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Abderrahman Atifi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Idaho National Laboratory’s Chemical and Radiation Measurement Department

Research Areas:
Electrochemical Processes; Critical Materials; Ionic Liquids

Dr. Abderrahman Atifi is a postdoctoral researcher in Idaho National Laboratory’s Chemical and Radiation Measurement Department. He has conductedextensive research on electrochemical systems and processes related to energy and environmental challenges. He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Marquette University and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Hassan 1st University in, Morocco, where he also earned his master’s in materialssciences. His analytical work at Marquette was devoted to investigating the redox chemistry in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), as a new class of “green” solvents in electrochemical applications. Since 2016 he has been a postdoctoral fellow at Universityof Delaware, engaged in development of efficient and inexpensive catalyst platforms for the electrocatalytic activation of small molecules such as CO2 and N2 as well as understanding the RTIL electrochemical interface under catalytic conditions. He came toMarquette as a visiting scholar under the auspices of the Fulbright Program and while studying there received the Schmitt Fellowship for Leadership. His work at the University of Delaware was funded through the Henry and Camille Dreyfus Environmental Fellowship.


Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry- Marquette University

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry- Hassan 1st University

M.S., Materials Sciences- Hassan 1st University


Abderrahman Atifi, T. P. Keane, J. L. DiMeglio, R. C. Pupillo, D. R. Mullins, D. A. Lutterman, J. Rosenthal “Insights into the Composition and Function of a Bismuth Carbon Monoxide Evolving Catalyst (Bi-CMEC) System”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123, 9087−9095.

Abderrahman Atifi, Piotr J. Mak, Michael D. Ryan “Proton-Coupled Reduction of an Iron Nitrosyl Porphyrin in the Protic Ionic Liquid Nanodomain”, Electrochimica Acta, 2019, 295, 735-741.

Abderrahman Atifi, David W. Boyce, John L. DiMeglio, Joel Rosenthal “Directing the Outcome of CO2 Reduction at Bismuth Cathodes Using Varied Ionic Liquid Promoters”, ACS Catal., 2018, 8, 2857−2863.

J. Medina-Ramos, W. Zhang, K. Yoon, P. Bai, A. Chemburkar, W. Tang, Abderrahman Atifi, S. S. Lee, T. T. Fister, B. J Ingram, J. Rosenthal, M. Neurock, A. CT Van Duin, P. Fenter “Cathodic Corrosion at the Bismuth–Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Interface under Conditions for CO2 Reduction”, Chem. Mater., 2018, 30, 2362-2373.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Altering the Coordination of Iron Porphyrins by Ionic Liquid Nanodomains in Mixed Solvent Systems”, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 1-12.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Influence of RTIL Nano-domains on the Voltammetry and Spectroelectrochemistry of Fullerene C60 in Mixed Benzonitrile/RTIL Mixtures”, Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 191, 567–576.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Spectroscopic Evidence of Nano-domains in THF/RTIL mixtures: Spectroelectrochemical and Voltammetric Study of Nickel Porphyrins”, Anal. Chem., 2015, 87, 12245–12253.

Y. Tang, B. Pattengale, J. Ludwig, Abderrahman Atifi, A. V. Zinovev, B. Dong, Q. Kong, X. Zuo, X. Zhang, J. Huang. “Direct Observation of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Ruthenium Complex/Ni(OH)2 Nanoparticle Hybrid”, Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 18505.

Florentina Tutunea, Abderrahman Atifi, Michael D. Ryan “Visible and infrared spectroelectrochemistry of zinc and manganese porphinones: Metal versus porphyrin reduction”, J. Electroanal. Chem., 2015, 744, 17-24.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry of 1,4-dinitrobenzene in acetonitrile and room temperature ionic liquids: Ion-pairing effects in mixed solvents”, Anal. Chem., 2014, 86, 6617-6625.

Hafida Mountacer, Abderrahman Atifi, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, Mohamed Sarakha “Degradation of the pesticide carbofuran on clay and soil surfaces upon sunlight exposure”, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 2014, 21, 3443-3451.

Abderrahman Atifi, K. Czarnecki, H. Mountacer, M. D. Ryan “In-situ study of the photodegradation of carbofuran deposited on TiO2 film under UV-light, using ATR-FTIR coupled to HS-MCR-ALS”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47, 8650−8657.

Abderrahman Atifi, M. Talipov, H. Mountacer, M. D. Ryan, M. Sarakha “A density functional theory and laser flash photolysis investigation of carbofuran photodegradation in aqueous medium”, J. Photochem. Photobiol., A 2012, 235, 1-6.   


Abderrahman Atifi and Joel Rosenthal “Electrocatalytic plasticity: Switching the outcome of CO2 reduction at post-transition metal cathodes in the presence of room-temperature ionic liquids” MARM 2017, Hershey, PA.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Reactivity and solvation of redox products in mixed molecular-RTILs solvents: Nanodomains partition” ACS 2015, Boston.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Spectroelectrochemistry of Iron fluorinated porphyrin in mixed RTILs/molecular solvents”, Pittcon 2015, New Orleans.

Abderrahman Atifi and Michael D. Ryan “Spectroelectrochemical study of multi-electron transfers in room temperature ionic liquids”, ECS 2013, San Francisco.

Research Interests:

​Electrochemical Processes

Critical Materials

Ionic Liquids

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