Mike Carroll is a scientist in the Interfacial Materials Chemistry group at NREL. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Fort Lewis College and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington, where he was trained by Professor Daniel Gamelin in physical inorganic chemistry. For his doctoral work, Mike studied the solid/liquid interface of photoexcited nanomaterials for fuel forming reactions. In his postdoctoral research work with Nate Neale at NREL, Mike focused on modifying the interface of silicon nanoparticles for electrochemical energy storage in Li-ion batteries as well as for optoelectronic applications.

As a postdoctoral researcher, Mike also led the creation of the Postdoc and Grad Student Employee Resource Group together with a group of highly motivated postdocs, grad students, and staff members. In 2020, Mike transitioned to a staff scientist. Mike’s current research leverages his background in the electrochemistry of nanomaterials and focuses on developing novel nanoscale systems for photocatalysis, solar fuels, and electrochemical energy storage.


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington

M.S., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington

B.S., Chemistry, Fort Lewis College