Jason Seabold

Postdoctoral Researcher

(303) 384-6770
At NREL Since: 

Jason Seabold received his B.S. in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University in 2006. At Bowling Green he gained experience in electrodeposition, nanowire/nanoparticle synthesis, and electron microscopy. Dr. Seabold also conducted research during the summer of 2005 in the group of Mark E. Thompson where he worked to develop polymer surface modifications for retinal implant biocompatibility. Jason conducted his Ph.D. work at Purdue University under the guidance of Dr. Kyoung-Shin Choi. It is here that he developed an interest in solar fuels production. He gained considerable expertise in using electrodeposition to synthesize composites consisting of various metal oxides, chalcogenides, and catalysts as thin films for use in photoelectrochemical cells. His dissertation was titled “Development of novel synthesis routes, architectures, and catalyst modifications toward the improvement of multicomponent photoelectrodes for solar energy conversion.” Dr. Seabold arrived at NREL in 2012 as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Nathan Neale, where he began developing strategies to synthesize mixed metal oxide nanocrystals for solar hydrogen production.

Research Interests 

  • Solar fuels production
  • Inorganic nanocrystal synthesis
  • Mixed metal oxides with new photocatalytic properties
  • Doping, alloying, and multicomponent configurations in semiconductors for solar energy applications
  • Studying photoelectrochemical interactions between semiconductors and catalysts


  • 2012 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

  • 2006-2011, Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  • 2002-2006, B.S. Chemistry, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Selected Publications 

  1. Seabold, J. A; Choi, K. S. (2012). "Efficient and Stable Photo-Oxidation of Water by a Bismuth Vanadate Photoanode Coupled with an Iron Oxyhydroxide Oxygen Evolution Catalyst." J. Am. Chem. Soc. (134); Accessed October 30, 2012: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/ja209001d.
  2. Seabold, J. A; Choi, K. S. (2011). "Effect of a Cobalt-Based Oxygen Evolution Catalyst on the Stability and the Selectivity of Photo-Oxidation Reactions of a WO3 Photoanode." Chem. Mater. (23); Accessed October 30, 2012: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/cm1019469.
  3. Jang, H. S.; McShane, C. M.; Read, C. G.; Seabold, J. A.; Choi, K. S. (2011). "Electrochemical Synthesis of Inorganic Polycrystalline Electrodes with Controlled Architectures." MRS Bulletin (35:10); Accessed October 30, 2012: http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=/MRS/MRS35_10/S0883769400000191a....
  4. Shankar, K.; Basham, J. I.; Allam, N. K.; Varghese, O. K.; Mor, G. K.; Feng, X. J.; Paulose, M.; Seabold, J. A.; Choi, K. S.; (2009). "Recent Advances in the Use of TiO2 Nanotube and Nanowire Arrays for Oxidative Photoelectrochemistry." J. Phys. Chem. C (113); Accessed October 30, 2012: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/jp809385x.
  5. Wahjudi, P. N.; Oh, J. H.; Salman, S. O.; Seabold, J. A.; Rodger, D. C.; Tai, Y. C.; Thompson, M. E. (2008). "Improvement of Metal and Tissue Adhesion on Surface-Modified Parylene C." J. Biomed. Mater. Res. A (89:1); Accessed October 30, 2012: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbm.a.31929/pdf.