Saheed Bukola

Saheed Bukola

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Saheed Bukola is a director’s fellow postdoctoral researcher at NREL in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center. His current research exploits composite of two-dimensional nanomaterials/polymeric membrane architecture for ion cross-permeation mitigation in energy storage and fuel cells. He has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and disclosed three U.S. patents. He currently serves as a reviewer for ACS Applied Energy Materials, Journal of Materials Science, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, and Journal of Energy Storage.

He earned his doctorate from Clemson University in South Carolina. During his doctoral work, he demonstrated high proton transmission through two-dimensional crystals embedded in membrane electrode assembly for hydrogen isotope fractionation. His versatility includes in-depth understanding of various electrochemical characterization techniques with relevant background in nanostructured electrode materials development for energy conversion and storage systems.

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Research Interests

Two-dimensional nanomaterials synthesis and characterization

Ion and molecular transport in polymeric membrane

Hydrogen fractionation, generation, purification, and storage

Fuel cells, electrolysis cell, redox-flow batteries, and post-combustion CO2 capturing


Ph.D., Chemistry, Clemson University

M.S., Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

B.S., Chemistry, Federal University of Technology, Akure

Professional Experience

Director’s Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2019–present)

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University (2015–2019)

Research Scientist II, Center of Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (2014–2015)

Associations and Memberships

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member, Electrochemical Society 

Member, North American Membrane Society

Featured Work

Effects of Atomic-Layer Deposition Alumina on Proton Transmission through Single-Layer Graphene in Electrochemical Hydrogen Pump Cells, ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (2020)

Single Layer Graphene for Estimation of Axial Spatial Resolution in Confocal Raman Microscopy Depth Profiling, Analytical Chemistry (2019)

Selective Proton /Deuteron Transport through Nafion|Graphene|Nafion Sandwich Structures at Very High Current DensityJournal of the American Chemical Society (2018)

A Convenient Miniature Test Platform for Polyelectrolyte Membrane Fuel-Cell Research, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2017)

Further Understanding of Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Catalytic Property towards Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR), Materials Today: Proceedings (2016)

Single-Pot Synthesis of ⟨001⟩-Faceted N-Doped Nb2O5/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2015)

Fe-N-C Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction Synthesized by Using Aniline Salt and Fe3+/H2O2 Catalytic System, Electrochimica Acta (2014)

A Pt-Free Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction Based on Fe-N-Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Composite, Electrochimica Acta (2013)

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Graduate in Discovery Award, College of Science, Clemson University (2019)

Overall Best Research Presentation Award, 2nd Annual Chemistry Research Symposium (2017)

First Cohort of Mandel Fellowship Award (2016–2017)