Danielle Henckel

Researcher III-Chemistry


Danielle Henckel joined in NREL in early 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research focuses on the electrochemical reduction of carbon (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) toward value-added products with a major focus on the scalabity and selectivity of these systems in an effort to bridge the gap between lab-scale and industrial processes.

She obtained her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Indiana University and her doctorate from the University of Washington. Her doctoral work focused on synthesizing hydrogen evolution catalysts and electrochemically characterizing nanomaterials. 

Research Interests

CO/CO2 electrolyzers 

In-situ spectroscopy 

Materials synthesis 


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington 

B.S., Chemistry, Indiana University 

Featured Work

Potential Dependence of the Local pH in a CO2 Reduction Electrolyzer, ACS Catalysis (2021) 

Electrochemical CO2-to-Ethylene Conversion on Polyamine-Incorporated Cu Electrodes, Nature Catalysis (2020) 

Controlling Speciation during CO2 Reduction on Cu-Alloy Electrodes, ACS Catalysis (2020) 

Modeling Equilibrium Binding at Quantum Dot Surfaces Using Cyclic Voltammetry, Nano Letters (2020) 

Improved HER Catalysis through Facile, Aqueous Activation of Nanoscale WSe2Nano Letters (2018) 

Effect of Ligand Coverage on Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by Colloidal WSe2ACS Catalysis (2017)