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Dr. Alexander B. Papandrew

Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Caltech: The Effects of High Pressure on the Vibrational and Magnetic Properties of Iron-based Materials

Brief Bio

Dr. Papandrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2006.  His dissertation research included nanoparticle synthesis, high pressure techniques, and neutron and x-ray scattering. In 2006, Dr. Papandrew joined Superprotonic, Inc. as a Senior Scientist where he led their research on development of advanced electrodes for solid acid fuel cells and designed software and components for fuel cell testing.  In 2010 Dr. Papandrew joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee and is investigating fuel cell catalysts, solid acid fuel cells, redox flow batteries, and other advanced materials for energy storage and conversion.

Research Areas

Solid acid fuel cells

Advanced synthesis routes for supported metal catalysts and nanocomposite electrodes

Non-precious-metal catalysts

Selected Awards and Honors

2007 NSLS Science Highlight for Absence of Magnetism in HCP Iron-Nickel at 11 K

2001 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

2000 Columbia University Francis B.F. Rhodes Prize

Professional Activities

Electrochemical Society Member

Materials Research Society Member

Selected Publications

R. W. Atkinson III, S. St. John, O. Dyck, K. A. Unocic, R. R. Unocic, C. S. Burke, J. Cisco, C. A. Rice, T. A. Zawodzinski and A. B. Papandrew, Supportless, Bismuth-Modified Palladium Nanotubes with Improved Activity and Stability for Formic Acid Oxidation, ACS Catalysis, 5, 5154 (2015) doi:10.1021/acscatal.5b01239

S. St. John, R. W. Atkinson III, R. R. Unocic, T. A. Zawodzinski, and A. B. Papandrew, Ruthenium-Alloy Electrocatalysts with Tunable Hydrogen Oxidation Kinetics in Alkaline Electrolyte, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 13481 (2015) doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b03284

R. W. Atkinson III, R. R. Unocic, K. A. Unocic, G. M. Veith, T. A. Zawodzinski, and A. B. Papandrew, Vapor Synthesis and Thermal Modification of Supportless Platinum-Ruthenium Nanotubes and Application as Methanol Electrooxidation Catalysts, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7, 10115 (2015) doi:10.1021/am508228b

A. B. Papandrew, R. W. Atkinson III, R. R. Unocic, and T. A. Zawodzinski, Ruthenium as a CO-Tolerant Hydrogen Oxidation Catalyst for Solid Acid Fuel Cells, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 3984 (2015) doi:10.1039/C4TA06451H

A. B. Papandrew, D. L. Wilson III, N. M. Cantillo, S. A. Hawks, R. W. Atkinson III, G. A. Goenaga, and T. A. Zawodzinski, Electrochemical Hydrogen Separation Via Solid Acid Membranes, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161, F679 (2014) doi:10.1149/2.078405jes

A. B. Papandrew and T. A. Zawodzinski, Nickel Catalysts for Hydrogen Evolution from CsH2PO4, Journal of Power Sources, 245, 171 (2014) doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.06.141

A. B. Papandrew, C. R. I. Chisholm, R. A. Elgammal, M. M. Ozer and S. K. Zecevic, Advanced Electrodes for Solid Acid Fuel Cells by Platinum Deposition on CsH2PO4, Chemistry of Materials, 23, 1659 (2011) doi:10.1021/cm101147y

Selected Patents

Calum Chisholm, Dane Boysen, Matt Hetterman, and Alex Papandrew “Determination of Ohmic Losses in Electrical Devices”, U.S. Patent #7,577,536


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Contact Dr. Papandrew

409C Science and Engineering Research Facility Bldg.
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Tel: (865) 974-9699


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