Joel Schrauben

Postdoctoral Researcher

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At NREL Since: 

Joel Schrauben attended the University of Michigan, where he worked as an intern for BASF (in Ludwigshafen, Germany) and later worked in the group of Zhan Chen. After graduation in 2005, he joined the group of Jim McCusker at Michigan State University, where he studied the electronic structure, excited-state dynamics, and magnetism of transition metal complexes and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. In 2010, he pursued a postdoc with Jim Mayer at the University of Washington in Seattle. There he worked on the proton-coupled electron transfer chemistry of metal oxides and phenols. He joined NREL in 2012 and is currently studying singlet fission and the application of this phenomenon toward solar energy conversion technologies.

Research Interests 

  • Excited State Dynamics
  • Interfacial (photo) Chemistry and Photophysics
  • Small Molecule Activation


  • Postdoc, Mayer Group, University of Washington (2010-2012)

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Michigan State University (2010)

  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan (2005)

Selected Publications 

  1. Joel N. Schrauben, Mauricio Cattaneo, Thomas C. Day, Adam L. Tenderholt and James M. Mayer (2012). "Multiple-Site concerted proton-electron transfer reactions of hydrogen-bonded phenols are nonadiabatic and well described by semiclassical marcus theory." J. Am. Chem. Soc. (134:40); Accessed January 15, 2013:
  2. Joel N. Schrauben, Rebecca Hayoun, Carolyn N. Valdez, Miles Braten, Lila Fridley and James M. Mayer (2012). "Titanium and zinc oxide nanoparticles are proton-coupled electron transfer agents." Science (336); Accessed January 15, 2013:
  3. Joel N. Schrauben , Kevin L. Dillman , Warren F. Beck and James K. McCusker (2010). "Vibrational coherence in the excited state dynamics of Cr(acac)3: probing the reaction coordinate for ultrafast intersystem crossing." Chem. Sci. (1); Accessed January 15, 2013: