Reuben Britto

Reuben Britto, Ph.D.

Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Menlo Park

Dr. Britto specializes in the analysis of a wide range of materials with applications in consumer electronics, energy, and catalysis. He has experience in the root cause analysis of mechanical, chemical, and electronic failure modes, including how they relate to consumer safety. He has extensive experience with materials characterization, using methods such as scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and optical microscopy to get to the client’s fundamental problem. He also has experience with programmatic automation and exploratory data analysis for modeling, visualization, and reporting.

Dr. Britto’s background is in chemical engineering and materials science. At Stanford University, his graduate research focused on designing, synthesizing, and characterizing novel thin film protective catalyst layers for semiconductor-based solar fuels devices. His thesis explored chalcogenide materials as both a protective layer and catalyst to facilitate the production of renewable fuels from sunlight. He has expertise in thin-film development, cleanroom synthesis, evaluation, and characterization. At ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE), Dr. Britto worked on developing a next generation zeolite transalkylation catalyst for cumene production using a high throughput screening method. He discovered and patented novel polyisopropylbenzene conversion selectivities among zeolite frameworks.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2019
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2019
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2017

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2013 – present

Publications

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2016 7 (11), 2044-2049.

Reuben J. Britto, James L. Young, Ye Yang, Myles A. Steiner, David T. LaFehr, Mathew Beard, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Interfacial Engineering of Gallium Indium Phosphide Photoelectrodes for Hydrogen Evolution with Precious Metal and Non-Precious Metal Based Catalysts. The Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2019, 7, 16821 – 16832.

Presentations

Reuben J. Britto, Will Knaeble, Mary van Nostrand, Jenna Walp, Nadya Hrycenko, Chris Oliveri, Ivy Johnson. High Throughput Screening of Catalysts for Transalkylation to Cumene. Oral talk, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Chalk Talk.

Reuben J. Britto, James L. Young, Ye Yang, Myles A. Steiner, David T. LaFehr, Mathew Beard, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Interfacial Engineering of Gallium Indium Phosphide Photoelectrodes for Hydrogen Evolution with Precious Metal and Non-Precious Metal Based Catalysts. Oral talk, American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2017 Conference.

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. Oral talk, Electrochemical Society Pacific Rim Meeting (ECS PRiME) 2016.

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. Oral talk, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual 2016 Conference.

Reuben J. Britto, Shu Hu, Nathan S. Lewis. Removing Copper Contamination from Silicon Microwire Solar Cells. Oral talk, Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring 2013 Conference.

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. Poster presentation, SUNCAT Industrial Affiliates Meeting 2016.

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. Poster presentation, Mason Lecture Poster Symposium 2016.

Reuben J. Britto, Jesse D. Benck, James L. Young, Christopher Hahn, Todd G. Deutsch, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Demonstrating the Transferability of MoS2 as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for GaInP2 Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes. Poster presentation, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual 2015 Conference.

Reuben J. Britto, Jakob Kibsgaard, Charlie Tsai, Tommy Hellstern, Jens Norskov, Thomas Jaramillo. The Effect of Sulfur Concentration on the Activity of Molybdenum Phosphosulfide, an Acid-Stable Earth-Abundant Catalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Poster presentation, Materials Research Society (MRS) Annual 2015 Conference.

Patents

US Patent 62/916,419: Production of Alkylaromatic Compounds, October 2019 (Peters AW, Knaeble WJ, Burton AW, Johnson ID, Oliveri CG, Britto RJ)

Prior Experience

Intern in Catalyst Technology, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, 2018

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2019
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2019
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2017

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2013 – present