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Radoslav Adzic

Radoslav Adzic

Senior Chemist

Chemistry Division
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Phone: (631) 344-4522
FAX:    (631) 344-5815

Surface Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis

Research Interests

Surface electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, direct energy conversion, fuel cells


M. Sci. University of Belgrade, Faculty of Technology, 1965
Dr. Sci. Chemistry University of Belgrade, 1974

Professional Employment

  • Institute of Electrochemistry, ICTM, 1965–1992 (Research Director 1978-1983; Director 1983–1992)
  • Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University, 1971–1973
  • Visiting Faculty, Case Western Reserve University, 6-9, 1977; 6-9, 1983
  • Visiting Professor, Case Western Reserve University, 1988–1990
  • Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, U. Belgrade, Professor from, 1990, 1975–1992
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Scientist, 1992; Chemist with Tenure, 2001
  • BNL, Electrochemistry Group Leader, 2004; Senior Chemist, 2005
  • Stony Brook University, Adjunct Professor, 2006

Selected Professional Activities

  • Membership professional organizations:
    • Serbian Chemical Society
    • The Electrochemical Society
    • International Society for Electrochemistry (ISE)
    • American Chemical Society
  • Organizer 13th Yugoslav Symposium on Electrochemistry, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, 1983
  • Editorial Boards of: J. Serbian Chem. Soc., 1984; Electrocatalysis; J. Transactions SAEST; Scientific Reports - Nature
  • ISE, Co-Chair, Div. Fundamental Interfacial Electrochememistry, 1987–1989
  • Co-organizer, Symposium on Oxygen Electrochemistry, Chicago, 1995
  • The Electrochemical Society, Executive Committee, Phys. Electrochem. Division, 1995–1999
  • Co-organizer, Symposium on Electrocatalysis, Québec City, 2005
  • Member Advisory Board: Energy Materials Center, Cornell University

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Award of the City of Belgrade for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1983
  • Correspondent Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1993
  • Honorary Member of the Serbian Chemical Society 1996
  • Medal of the Serbian Chemical Society on its 100th Anniversary, 1997
  • Science and Technology Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2005
  • Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, 2005
  • Energy Technology Award, the Electrochemical Society, 2006
  • The SciAm50, 2007
  • Department of Energy's Hydrogen Program R&D Award, 2008, 2012
  • Inventor of the Year, Battelle Memorial Institute, 2005, 2011
  • Fellow International Society of Electrochemistry, 2012
  • R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine, 2012
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Inventor of the Year Award, 2012
  • December 2012 issue of Electrocatalysis dedicated to Adzic
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science: Highly cited researcher, 2016


Over 300 career total; cited over 17,000 times excluding self-citations; h-index=68; 14 US patents issued; 15 applications pending.

Recent Selected Journal Articles

  • K. A. Kuttiyiel, K. Sasaki, G.-G. Park, M.B. Vukmirovic, L. Wu, Y. Zhu, J. G. Chen, and R. R. Adzic,  
  • Janus Structured Pt-FeNCn as a catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction, Chem. Commun., 53 (2017)  1660-1663.
  • Y. Li, K.A. Kuttiyiel, L. Wu, Y. Zhu, E. Fujita, K. Sasaki, R.R. Adzic, “Cobalt Manganese Oxynitride Nanocatalysts on Graphene as Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Bifunctional Catalysts”, ChemSusChem, submitted.
  • J. Hu, L. Wu, K. A. Kuttiyiel, K. Goodman, C. Zhang, Y. Zhu, M.Vukmirovic, M. G. White, K. Sasaki
  • R. R. Adzic, “Increasing Stability and Activity of Core-shell Catalysts by Preferential Segregation of     
  • Oxide on Edges and Vertexes: Oxygen Reduction on Ti-Au@Pt/C”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.,138 (2016) 9294– 9300.
  • M. B. Vukmirovic, K. A. Kuttiyiel, H. Meng, R. R. Adzic, Controllable Deposition of Platinum Layers on     
  • Oxide Surfaces for the Synthesis of Fuel Cell Catalysts, ChemElectroChem, 3 (2016) 1635 - 1640.
  • Wei-Fu Chen, Kotaro Sasaki, Chao Ma, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Nebojsa Marinkovic, James T. Muckerman, Yimei Zhu, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Hydrogen-Evolution Catalysts Based on Non-Noble Metal Nickel–Molybdenum Nitride Nanosheets,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, (2012) 6131 –613.
  • Yu Zhang, Chao Ma, Yimei Zhu, Rui Si, Yun Cai, Jia X. Wang, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Hollow core supported Pt monolayer catalysts for oxygen reduction,” Catalysis Today, 202 (2013) 50-54 .
  • Li, M., et al., Ternary Electrocatalysts for Oxidizing Ethanol to Carbon Dioxide: Making Ir Capable of  Splitting C-C Bond. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135,  132-141. 2013.
  • Sasaki, K., et al., Highly stable Pt monolayer on PdAu nanoparticle electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. Nature Communications, 3, 1115 2012.
  • S. T. Bliznakov, M. B. Vukmirovic, L. Yang, E. A. Sutter, and R. R. Adzic, “Pt Monolayer on Electrodeposited Pd Nanostructures: Advanced Cathode Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells,” J. Electrochem.  Soc., 159(9) F501-F506 (2012).
  • H. Liu, W. An, Y. Li, A. Frenkel, K. Sasaki, C. Koenigsmann, D. Su, R. Anderson, R.M Crooks, R.R.      Adzic, P. Liu, S.S. Wong, “Combining Theory and Experiment to Deduce the Active Structure Geometry of Ultrathin Nanowires Analyzed In Situ for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (2015). 12597–12609.
  • Radoslav R. Adzic, “Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts: Tunable Activity, Stability, and Self-Healing Properties, Electrocatal, 3, 163–169 (2012).
  • Meng Li, Ping Liu, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Anodic Oxidation of Alcohols,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3, 3480−3485 (2012)
  • Tanushree Ghosh, Miomir B. Vukmirovic, Francis J. DiSalvo, Radoslav R. Adzic, “Intermetallics as Support for Pt Monolayer O2 Reduction Electrocatalysts: Potential for Significantly Improving Properties,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 906 (2010)                                                              
  • Seung Woo Lee, Shuo Chen, Jin Suntivich, Kotaro Sasaki, Radoslav R. Adzic and Yang Shao-Horn, “Role of Surface Steps of Pt Nanoparticles on the Electrochemical Activity for Oxygen Reduction,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 1, (2010) 1316.
  • Sasaki, K., Naohara, H., Cai, Y., Choi, Y. M., Liu, P., Vukmirovic, M. B., Wang, J. X. and Adzic, R. R., “Core-Protected Platinum Monolayer Shell High-Stability Electrocatalysts for Fuel-Cell Cathodes,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 8602–8607 (2010).
  • Sasaki, K., et al., Recent advances in platinum monolayer electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction: Scale-up synthesis, structure and activity of Pt shells on Pd cores. Electrochim. Acta, 2010. 55(8): p. 2645-2652.
  • Kuttiyiel, K.A., et al., Nitride Stabilized PtNi Core-Shell Nanocatalyst for high Oxygen Reduction Activity. Nano Letters, 2012. 12,  6266-6271.
  • Kuttiyiel, K.A., et al., Bimetallic IrNi core platinum monolayer shell electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. Energy & Environmental Science, 2012. 5(1): p. 5297-5304.
  • Kurian A. Kuttiyiel, Kotaro Sasaki, YongMan Choi, Dong Su, Ping Liu, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Nitride Stabilized PtNi Core−Shell Nanocatalyst for high Oxygen Reduction Activity,” Nano Lett., 12, 6266−6271 (2012).
  • Kuanping Gong, YongMan Choi, Miomir B. Vukmirovic, Ping Liu, Chao Ma, Dong Su, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Tetrahedral Palladium Nanocrystals: A New Support for Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts with High Activity and Stability in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction,” Zeit. Phys. Chem., 226, 1025-1038 (2012)
  • Kowal, M. Li, M. Shao, K. Sasaki, M.B. Vukmirovic, J. Zhang, N. S. Marinkovic, P. Liu, A.I. Frenkel, R. R. Adzic, “Ternary Pt/Rh/SnO2 Electrocatalysts for Oxidizing Ethanol to CO2,” Nature Materials, 8, 325 (2009)
  • Kotaro Sasaki, Hideo Naohara, Yun Cai, Yong Man Choi, Ping Liu, Miomir B. Vukmirovic, Jia X. Wang and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Core-Protected Platinum Monolayer Shell High-Stability Electrocatalysts for Fuel-Cell Cathodes,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 8602 (2010)
  • Kotaro Sasaki, Hideo Naohara, YongMan Choi, Yun Cai, Wei-Fu Chen, Ping Liu, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Highly stable Pt monolayer on PdAu nanoparticle electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction,” Nature Communications, 3, (2012)
  • K. Elbert, J. Hu, Z. Ma, Y. Zhang, GY. Chen, W. An, P. Liu, H. S. Isaacs, R. R. Adzic, J. X. Wang, Elucidating Hydrogen Oxidation/Evolution Kinetics in Base and Acid by Enhanced Activities at the Optimized Pt Shell Thickness on the Ru Core, ACS Catalysis, 5 (2015) 6764-6772.
  • K. A. Kuttiyiel, K. Sasaki, D. Su, LJ. Wu, Y. M. Zhu, R. R. Adzic, Gold-promoted structurally ordered intermetallic palladium cobalt nanoparticles for the oxygen reduction reaction, Nature Communications, 5 (2014) 5185.
  • Xing, Y.C., et al., Enhancing Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity via Pd-Au Alloy Sublayer Mediation of  Pt Monolayer Electrocatalysts. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2010. 1, 3238-3242.
  • K. Sasaki, L. Zhang and R. R. Adzic, “Niobium oxide-supported platinum ultra-low amount electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 10, 159-167 (2008).
  • Jia X. Wang, Chao Ma, YongMan Choi, Dong Su, Yimei Zhu, Ping Liu, Rui Si, Miomir B. Vukmirovic, Yu Zhang, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Kirkendall Effect and Lattice Contraction in Nanocatalysts: A New Strategy to Enhance Sustainable Activity,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133 (34), 13551–13557 (2011)
  • J. Zhang, K. Sasaki, E. Sutter, R. R. Adzic, “Stabilization of Platinum Oxygen-Reduction Electrocatalysts Using Gold Clusters,” Science, 315(5809), 220-222 (2007).
  • R. R. Adzic, J. Zhang, K. Sasaki, M. B. Vukmirovic, M. Shao, J.X. Wang, A.U. Nilekar, Mavrikakis, J. A. Valerio,        
  • F. Uribe, “Platinum Monolayer Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts,” Topics in Catalysis, 46, 249-262 (2007).
  • J. X. Wang, J. Zhang, R. R. Adzic, “Dual-Trap Kinetic Equation for the Oxygen Reduction Oxidation Reaction on     
  • Pt (111) in Acidic Media,” J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 12702-12710 (2007).
  • B. Vukmirovic, J. Zhang, K. Sasaki, F. Uribe, M. Mavrikakis, R. R. Adzic, “Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction,” Electrochim. Acta,52, 2257 (2007)
  • J. X. Wang, H. Inada, L. Wu, Y. Zhu, Y. Choi, P. Liu, W-P. Zhou, and R. R. Adzic, “Oxygen reduction on well-defined core-shell nanoparticles: Size, facet, and Pt shell thickness effects,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 17298 (2009)
  • Junliang Zhang, Miomir B. Vukmirovic, Kotaro Sasaki, Anand Udaykumar Nilekar, Manos Mavrikakis, and Radoslav R. Adzic, “Mixed-Metal Pt Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Kinetics,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127(36), 12480-12481 (2005
  • B. M.Vukmirovic, R. Klie, K. Sasaki, and R. R. Adzic, “Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for O2 Reduction: Pt Monolayer on Pd (111) and on Carbon-supported Pd Nanoparticles,” J. Phys. Chem. B., 108(30), 10955-10964 (2004)
  • S. R. Brankovic, J. X. Wang, and R. R. Adžić, “Pt Submonolayers on Ru Nanoparticles: A Novel Low Pt Loading, High CO Tolerance Fuel Cell Electrocatalyst,” Electrochem. Solid-State Lett., 4(12), A217-A220 (2001).
  • S. R. Brankovic, J. X. Wang, and R. R. Adžić, “Metal monolayer deposition by replacement of metal adlayers on electrode surfaces,” Surf. Sci., 474(1-3), L173-L179 (2001)
  • Wang, J.X, Robinson, I.K., Adzic, R.R. Formation of well-ordered surface compounds by coadsorption of thallium and bromide on the Au(111) electrode surface. Surf. Sci.412/413, 374-383 (1998).
  • Adzic R.R. Wang, J. X., Configuration and site of O2 adsorption on the Pt(111) electrode surface. J. Phys. Chem. 102, 8988-8993 (1998).
  • Adzic, R. R., Wang, J., Vitus, C., Ocko, B., The electrodeposition of Pb monolayers on low index Pt surfaces: an x-ray scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy study. Surface Sci. Lett. 293, L876-L883 (1993)
  • Adzic, R. R., Wang, J., Ocko, B. M. Structure of metal adlayers during the course of electrocatalytic reactions: O2 reduction on Au(111) with Tl adlayers in acid solutions. Electrochim. Acta. 40, 83-89 (1995).
  • N.M. Markovic, R.R. Adzic, B.D. Cahan, E.B. Yeager. Structural effects in electrocatalysis: oxygen reduction on platinum low index single-crystal surfaces in perchloric acid solutions, J. Electroanal. Chem., 377, (1994) 249-259.
  • Adzic, R.R., Feddrix, F., Nikolic, B.Z.,Yeager, E., The elucidation of hydrogen and anion adsorption on Pt(111) through the co-adsorption of metal adatoms and carbon monoxide, J.Electroanal. Chem., 341, 287-306 (1992).
  • Faguy, P., Markovic, N., Adzic, R., Fierro, C., Yeager, E., A study of bisulfate adsorption on Pt(111) single crystal electrodes using in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. J. Electroanal. Chem. 289, 245-62 (1990).
  • Nikolic, B., Huang, H., Gervasio, D., Fierro, C., Adzic, R., Yeager, E., Electrochemical and FTIR spectroscopy investigation of CO2 reduction on single crystal platinum electrodes, J. Electroanal. Chem. 295, 415-423 (1990).
  • Anastasijevic, N., Vesovic, V., Adzic, R.R., A determination of kinetic parameters of the oxygen reduction reaction using the rotating ring-disk electrode, part I: Theory. J. Electroanal. Chem. 229, 305-316 (1987).
  • Anastasijevic, N., Vesovic, V., Adzic, R.R., A determination of kinetic parameters of the oxygen reduction reaction using the rotating ring-disk electrode, part II: Applications. J. Electroanal. Chem. 229, 317-325 (1987).
  • Adzic, R.R., Tripkovic, A.V., Vesovic, V., Structural effects in electrocatalysis: oxidation of formic acid and hydrogen adsorption on platinum single crystal stepped surfaces. J. Electroanal. Chem. 204, 329-341 (1986).
  • Adzic, R.R., Strbac, S., Anastasijevic, N., Electrocatalysis of oxygen on single crystal gold surfaces. Material Chem. Phys. 22, 349-375 (1989).
  • Adzic, R.R., Markovic, N., Vesovic, V., Structural effects in electrocatalysis: oxygen reduction on the Au(100) single crystal electrode. J. Electroanal. Chem. 165, 105-120 (1984).
  • Adzic, R.R., Markovic, N., Optical and electrochemical study of cation adsorption on oxide layers on gold and platinum electrodes. Electrochim. Acta.30, 1473 (1985).
  • Adzic, R.R., Tripkovic, A.V., O'Grady, W.E., Structural effects in electrocatalysis. Nature. 296, 137-138 (1982).
  • Adzic, R.R., Electrocatalysis on surfaces modified by foreign metal adatoms. Israel J. Chem. 18, 166 (1979).
  • Adzic, R.R, Simic, D.N., Despic, A.R., Drazic, D.M., Electrochemical oxidation of formic acid at noble metals: Catalytic effects of foreign metal monolayers. J. Electroanal. Chem. 80, 81 (1977).
  • Adzic, R.R., Yeager, E., Cahan, B.D., Optical and electrochemical studies of underpotential deposition of lead on      gold evaporated and single‑crystal electrodes. J. Electrochem. Soc. 121, 474 (1974).
  • Adzic, R.R, Despic, A.R., Catalytic effect of metal adatoms deposited at underpotentials. J. Chem. Phys. 61, 3482 (1974).
  • Adzic, R.R., Cahan, B., Yeager, E., Complex plane analysis in electrode modulated specular reflectance studies. J. Chem. Phys. 58, 1780 (1973).