As the price of electricity from photovoltaics and wind turbines continues to plummet, the prospects of using electrocatalysis to produce fuels and chemicals in a sustainable way become increasingly viable. Current state-of-the-art electrocatalysts are not yet efficient enough to make such catalytic processes economically feasible, thus the design of new electrocatalysts for energy transformation is a major challenge to science. To this end, a fundamental understanding of the atomic-scale processes that dictate reactivity is essential for progress toward a sustainable energy future.

CSTCC 2022 Photobook

Research in the Computational Electrochemistry Laboratory (“CEL@Guelph”) is led by Prof. Leanne D. Chen and focuses on using ab initio computational methods to model reactions occurring at the electrode-electrolyte double-layer—arguably the most important component in an electrochemical cell. Gaining atomic-scale insight at this interface would have immense impact on the rational design of fuel cells, batteries, and other energy transformation systems such as the electroreduction of carbon dioxide. The following presentations contain more information about research in CEL@Guelph:

ETC-ECS Student Chapter Speaker Series 1

Celebrating the Life of Suning Wang at CCCE 2021

Symposium in Honour of Jens Nørskov’s 70th Birthday

If you are a curiosity- and team-driven undergraduate student looking to
carry out a 4th year project or explore possibilities for a graduate degree,
please do not hesitate to send Prof. Chen an email.

Research Keywords



Materials & Interfaces

Density Functional Theory

Molecular Dynamics

Microkinetic Modelling

Just Announced


Many congratulations to Austin for receiving an Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Fellowship!

PhD Transfer

Congratulations to Shayne on a successful transfer to the PhD program!