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  • CEProTECH will hold its Industry Advisory Board Meeting on May 7 and 8 at CEProTECH, 182 Mill Street, Athens, Ohio.

  • The Center for Electrochemical Processes and Technology (CEProTECH) has been awarded center status by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read the article "NSF creates industry electrochemical research at OHIO" for details.

  • Dr. Gerardine Botte received the Outstanding Faculty Innovation award given by TechGROWTH Ohio at the Innovation Awards gala on March 18, 2014 at the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom.  Visit www.ohio.edu/research/communications/innovationawards14.cfm for more details.

    Botte Innovation Award
  • National Science on Screen presents Soylent Green with Dr. Gerardine Botte Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Athena Cinema on Court Street, Athens.  Admission is free.  Science on Screen pairs films with science and technology experts to highlight the rich and varied connections between science, technology, and film.  Visit athenacinema.com/national-science-on-screen-night-soylent-green-with-russ-professor-gerri-botte/ for more information.

  • CEER hosted 23 student visitors from Trimble High School on Monday, March 17, 2014.  The students toured the Center and learned about CEER's on-going research.

  • Luis Diaz-Aldana successfully defended his dissertation on "Mathematical Modeling of Ammonia Electro-Oxidation on Polycrystalline Pt Deposited Electrodes.” Congratulations Dr. Diaz(February 2014)
  • Welcome to Dr. Omar Movil-Cabrera who joins CEER, from the University of Puerto-Rico, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate under Dr. John Staser
  • Wei Yan has successfully defended his dissertation on "Nickel-based Catalysts for Urea Electro-oxidation." Congratulations Dr. Yan (January 2014)
  • Welcome to Hamed Bateni, who joins CEER as a PhD candidate (January 2014)
  • Congratulations to Vedasri Vedharathinam, the 2014 winner of the IEEE Student Achievement Award of the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society. Vedasri is the second student at CEER to receive this award (November 2013)
  • Congratulations to Vedasri Vedharathinam and Santosh Vijapur, who were offered travel grant from the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division and High Temperature Materials Divisions respectively, to attend the upcoming Electrochemical Society conference (September 2013)
  • We would like to welcome Dr. John Staser to the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research. John is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University and will be affiliated with the Center's activities (August 2013)
  • Several abstracts (presenting authors in bold) were accepted for presentation for the upcoming National Conferences of the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, both taking place in San Francisco (July 2013)
    1. Effect of bubbles coverage in gas evolving rotating disk electrodes by Luis Diaz, Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte (ECS)
    2. Deammonification of Wastewater through Ammonia Electrolysis by Ali Estejab, Luis Diaz and Gerardine G. Botte (ECS)
    3. Ammonia synthesis from urea using an electrochemical approach by Fei Lu, Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte (ECS)
    4. Investigation of potential oscillations during the electro-oxidation of urea on Ni catalyst in alkaline medium by Vedasri Vedharathinam and Gerardine G. Botte (ECS)
    5. Coal derived graphene - Pt nanocomposites for hydrogen production via ammonia electro-oxidation by Santosh H. Vijapur, Dan Wang and Gerardine G. Botte (ECS)
    6. Kinetics Studies for Ammonia Electro-oxidation on Pt Deposited Electrodes by Luis Diaz, Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte (AIChE)
    7. Mathematical Model of Parallel Plate Alkaline Water Electrolyzers by Ali Estejab, Damilola A. Daramola and Gerardine G. Botte (AIChE)
  • The Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research is moving from 166 Stocker Center to 182 Mill Street. This move will increase the research space from 5,500 ft2 to 20,000 ft2 (May 2013).
  • Congratulations to 1st place winner: Luis Diaz Aldana and 2nd place winners: Vedasri Vedharathinam and Santosh Vijapur at the Ohio University Student Expo (April 2013)
  • Congratulations to Arthur Gildea on successfully defending his thesis proposal on "Self-Supporting Tin Oxide/ Graphene Electrode for Lithium Ion Batteries" (April 2013)
  • Watch the video showing the operation of a urea electrolyzer for the production of hydrogen and clean water using synthetic urine

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  • A paper by Luis A. Diaz, Ana Valenzuela-Muniz, Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Analysis of Ammonia Electro-oxidation Kinetics Using a Rotating Disk Electrode" has been accepted for publication by Electrochimica Acta (November 2012).

  • A paper by Dan Wang, Wei Yan, Santosh H. Vijapur and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Electrochemically reduced graphene oxide-nickel nanocomposites for urea electrolysis" has been accepted for publication by Electrochimica Acta (November 2012).

  • A paper by Santosh H. Vijapur, Dan Wang and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "The growth of transparent amorphous carbon thin films from coal" has been accepted for publication by Carbon (November 2012).

  • A paper by Ramasamy Palaniappan and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Efficacy of Potassium Poly(Acrylate) Gel Electrolyte as a Substitute to Aqueous Electrolytes for Alkaline Ammonia Electrolysis" has been accepted for publication by Electrochimica Acta (October 2012).

  • Congratulations to Wei Yan on winning the Student Achievement Award from the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society! The winner of this award is given a scroll and a prize of $1,000 (October 2012).
  • The CEER Industry Advisory Board Meeting will be held on October 26, 2012 in 233 Baker Center.  The Center once again welcomes its Board members to Athens (October 2012).

  • The ECS Student Chapter will be sponsoring an educational outreach program at a high school in Honolulu on Wednesday, October 10.  The students will have the opportunity to learn about fuel cell cars and participate in a competition (October 2012).

  • Aloha!  CEER students are headed to the Electrochemical Society Pacific Rim Meeting (PRIME) in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 6.  Dr. Gerardine Botte, Chair of the IEEE Division, will see everyone at the student mixer (October 2012).

  • CEER had the pleasure of hosting representatives from YSI Incorporated for a day on September 21, 2012 (September 2012). 

  • CEER welcomes four new students for the Fall Semester.  Joe Amlung, a senior majoring in Chemistry, and Andrew Miller, a junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will join the research group as PACE students.  Rebecca Curry, a junior, and Leigh Ann Tumblin, a freshman, both majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will join the group to complete independent research studies programs (September 2012).

  • A paper by Alex Miller, Brian Hassler and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Rhodium electrodeposition on nickel electrodes used for urea electrolysis" has been accepted for publication by Journal of Applied Electrochemistry (September 2012).
  • A paper by Luis A. Diaz and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Electrochemical deammonification of synthetic swine wastewater" has been accepted for publication by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (September 2012).

  • A paper by Wei Yan, Dan Wang and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Electrochemical decomposition of urea with Ni-based catalysts" has been accepted for publication by Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (August 2012).

  • Bahar Moradi Ghadi has joined the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research as a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (August 2012).

  • Arthur Gildea received an $800 travel grant and 1 year paid student membership from the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society to attend the 222nd Electrochemical Society meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii (August 2012).

  • Professor Gerardine G. Botte was invited to speak at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Her invited talk was on "Electrochemical Technologies for the Production of Hydrogen from Alternative Sources"
  • A paper by Vedasri Vedharathinam and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Understanding the electro-catalytic oxidation mechanism of urea on nickel electrodes in alkaline medium" has been accepted for publication by Electrochimica Acta.

  • A paper by Dan Wang, Wei Yan, Santosh Vijapur and Gerardine G. Botte entitled "Enhanced electrocatalytic oxidation of urea based on nickel hydroxide nanoribbons" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Power Sources.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Damilola Daramola on receiving his Doctorate degree from Ohio University.

  • An article titled Jump-Starting the Hydrogen Economy was published by Access Magazine through the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).  The news article summarized fundamental and applied research performed at CEER related to the ammonia electrolysis using platinum.

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Species formed during ammonia conversion on platinum

  • 7 abstracts were submitted for the upcoming American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference in Pittsburgh (October 28 - November 2 2012):

    • Electrochemical Urea Sensor (Poster)
    • Electrochemical reduced graphene oxide-nickel nanocomposites for hydrogen production from urea electrolysis (Oral)
    • Application of novel spectroscopy methods in electrochemical studies (Poster)
    • Computer Simulation of water and ammonia electrolysis (Poster)
    • Investigation of Ammonia Oxidation on the Platinum Surface for Hydrogen Generation (Oral)
    • On the adsorption of Thiol Molecules on a Nickel Catalyst: A Theoretical Approach (Oral)
    • Effect of Nickel Surface Structure on Urea Electrolysis: An Experimental Study (Oral)
  • Russ Professor Gerardine Botte presented on Denitrification of wastewater through ammonia electrolysis at the 7th Transdisciplinary Research conference in Puerto Rico on May 3 2012.

  • Ana Valenzuela-Muniz and Vedasri Vedarathinam were present and participated at the 36th Annual Women in Science and Engineering.

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Ana (left) and Veda (right) setting up the clean energy car demonstration

  • Congratulations to 1st place winners: Vedasri Vedarathinam, Wei Yan and Lingchong Mai and 2nd place winner: Ali Estejab at the Ohio University Student Expo on May 3 2012.

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Wei Yan pictured with his poster at the Student Expo

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  • Congratulations to Professor Gerardine Botte for being awarded a Russ Professorship. This is a five-year professorship with an annual salary supplement as well as a travel budget.

  • Research conducted in the CEER was presented at the recently completed 219th ECS Meeting in Las Vegas (five posters and six oral presentations)

  • The Columbus Dispatch recently visited the EERL and wrote a news article about the research being performed

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