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Dr. Alexander B. Papandrew

Research Assistant 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

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

C.R.I. Chisholm, D.A. Boysen, A.B. Papandrew, S.K. Zecevic, S.Y. Cha, K. Sasaki, A. Varga, K.P. Giapis, and S. Haile, From Laboratory Breakthrough to Technological Realization: The Development Path for Solid Acid Fuel Cells, Electrochemical Society Interface, 18, 53 (2009).

M. Lucas, A.B. Papandrew, B. Fultz, and M. Hu, Partial Phonon Densities of States of 57Fe in Fe-Cr: Analysis by a Local-order Cluster Expansion, Physical Review B, 75, 054307 (2007).

A.B. Papandrew, M. Lucas, R. Stevens, B. Fultz, I. Halevy, M. Hu, R.E. Cohen, and M. Somayazulu, Absence of Magnetism in HCP Iron-Nickel at 11 K, Physical Review Letters 97, 087202 (2006).

A.B. Papandrew, A.F. Yue, B. Fultz, I. Halevy, W. Sturhahn, T.S. Toellner, E.E. Alp, and H.K. Mao, Vibrational Modes in Nanocrystalline Iron Under High Pressure, Physical Review B 69, 144301 (2004).

A.F. Yue, A.B. Papandrew, O. Delaire, B. Fultz, Z. Chowdhuri, R. M. Dimeo, and D. A. Neumann, Vibrations of Micro-eV Energies in Nanocrystalline Microstructures, Physical Review Letters 93, 205501 (2004).

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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