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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Faculty Detail

DiSalvo, Francis J

John A. Newman Professor

phone: 607/255-7238
room: Baker Laboratory, Room 102


Department Appointments

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CHEM)

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Other Affiliations

  • Energy Materials Center at Cornell
  • Institute for Computational Sustainability
  • Polymer Outreach Program (POP)
  • Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)


Solid state chemistry, materials for fuel cells and thermoelectrics, nanoparticle synthesis, nitride compounds   


The DiSalvo Group synthesizes, characterizes, and tests nanoscale materials for possible application to new energy systems. Such materials include solid state oxides, nitrides, or intermetallic compounds. Possible applications are catalysts or catalyst supports for fuel cells or electrodes for batteries.


  • Synthesis and characterization of solid state compounds
  • Discover and understand materials with novel crystal structures and/or new or enhanced properties
  • Physical properties, such as electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, thermopower, Hall effect and magnetic susceptibility, as well as selected chemical properties, such as electrochemical behavior, are examined and compared to properties expected on the basis of electronic structure calculations or similarity to known compounds

Selected Publications


  • Coalescence in the thermal annealing of nanoparticles: An in situ STEM study of the growth mechanisms of ordered Pt–Fe nanoparticles in a KCl matrix.Chemistry of Materials.  25:1436-1442. 2013
  • Infiltrating sulfur in a hierarchical architecture MWCNT@meso C core-shell nanocomposites for lithium-sulfur batteries. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  15:9051-9057. 2013
  • Mesoporous VN prepared by solid–solid phase separation.Journal of Solid State Chemistry.  197:398-401. 2013
  • Mesoporous chromium nitride as a high performance non-carbon support for the oxygen reduction reaction. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  15:7041-7044. 2013
  • Mesoporous chromium nitride as high performance catalyst support for methanol electrooxidation.Chemistry of Materials.  25:1783-1787. 2013
  • Mesoporous titanium nitride supported Pt nanoparticles as high performance catalysts for methanol electrooxidation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  15:1088-1092. 2013
  • Structurally ordered intermetallic platinum-cobalt core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced activity and stability as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts.Nature Materials.  12:81-87. 2013
  • Synthesis, raman spectrum and single-crystal structure of CaBa8[CN2]6O2(N0.5H0.5).Zeitschrift für Naturforschung.  68b:39-43. 2013
  • Synthesis, single-crystal structure and raman spectrum of Cu[N(CN)2]2 • 2 NH3.Zeitschrift für Naturforschung.  68b:296-300. 2013
  • The synthesis and structure of new transition metal lithium calcium nitride compounds.Journal of Solid State Chemistry.  197:288-296. 2013
  • Mesoporous metal nitride materials prepared from bulk oxides. Journal of the American Ceramic Society.  95:3084-3089. 2012
  • A silica sol-gel design strategy for nanostructured metallic materials.Nature Materials.  11:460-467. 2012
  • A surfactant-free strategy for synthesizing and processing intermetallic platinum-based nano particle catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society.  134:18453-18459. 2012
  • Facile synthesis of carbon-supported Pd–Co core–shell nanoparticles as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts and their enhanced activity and stability with monolayer Pt decoration. Chemistry of Materials.  24:2274-2281. 2012
  • Generalized routes to mesostructured silicates with high metal content.Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie.  226:1219-1227. 2012
  • Interconversion of inverse opals of electrically conducting doped titanium oxides and nitrides. Small.  8:2824-2832. 2012
  • Mesoporous vanadium nitride as a high performance catalyst support for formic acid electrooxidation.Chemical Communications.  48:10502-10504. 2012
  • Na5[CN2]2[CN], (Li, Na)5[CN2]2[CN], and K2[CN2]: Carbodiimides from high-pressure synthesis.Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie.  638:2111-2116. 2012
  • Template-free synthesis of mesoporous transition metal nitride materials from ternary cadmium transition metal oxides.Chemistry of Materials.  24:4406-4409. 2012
  • Tuning oxygen reduction reaction activity via controllable dealloying: A model study of ordered Cu3Pt/C inter metallic nanocatalysts.Nano Letters.  12:5230-5238. 2012