Peter Henry Dinolfo

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Research Interests Design and Synthesis of Supramolecular Coordination Compounds Fundamentals of Electron Transfer in Inorganic Materials Electrochemistry and Spectroscopy of Inorganic Compounds Development of Redox Catalysts for Solar Fuel Formation Surface Functionalization and Modification Techniques


B.S., State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 1998
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2004
Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2007

Research Focus
  • Dye-sensitized Semiconductor Solar Cells
  • Organic Photovoltaics
  • Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Polymers, Materials and Energy
Select Works
  • Full publication list available at:
  • 35) LeBlond, Tyler R.; Dinolfo, Peter H. "Density Functional Theory Prediction of the Electrocatalytic Mechanism of Proton Reduction by a Dicobalt Tetrakis(Schiff Base) Macrocycle," Inorg. Chem., 2020, 59, 3764-3774.
  • 34) Anderson, Nathaniel T.; Ren, Shaokang; Chao, Jie; Dinolfo, Peter H.; Wang, Xing "Exploiting Plasmon-Mediated Energy Transfer to Enhance End-to-End Efficiency in a DNA Origami Energy Transfer Array," ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2019, 2, 5563-5572.
  • 33) Esposito, Teresa A.; Dinolfo, Peter H.; Lewis, Kim M. "Temperature Dependent Electron Transport and Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy of Porphyrin Molecular Junctions," Organic Electronics, 2018, 63, 58-64.
  • 32) Anderson, Nathaniel T.; Dinolfo, Peter H.; Wang, Xing "Synthesis and characterization of porphyrin-DNA constructs for the self-assembly of modular energy transfer arrays," J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 2452-2459. - Cover feature.
  • 31) Civic, Marissa R.; Dinolfo, Peter H. "Electrochemical Rectification of Redox Mediators Using Porphyrin-Based Molecular Multilayered Films on ITO Electrodes," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 20465-20473.
  • 30) Yang, Yunbo; Dash, Jatis; Xiang, Yu; Wang, Yiping; Shi, Jian; Dinolfo, Peter H.; Lu, Toh-Ming; Wang, Gwo-Ching "Tuning the Phase and Optical Properties of Ultrathin SnSx Films," J. Phys. Chem C, 2016, 120, 13199-13214.
  • 29) Buchwald, James R.; Kal, Subhadeep; Civic, Marissa R.; deJoode, Ian M.; Filatov, Alexander S.; Dinolfo, Peter H. "Spin Modulation and Electrochemical Behavior of a Pentacoordinate Cobalt(III) Salen Coordination Complex," J. Coord. Chem., 2016, in press. - Invited article for Emerging Leaders Issue.