Murilo Santhiago


Chemist Murilo Santhiago completed his undergraduate studies at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and pursued his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry at the State University of Campinas. During his doctoral studies, he spent time at Colorado State University, where he indulged in his passion for hiking amidst the mountains. He also completed his post-doctoral studies at UNICAMP.

Santhiago specializes in flexible electrical and electrochemical devices and conducts research at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory. Apart from his professional pursuits, he is an avid extreme sports enthusiast, loves BBQ, and soccer, and is always on the lookout for new places to explore. His research is often accompanied by the distorted tunes of 90s punk rock, a soundtrack he swears by for sparking clarity in his ideas.


Deciphering Chemical Defects in the Basal Plane of 2D Materials for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
Science / Chemistry

In the quest for cleaner energy forms, materials capable of generating hydrogen (H2) are of paramount importance. Advancements in this field hinge on our comprehension of how certain promising materials, such as two-dimensional (2D) materials, function. These 2D materials are incredibly thin, just a few atoms thick, while their lateral dimensions can vary significantly.

The catalytic activity of these materials is attributed to the presence of chemical defects in the basal plane. However, establishing platforms that allow for the controlled generation of defects and combining mechanical tests with electrochemical studies poses a significant challenge.

This work aims to investigate the catalytic activity at the basal plane of 2D materials using both rigid and flexible electrodes. We aim to assess how chemical defects and mechanical effects influence the hydrogen evolution reaction.

Amount invested

R$ 86,000.00

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  • Topics
  • 2D materials
  • hydrogen evolution