Bruce Koel

Associated Faculty in Chemistry, MAE, and PRISM
NSTX Collaborator, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Princeton University

Telephone: 609-258-4524


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Research Interest

Bruce Koel, Princeton University, professor of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and associated faculty in Chemistry, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), is an expert in surface science, materials science, and catalysis, with research involving a wide range of nanomaterials synthesis and characterization and nanostructured surfaces. Prof. Koel is responsible for comprehensive evaluation and characterization of nanomaterials synthesized in PBNL experiments, with specific responsibility for the experiments involving the surface growth of carbon nanostructures and heterogeneous catalysts.


  • B.S., Chemistry, Emporia State University, 1976
  • M.S., Chemistry, Emporia State University, 1978
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1981-83

Ten Recent Publications

"Activation of tungsten carbide catalysts by use of an oxygen plasma pretreatment", X. Yang, Y. C. Kimmel, J. Fu, B. E. Koel and J. G. Chen, ACS Catalysis, 2(5), 765-769 (2012).

"As(III) sequestration by iron nanoparticles (nZVI): Study of solid-phase redox transformations with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)", W. Yan, M. A. Ramos, B. E. Koel, and W.-X. Zhang, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116(9), 5303-5311 (2012).

"Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Study of Novel Cu and Fe-based Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Alkaline Media", Q. He, X. Yang, R. He, A. Bueno-López, H. Miller, X. Ren, and W. Yang and B. E. Koel, J. Power Sources, 213, 169-179 (2012).

"Multi-tiered distributions of arsenic in iron nanoparticles: Observations of dual redox functionality enabled by a core-shell structure", W. Yan, M. A. Ramos, B. E. Koel, and W.-X. Zhang, Chem. Comm., 46(37), 6995-6997 (2010).

"Electrical Properties of K-doped Superfulleride Thin Films ", N. Swami, M. E. Thompson, and B. E. Koel, J. Appl. Phys., 85, 3696-700 (1999).

"Intra-particle reduction of arsenite (As(III)) by nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) investigated with in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy", W. Yan, R. Vasic, A. Frenkel and B. E. Koel, Environ. Sci. Technol., 46(13), 7018-7026 (2012).

"Nano-faceted C/Re(11-21): Fabrication, Structure and Template for Synthesizing Nanostructured Model Pt Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction", X. Yang, B. E. Koel, H. Wang, W. Chen, and R. A. Bartynski, ACS Nano, 6(2), 1404-1409 (2012).

Chapter 2 "Structure, Characterization and Reactivity of Pt-Alloy Surfaces", B. E. Koel, in Model Systems in Catalysis: From Single Crystals and Size Selected Clusters to Supported Enzyme Mimics, R. M. Rioux (Ed.), (Springer, 2010), pp. 29-50.

Chapter 5.3.4 "Promoters and Poisons", B. E. Koel and J. Kim, in Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis, 2nd Edition, G. Ertl, H. Knözinger, F. Schüth, and J. Weitkamp (Eds.), (VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2008), pp. 1593-1624.

"State-of-the-art characterization of single-crystal surfaces—a view of nanostructures", M. Batzill, S. Banerjee, and B. E. Koel, in Catalysis and Electrocatalysis at Nanoparticle Surfaces, A. Wieckowski, E. R. Savinova, and C. G. Vayenas (Eds.), (Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, 2003), pp. 109-169.