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Abdoulaye Djire

Researcher III-Chemistry

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Dr. Abdoulaye Djire is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in August 2016 from the University of Michigan under the direction of Prof. Levi Thompson. His doctoral thesis involved understanding the charge storage mechanisms of high surface-area carbides and nitrides for electrochemical supercapacitors.

Prior to joining NREL in February 2017, Dr. Djire worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in a startup company in Michigan, developing new technologies for next-generation supercapacitors based on cheap metal nitrides. In addition to being an excellent scholar, Dr. Djire is a gifted presenter and has given a number of effective presentations at national and international conferences and won several awards in the past few years. Dr. Djire is a Georgia Institute of Technology Focus Fellow and University of Michigan Tech Transfer Technology Fellow.

Research Interests

Energy storage systems

  • Batteries
  • Capacitors
  • Supercapacitors

Energy conversion

  • Fuel cells
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photoelectrochemical systems


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

B.S. Chemical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), Prairie View A&M University

Featured Work

Djire et al., “Enhanced performance for early transition-metal nitrides via pseudocapacitance in protic ionic liquid electrolytes,” Electrochemistry Comm., 77 (2017) 19–23. DOI: 10.1016/j.elecom.2017.02.001.

Djire et al., “Effects of surface oxygen on charge storage in high surface area early transition-metal carbides and nitrides,” J. Power Sources, 275 (2015) 159–166. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.10.161.

P. Pande, A. Deb, A. E. Sleightholme, A. Djire, P. Rasmussen, J.E. Penner-Hahn, and L.T. Thompson, “Pseudocapacitive charge storage via hydrogen insertion for molybdenum nitrides,” J. Power Sources, 289 (2015) 154–159. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.03.171.