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Dr. Steven Baldelli, Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics



  • Areas of expertise

    • Surface chemistry
    • Surface electrochemistry
    • Laser spectroscopy
  • Awards

    • UH Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship - 2007
    • UH Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship - 2014
  • Publications

    • Fang M, Santos G, Chen X, Baldelli S. Roles of oxygen for methanol adsorption on polycrystalline copper surface revealed by sum frequency generation imaging microscopy Surface Science. 648: 35-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.10.012
    • ang M, Baldelli S. Grain Structures and Boundaries on Microcrystalline Copper Covered with an Octadecanethiol Monolayer Revealed by Sum Frequency Generation Microscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 6: 1454-60. PMID 26263151 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00215
    • Fang M, Baldelli S. Grain structures and boundaries on microcrystalline copper covered with an octadecanethiol monolayer revealed by sum frequency generation microscopy Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 6: 1454-1460. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00215
    • Xu S, Xing S, Pei SS, Ivaništšev V, Lynden-Bell R, Baldelli S. Molecular Response of 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Dicyanamide Ionic Liquid at the Graphene Electrode Interface Investigated by Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 119: 26009-26019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b08736
    • Johnson CM, Baldelli S. Vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy studies of the influence of solutes and phospholipids at vapor/water interfaces relevant to biological and environmental systems Chemical Reviews. 114: 8416-8446. PMID 24785382 DOI: 10.1021/cr4004902
    • Liao L, Zhang Q, Su Z, Zhao Z, Wang Y, Li Y, Lu X, Wei D, Feng G, Yu Q, Cai X, Zhao J, Ren Z, Fang H, Robles-Hernandez F, ... Baldelli S, et al. Efficient solar water-splitting using a nanocrystalline CoO photocatalyst. Nature Nanotechnology. 9: 69-73. PMID 24336404 DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2013.272
    • Jacob JDC, Lee TR, Baldelli S. In situ vibrational study of the reductive desorption of alkanethiol monolayers on gold by sum frequency generation spectroscopy Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 118: 29126-29134. DOI: 10.1021/jp504463z
    • Xu S, Xing S, Pei SS, Baldelli S. Sum frequency generation spectroscopy study of an ionic liquid at a graphene-BaF2 (111) interface Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 118: 5203-5210. DOI: 10.1021/jp502500u
    • Ahmed MHM, Lydiatt FP, Chekulaev D, Wincott PL, Vaughan DJ, Jang JH, Baldelli S, Thomas AG, Walters WS, Lindsay R. Wet chemically prepared rutile TiO2(110) and TiO2(011): Substrate preparation for surface studies under non-UHV conditions Surface Science. 630: 41-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2014.06.020
    • Peñalber CY, Baker GA, Baldelli S. Sum frequency generation spectroscopy of imidazolium-based ionic liquids with cyano-functionalized anions at the solid salt-liquid interface. The Journal of Physical Chemistry. B. 117: 5939-49. PMID 23650965 DOI: 10.1021/jp4019074


  • Patents

    Not available

  • Funded Research

    • National Science Foundation grant to further the development of sum frequency generation (SFG) microscopy with the capability to investigate chemically patterned surfaces at the molecular level - $400,000 
    • Keck Foundation grant to build a super-resolution microscope - $1 million
  • Curriculum Vitae

    Not available

  • Contact information

    Science and Engineering Research Center, room 1025
    Phone: 832-842-8843