Joshua Melendez-Rivera

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: Texas A&M University
  • Field of Study: Computational and Surface Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: James Batteas
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, 2021


(1) Bennett, J. W.; Jones, D. T.; Hudson, B. G.; Meléndez-Rivera, J.; Hamers, R. J.; Mason, S. E. Emerging Investigator Series: First-Principles and Thermodynamics Comparison of Compositionally-Tuned Delafossites: Cation Release from the (001) Surface of Complex Metal Oxides. Environ. Sci.: Nano 2020, 7 (6), 1642–1651.

(2) Santana, J. A.; Cruz, B.; Meléndez-Rivera, J.; Rösch, N. Strain and Low-Coordination Effects on Monolayer Nanoislands of Pd and Pt on Au(111): A Comparative Analysis Based on Density Functional Results. J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124 (24), 13225–13230.

(3) Santana, J. A.; Meléndez-Rivera, J. Hydrogen Adsorption on Au-Supported Pt and Pd Nanoislands: A Computational Study of Hydrogen Coverage Effects. J. Phys. Chem. C 2021, 125 (9), 5110–5115.

(4) Meléndez-Rivera, J.; Santana, J. A. Density Functional Calculations of the Sequential Adsorption of Hydrogen on Single Atom and Small Clusters of Pd and Pt Supported on Au(111). Electrocatalysis 14, 2023, 325-331.

1. 54th ACS Junior Technical Meeting 39th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting(PRISM): April 23-24, 2021.
Project: Hydrogen adsorption on Au-Supported Pt and Pd nanoislands: Insight from DFT calculations

2. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry(SURF-CTC) 2021 Symposium: August 11, 2021
Project: Nitrogen and Water Adsorption in CAU-23 and KMF-1 Metal-Organic Frameworks: A Classical Molecular Simulations Study.

3. CHEM-4999: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Departmental Talk
Spring 2020:Hydrogen adsorption on Pd3 and Pt3 supported on Au(111): Density Functional Calculations of Hydrogen Coverage Effects
Fall 2021: Application of Machine Learning to Study the Electrolyte Nanoparticle-Substrate Interface of Pd and Pt on Au(111)

1. Poster: Modeling Properties of Compositionally Tuned Cathodes: Insights from First-Principal Calculations
a) Summer Undergraduate Research Conference 2019, University of Iowa.
b) Student Research Symposium, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey: August-September 2019.


2021: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Computational Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry (SURF-CTC) hosted by the Chemical Theory Center (CTC) with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota

2020-2021: NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium Fellowship & Scholarship Program 2020-2021

2019-2020: "Fondo Institucional para el Desarrollo de la Investigacion"(FIDI) at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.