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Ivan A. Moreno-Hernandez


Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Moreno-Hernandez lab is a multidisciplinary group focused on understanding electrochemical materials to advance renewable energy technologies and create a sustainable future. Their primary tool is liquid cell transmission electron microscopy, a technique that enables direct observations of the structural dynamics of materials in real time and at near-atomic resolution in a realistic liquid environment. They complement this technique with a wide set of analytical techniques and materials synthesis methods that enable the characterization and synthesis of materials with nanoscale precision. This combination enables systematic studies of the relationship between nanoscale structure and macroscale properties. In addition to their research efforts, the Moreno-Hernandez lab aims to create an inclusive environment that embraces the lived experiences of each group member and provides support for ongoing personal growth.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2214 French Science Center, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0236
  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 1518
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  • University of California, Berkeley, 2022
  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2019
  • B.Sc. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2014

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, Nanostructured materials, Transmission electron microscopy, and Electrochemistry

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 590: Special Topics in Chemistry
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 311: Physical Chemistry II

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Vigil, SA; Moreno-Hernandez, IA, Dissolution Heterogeneity Observed in Anisotropic Ruthenium Dioxide Nanocrystals via Liquid-Phase Transmission Electron Microscopy., Journal of the American Chemical Society (2024) [10.1021/jacs.3c13709] [abs].
  • Guo, S; Boyarsky, M; Vigil, SA; Yu, Y; Moreno-Hernandez, IA; Gehm, ME; Wiley, BJ, Toward One-Way Smoke: Synthesis of Copper-Based Microclubs with Asymmetric Scattering and Absorption, Advanced Functional Materials (2024) [10.1002/adfm.202315289] [abs].
  • Vigil, SA; Moreno-Hernandez, IA, Dissolution heterogeneity observed in anisotropic ruthenium dioxide nanocrystals via liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy (2023) [10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-3fj7g] [abs].
  • Crook, MF; Moreno-Hernandez, IA; Ondry, JC; Ciston, J; Bustillo, KC; Vargas, A; Alivisatos, AP, EELS Studies of Cerium Electrolyte Reveal Substantial Solute Concentration Effects in Graphene Liquid Cells., Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 145 no. 12 (2023), pp. 6648-6657 [10.1021/jacs.2c07778] [abs].
  • Yan, C; Byrne, D; Ondry, JC; Kahnt, A; Moreno-Hernandez, IA; Kamat, GA; Liu, Z-J; Laube, C; Crook, MF; Zhang, Y; Ercius, P; Alivisatos, AP, Facet-selective etching trajectories of individual semiconductor nanocrystals., Science advances, vol 8 no. 32 (2022) [10.1126/sciadv.abq1700] [abs].

Affiliate Topics in Materials Research