals (Ag, Cu, Ni), metal oxides (ZnO, SnO2, (Ba,Sr)TiO3), and polymers. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Curtis was a postdoctoral research associate at the California Institute of Technology where he worked on CO hydrogenation using transition metal hydrides.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley

  • B.S., Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College.

Selected Publications 

  1. Curtis, C.J.; Wang, J.; Schulz, D.L. (2004). "Preparation and Characterization of LiMn2O4 Spinel Nanoparticles as Cathode Materials in Secondary Li Batteries." Journal of the Electrochemical Society (151(4); pp. A590-A598.
  2. Miedaner, A.; Raebiger, J.W.; Curtis, C.J.; Miller, S.M.; DuBois, D.L. (2004). "Thermodynamic Studies of [HPt(EtXantphos)2]+ and [(H)2Pt(EtXantphos)2]2+." Organometallics (23(11):2670); p. 2679.
  3. Curtis, C.J.; Wang, J.; Schulz, D.L. (2004). "Periodic Trends in Metal Hydride Donor Thermodynamics: Measurement and Comparison of the Hydride Donor Abilities of the Series HM(PNP)2+ (M = Ni, Pd, Pt; PNP = Et2PCH2N(Me)CH2PEt2)." Organometallics (23(3); pp. 511-516.
  4. Kaydanova, T.; Miedaner, A.; Curtis, C.; Alleman, J.; Perkins, J.D.; Ginley, D.S.; Sengupta, L.; Zhang, X.; He, S.; Chiu, L. (2003). "Direct ink-jet printing of composite thin barium strontium titanate films," Journal of Materials Research." Journal of Materials Research (18(12); pp. 2820-2825.
  5. Curtis, C.J.; Miedaner, A.; Ciancanelli, R.; Ellis, W.W.; Noll, B.C.; DuBois, M. R.; DuBois, D.L. (2003). "[Ni(Et2PCH2NMeCH2PEt2)2]2+ as a Functional Model for Hydrogenases." Inorganic Chemistry (42(1); pp. 216-227.

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