Contact Information

Office: WEL: 2.426
Phone: 512-471-3761


Office: WEL 2.421, 2.144, 2.102
Phone: 512-471-1323, 512-471-6890

Allen J. Bard

Professor, Faculty
Director, Center for Electrochemistry
Norman Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair

Research Group

Bard Research Group


BS, City College of New York, 1955
MA, Harvard University, 1956
PhD, Harvard University, 1958

Honorary Ph.D., Weizmann Institute
of Science


Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1982


Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology; Center for Electrochemistry; Texas Materials Institute

Analytical chemistry and electrochemistry

Our group works on the application of electrochemical methods to chemical problems. We are particularly interested in using electrochemistry to elucidate the behavior and properties of novel organic and inorganic species and to study systems under extreme conditions (e.g., in supercritical fluids). We also study the interaction of light and electrochemical systems. For example, one can produce light by electrochemical generation of reactive species (electrogenerated chemiluminescence); this forms the basis of a very sensitive and selective method of analysis. We are also working on the utilization of light in photoelectrochemical cells with semiconductor electrodes or particles for the generation of electricity and chemicals. Fundamental studies of the semiconductor/solution interface and of very small (Q- or quantum-sized) particles are carried out. We have been using scanning probe techniques, like scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopies, to investigate reactions on the surfaces of electrodes with very high (atomic) resolution. We also have been developing the technique of scanning electrochemical microscopy, invented by our group, in imaging and analyzing surface structures, measuring reaction rates, and performing high resolution fabrication.

Representative Publications

J. L. Connell, J. Kim, J. B. Shear, A. J. Bard, M. Whiteley “Real-time monitoring of quorum sensing in 3D-printed bacterial aggregates using scanning electrochemical microscopy” PNAS 2014 111 (51) 18255-18260 (2014).


J. Kim, J. L. Connell, M. Whiteley, A. J. Bard “Development of a Versatile in Vitro Platform for Studying Biological Systems Using Micro-3D Printing and Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy” Anal. Chem., 86 (24), pp. 12327–12333 (2014).


F. Cao, J. Kim, A. J. Bard “Detection of the Short-Lived Cation Radical Intermediate in the Electrochemical Oxidation of N,N-Dimethylaniline by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136 (52), pp 18163–18169 (2014).


N. Arroyo-Curra ́s, J. W. Hall, J. E. Dick, R. A. Jones, A. J. Bard “An Alkaline Flow Battery Based on the Coordination Chemistry of Iron and Cobalt” J. Electrochem. Soc. 162 (3) A378-A383 (2015).


H. S. Ahn, A. J. Bard, “Surface Interrogation of CoPi Water Oxidation Catalyst by Scanning 2 Electrochemical Microscopy” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2), pp 612–615 (2015).