Yogesh Surendranath

Yogi Surendranath


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry


  • United States


PhD (Inorganic Chemistry), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS (Chemistry); BA (Physics), University of Virginia


Research in the Surendranath Group at MIT focuses on the investigation and manipulation of chemical reactions occurring at solid-liquid interfaces.

In particular, the Group aims to use electricity to rearrange chemical bonds by controlling interfacial reactivity at the molecular level. The chemistry of these interfaces is at the heart of nearly all contemporary challenges in renewable energy storage and utilization in a wide variety of technologies ranging from batteries, to fuel cells, to electrolyzers and, therefore, addressing these challenges is essential for enabling a low-carbon energy future.


Cottrell Scholar Award
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
DOE Young Investigator Award
AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Relevant Publications

Jackson, M. N., S. Oh, C.J. Kaminsky, S.B. Chu, G. Zhang, J.T. Miller and Y. Surendranath. "Strong Electronic Coupling of Molecular Sites to Graphitic Electrodes via Pyrazine Conjugation." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140 (2018): 1004–1010.

O’Reilly, M., R.S. Kim, S. Oh and Y. Surendranath. "Catalytic Methane Monofunctionalization by an Electrogenerated High-Valent Pd Intermediate." ACS Cent. Sci. 3 (2017): 1174–1179.

Wuttig, A., L. Can, Q. Peng, M. Yaguchi, K. Motobayashi, M. Osawa and Y. Surendranath. "Tracking a Common Surface-Bound Intermediate during CO2-to-Fuels Catalysis." ACS Cent. Sci. 2 (2016): 522–528.

Wuttig, A., M. Yaguchi, K. Motobayashi, M. Osawa and Y. Surendranath. "Inhibited Proton Transfer Enhances Au-Catalyzed CO2-to-Fuels Selectivity." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 113 (2016): E4585–E4593.

Fukushima, T, W. Drisdell, J. Yano and Y. Surendranath. "Graphite-Conjugated Pyrazines as Molecularly Tunable Heterogeneous Electrocatalysts." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2015): 10926–10929.