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Susan Habas

Senior Scientist, Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry | 303-384-6734

Research Interests

  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of nanostructured catalysts

  • Controlled surface chemistry for selective chemical transformations

  • Scalable methods for solution-phase nanomaterials synthesis

  • Production of premium fuels and chemicals from biomass


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 20032008

  • Fulbright Scholar, Massey University, New Zealand, 20022003

  • A.B., Chemistry/Biochemistry, Wheaton College, 19972001

Professional Experience

  • Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center (NBC), 2014present

  • Staff Scientist, NREL, NBC, 20132014

  • Staff Scientist, NREL, National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), 20122013

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL, NCPV, 20092012

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Molecular Foundry, 20082009


  1. "Metal phosphide catalysts and methods for making the same and uses thereof," U.S. Patent Application No. 62/170,906 (2015)

Featured Publications

  1. "Conversion of Dimethyl Ether to 2,2,3-trimethylbutane over a Cu/BEA Catalyst: Role of Cu Sites in Hydrogen Incorporation," ACS Catalysis (2015)

Illustration showing an orange hexagon labeled "metallic Cu outside pore" attached to a circle of Si, O, Al, and H molecules in a compound, also labeled "cationic Cu in pore"; these figures are under the label "Role of the Cu Species." To the right of the circle is bracketed information showing a graph with the x-axis labeled "Time on Stream (h)" and the y-axis labeled "Hydrocarbon Production" H-BEA and H-Beak + H2 are shown with light blue and dark blue dots on the chart and the red dots represent Cu/BEA + H2. The curve of red dots runs parallel above the curve of blue dots. Below the graph are two arrow-circles labeled "aromatic cycle" and "olefin cycle" with a double arrow between them, labeled "Cu/BEA + H2."

  1. "Surface Chemistry Exchange of Alloyed Germanium Nanocrystals: A Pathway Toward Conductive Group IV Nanocrystal Films," Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2013)

  2. "Low-Cost Inorganic Solar Cells: From Ink to Printed Device," Chemical Reviews (2010)

  3. "Influence of Size, Shape, and Surface Coating on the Stability of Aqueous Suspensions of CdSe Nanoparticles," Chemistry of Materials (2010)

  4. "Probing Compositional Variation Within Hybrid Nanostructures," ACS Nano (2009)

  5. "Interfacing Metal Nanoparticles with Semiconductor Nanowires," Chemistry of Materials (2009)

  6. "Localized Pd Overgrowth on Cubic Pt Nanocrystals for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Formic Acid," Journal of the American Chemical Society (2008)

  7. "Shape Control of Colloidal Metal Nanocrystals," Small (2008)

  8. "Selective Growth of Metal and Binary Metal Tips on CdS Nanorods," Journal of the American Chemical Society (2008)

  9. "Shaping Binary Metal Nanocrystals through Epitaxial Seeded Growth," Nature Materials (2007)

  10. "Morphological Control of Catalytically Active Platinum Nanocrystals," Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2006)

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