Dr. Jared Bruce

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 895-5733
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: chemistry and biochemistry
  • Research Fields: Surface Science, Photochemistry, Solar Fuels, Electrochemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Electrocatalysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Liquid Interfaces
  • Disciplines: Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NSF - National Science Foundation, UNLV - University of Nevada, Las Vegas


I believe that science should be fun. I will strive to create a diverse, supportive, and exciting research environment for young scientists to grow both as people and researchers as they complete their studies. I have high standards for the quality of the research output and expect those in my group to share this principle. As an individual, you will be celebrated for your accomplishments, supported in your failures, and respected in your decisions relating to your goals.

My hope is that when you leave my group, you will have with a deep appreciation and sense of pride in all that you have accomplished. Take that with you as you venture out into the world and make your corner of it the best it can be!


Photochemistry is central to many aspects of energy conversion, atmospheric chemistry, corrosion, and catalysis. The ability to drive chemical reactions selectively and efficiently on surfaces with light remains a significant challenge, as these transformations are often dependent on the structure and chemical nature of the material surface. Furthermore, as more complex, multi-component materials are used in photochemical applications, robust model systems are needed to understand how synergistic properties impact these transformations.

The Bruce Group focuses on processes related to the conversion of light to drive chemical reactions at different interfaces. Our group are world experts in surface chemistry using ultrahigh vacuum, near ambient pressure, and operando spectroscopy/microscopy techniques. This, coupled with electrochemical and photoelectrochemical characterization, enables a unique insight into photochemical conversions at gas-liquid, liquid-solid, and solid-gas interfaces.