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Gerardine Botte

Director/ Russ Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research
STKR 165
botte@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.9670

Dr. Gerardine (Gerri) Botte became Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2009. Botte is the founder director of Ohio University’s CEER. Botte has become internationally known for the development Ammonia Electrolysis and Urea/Urine Electrolysis.

Botte is also an entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of E3 Clean Technologies Inc. E3 is a spin-off of Ohio University with the objective of commercializing and deploying Botte’s technologies. The company has received international attention regarding its innovative technologies used to clean water as well as diesel and power plant emissions.

Prior to joining Ohio University as an assistant professor in 2002, Dr. Botte was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Botte worked as a process engineer in a large petrochemical plant; she was involved in the production of fertilizers and polymers.

Dr. Botte's main research interests include electrochemical engineering, power sources (advanced batteries), novel electrolyzers, sensors, flow batteries, numerical methods, mathematical modeling, materials science, and electro-catalysis, electrochemical water remediation, electro-synthesis of petrochemicals, sensors, batteries, fuel cells, ammonia electrolysis and urea/urine electrolysis.


Research Interests: Electrochemical Engineering, Batteries, Fuel Cells, Urea/Urine Electrolysis

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2000. M.E. Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1998. B.S. Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela 1993.

Publications:

1. Wei Yan, Dan Wang, and Gerardine G. Botte, “Electrochemical Decomposition of Urea with Ni-based Catalysts,” in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2012.08.022, Applied Catalysis B, (2012).

2. Luis Diaz and Gerardine G. Botte, “Electrochemical Deammonification of Swine Wastewater,” in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ie3015022, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, (2012).

3. Bryan K. Boggs, Rebecca Lynne King, and Gerardine G. Botte, “Urea Electrolysis: Direct Hydrogen Production from Urine,” Chemical Communications, 2009, 4859-4861 (2009).

4. Bryan K. Boggs and Gerardine G. Botte, “On-board Hydrogen Storage and Production: An Application of Ammonia Electrolysis,” Journal of Power Sources, 192, 573-581 (2009).

5. Xin Jin and Gerardine G. Botte, “Feasibility of Hydrogen Production from Coal Electrolysis at Intermediate Temperatures,” Journal of Power Sources, 171, 826-834 (2007).

Patents:

1. Gerardine G. Botte, Electrolytic Cells and Methods for the Production of Ammonia and Hydrogen, U.S. Patent Notice of allowance 12/250,864 (2012).

2. Gerardine G. Botte, Electrochemical Cell for Oxidation of Ammonia and Ethanol (CP3), U.S. Patent No. 8,216,956 (2012).

3. Gerardine G. Botte, Pretreatment Method for the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures from Coal and Carbon Char, U.S. Patent No. 8,029,759 (2011).

4. Gerardine G. Botte, Electro-catalysts for the Oxidation of Ammonia in Alkaline Media, U.S. Patent No. 7,803,264 (2010).

5. Gerardine G. Botte, Matt Cooper, and Frederic Vitse. Electro-catalysts for the Oxidation of Ammonia in Alkaline Media, U.S. Patent No. 7,803,264 (2010).

Awards:

1. Russ Professor, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University

2. Marvin E. and Ann D. White Research Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, 2010

3. Marvin E. and Ann D. White Research Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, 2008

4. Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award, Ohio University 2006

5. Marvin E. and Ann D. White Research Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, 2006