Mario A. Alpuche

Associate Professor
Mario Alpuche

Contact Information


  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009), The Ohio State University (Yiying Wu)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-2007), The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Electrochemistry (Allen J. Bard)
  • Ph.D. (2005), Mississippi State University (David Wipf)
  • B.S. (Licenciatura, 1999), Autonomous University of Yucatan

Research Interests

The development and application of electrochemical methods are the focus or our research. We are interested in using these methods to solve problems in analytical chemistry, energy conversion and corrosion. Renewable energy sources can be utilized with electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, batteries and dye-sensitized solar cells. We are interested in studying the fundamental properties of materials used for these applications to explain observed trends in electrocatalytic activity; we aim at using this knowledge to design new materials for more efficient devices.

We apply electrochemical principles to study the thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfer reactions to correlate these with structure and other properties of materials. We are interested in developing new methods for the analysis of nanostructures, films and bulk materials for their potential use in energy conversion, such as semiconductors for harvesting solar energy and electrocatalysts for fuel cells (see Fig. 1).

Mario Alpuche

Analytical methods based on electrochemical principles are also of interest to us. Our goal is to develop electroanalytical methods to detect specific analytical targets out of complex mixtures (pH-meters and glucose sensors are examples of widely used, highly selective electrochemical devices). An additional benefit of electroanalytical methods is the possibility of miniaturization without necessarily sacrificing selectivity or sensitivity. The goal is to develop protocols to reproducibly prepare and characterize electrochemical sensors with diameters in the order of nanometers.


Dr. Alpuche's research efforts are currently supported by a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), from the Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) program in the NSF Division of Chemistry, award No. 1255387.


  • Parajuli, S.; Chhetri, P.; Barakoti, K.K.; Stephenson, W.L.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.  Photoelectrochemical Study of Pyrargyrite in Acid Media.  J. Electrochem. Soc. 2015, 162, H179-H185.
  • Chhetri, P.; Barakoti, K.K.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.  Control of Carrier Recombination on ZnO Nanowires Photoelectrochemistry.  J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 1506-1516.
  • Perera, N.; Karunathilake, N.; Chhetri, P.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.  Electrochemical Detection and Sizing of Colloidal ZnO Nanoparticles.  Anal. Chem. 2015, 87, 777-784.
  • Fernando, A.; Parajuli, S.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.  Observation of Individual Semiconducting Nanoparticle Collisions by Stochastic Photoelectrochemical Currents.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135,10894-10897.
  • Zhan, D.P.; Li, X.; Nepomnyashchii, A.B.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Fan, F.R.F.; Bard, A.J.  Characterization of Ag+ toxicity on living fibroblast cells by the ferrocenemethanol and oxygen response with the scanning electrochemical microscope.  J. Electroanal. Chem. 2013, 688, 61-68.
  • Tatum, L.A.; Johnson, C.J.; Fernando, A.A.P.; Ruch, B.C.; Barakoti, K.K.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; King, B.T.  Boronic esters: A simple route to discotic liquid crystals that are electron deficient.  Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 3261-3264.
  • Panitat, H.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.; Yiying, W.J.  Electrocatalytic Activity of Graphene Multilayers toward I-/I3-:  Effect of Preparation Conditions and Polyelectrolyte Modification.   J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 15857-15861.
  • Hasin, P.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Li, Y.G.; Wu, Y.Y.  Mesoporous Nb-Doped TiO2 as Pt Support for Counter Electrode in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.  J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 7456-7460.
  • Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Wu, Y.  Photoelectrochemistry studies of the band structure of Zn2SnO4 prepared by the hydrothermal method.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 3216-3224.
  • Rodriguez Lopez, J.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Bard, A.J.  Interrogation of surfaces for the quantification of adsorbed species on electrodes:  Oxygen on gold and platinum in neutral media.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 16985-16995.
  • Nepomnyashchii, A.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Pan, S.; Zhan, D.; Fan, F.-R.; Bard, A.J.  Cyclic voltammetry studies of Cd2+ and Zn2+ complexation with hydroxyl terminated polyamidoamine generation 2 dendrimer at a mercury microelectrode.  J. Electroanal. Chem. 2008, 621, 286-296.
  • Minguzzi, A.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Rodriguez Lopez, J.; Rondinini, S.; Bard, A.J.  Screening of oxygen evolution electrocatalysts by scanning electrochemical microscopy using a tip shielding approach.  Anal. Chem. 2008, 80, 4055-4064.
  • Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Baur, J.E.; Wipf, D.O.  Imaging of metal ion dissolution and electrodeposition by anodic stripping voltammetry-scanning electrochemical microscopy.  Anal. Chem. 2008, 80, 3612-3621.
  • Kiani, A.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Eggers, P.; Jones, M.; Gooding, J.J.; Paddon-Row, M.N.; Bard, A.J.  Scanning electrochemical microscopy.  59.  Effect of defects and structure on electron transfer through self-assembled monolayers. Langmuir 2008, 24, 2841-2849.
  • Rodriguez Lopez, J.; Alpuche-Avilés, M.A.; Bard, A.J.  Selective insulation with polytetrafluoroethylene of substrate electrodes for electrochemical background reduction in scanning electrochemical microscopy.  Anal. Chem. 2008, 80, 1813-1818.
  • Luis Díaz-Ballote, L.; Alpuche-Avilés, M.A.; Wipf, D.O.  Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry - scanning electrochemical microscopy.  J. Electroanal. Chem. 2007, 604, 17-25.
  • Veleva, L.; Alpuche-Aviles, M.A.; Graves-Brook, M.K.; Wipf, D.O.  Voltammetry and surface analysis of AISI 316 stainless steel in chloride-containing simulated concrete pore environment.  J. Electroanal. Chem. 2005, 578, 45-53.