Saad Intikhab is a postdoctoral researcher in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center. Saad is broadly interested in renewable energy storage and conversion technologies. His research at NREL focuses on electrochemical energy storage particularly using low-temperature electrolysis. He is engaged in design, fabrication, and testing of membrane electrode assemblies with the aim to advance the performance and durability of anion exchange membrane electrolysis.

He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Drexel University. For his doctoral research, Saad used electroanalytical techniques on Pt single crystals to study the pH dependence of the electrocatalytic reversible hydrogen reactions.

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Research Interests

Electrochemical engineering: proton exchange membrane/anion exchange membrane electrolyzers and fuel cells

Interfacial and surface science

Rational catalyst design


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University

M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong

Featured Work

Adsorbed Hydroxide Does Not Participate in the Volmer Step of Alkaline Hydrogen Electrocatalysis, ACS Catalysis (2017)

Stoichiometry and Surface Structure Dependence of Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Activity and Stability of MoxC MXenes, Journal of Catalysis (2019)

Exploiting Dynamic Water Structure and Structural Sensitivity for Nanoscale Electrocatalyst Design, Nano Energy (2019)

Caffeinated Interfaces Enhance Alkaline Hydrogen Electrocatalysis, ACS Catalysis (2020)

Determining the Viability of Hydroxide-Mediated Bifunctional HER/HOR Mechanisms through Single-Crystal Voltammetry and Microkinetic Modeling, Journal of Electrochemical Society (2018)

Kinetic Isotope Effects Quantify pH-Sensitive Water Dynamics at the Pt Electrode Interface, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2020)

Ionic Liquid Additives for the Mitigation of Nafion Specific Adsorption on Platinum, ACS Catalysis (2020)

W‐Based Atomic Laminates and Their 2D Derivative W1.33C MXene with Vacancy Ordering, Advanced Materials (2018)

Sequential Capacitive Deposition of Ionic Liquids for Conformal Thin Film Coatings on Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysts, ACS Catalysis (2019)

Nanoporous Metals from Thermal Decomposition of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Acta Materialia (2020)

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, AIChE – Delaware Valley Section (2019)

Joseph and Shirley Carleone Endowed Fellowship Fund, Drexel University (2018)

Poster Award: 1st Place Solid State Electrochemistry Division, The Electrochemical Society (2017) 

Leroy Resser Endowed Fellowship Fund, Drexel University (2017)