Lab Fellow, Director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis
Lab Fellow, Director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis


Morris Bullock is the director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center. He is a Laboratory Fellow in the Physical and Computational Sciences Division. From 1985-2006, he was in the Chemistry Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, New York).

Research Interest

  • Research in the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis focuses on the development of molecular transition metal electrocatalysts for multi-proton, multi-electron reactions that are needed for a secure energy future.
  • Research interests include synthetic, kinetic, and mechanistic aspects of transition metal complexes and their use as homogeneous catalysts and electrocatalysts. Much of our work focuses on the reactivity of metal hydrides, and the factors that influence the cleavage of the M-H bond as a proton, a hydride, or a hydrogen atom.
  • He and his co-workers have been interested for many years in the development of catalysts based on earth-abundant, inexpensive metals as alternatives to the widespread use of precious metals (“Cheap Metals for Noble Tasks”).


  • B.S., Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984 (Chuck Casey’s group)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Jack Norton at Colorado State University (1984-1985)

Awards and Recognitions