Dr. Gerardine (Gerri) Botte 
Russ Professor Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, OHIO

Dr. Botte is the Director of CEProTECH. Dr. Botte and members of her research group are working on projects in the areas of electrochemical engineering, power sources (advanced batteries), novel electrolyzers, sensors, flow batteries, numerical methods, mathematical modeling, materials science, and electro-catalysis. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research at OHIO. Dr. Botte has 115 publications (51 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, 16 granted patents, 29 pending patents, 11 peered-reviewed conference proceedings, and 3 reports/special publications) and has delivered over 190 presentations in international conferences. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of the World Technology Network. She is also the elected Chair of the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society. Dr. Botte has managed research and development programs representing over $10 million in support from a variety of sources and sponsors, including private, federal, and state funds. She has been involved in the scale up of several electrochemical technologies, their commercialization, and in the spin-off of companies. In 1994, Dr. Botte obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela, her native country.  She earned her Master of Engineering (1998) and PhD (2000) in Chemical Engineering both from the University of South Carolina. Before attending graduate school, Dr. Botte worked as a process engineer in a Petrochemical Complex where she was involved in the synthesis of fertilizers and polymers.

Below is a list of five publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. Ramasamy Palaniappan, David C. Ingramand Gerardine G. Botte, “Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Kinetics on Electrodeposited Pt-M (M= Ir, Ru, Rh, and Ni) Cathodes for Ammonia Electrolysis,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161 E1-E-11 (2014).
  2. Santosh Vijapur, Dan Wang, and Gerardine G. Botte, “Raw coal derived large area and transparent graphene films,” ECS Solid State Letters, 2, M45-M47 (2013).
  3. Vedasri Vedharathinam and Gerardine G. Botte, “Direct evidence of an EC′ mechanism for the electro-oxidation of urea on Ni(OH)2 catalyst in alkaline medium,” Electrochimica Acta, 108, 660-665 (2013).
  4. 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).
  5. Dan Wang, Wei Yan, Santosh Vijapur, and Gerardine G. Botte, “Enhanced Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Urea based on Nickel Hydroxide Nanoribbons,” Journal of Power Sources, 217, 498-502 (2012).


DaramolaDr. Damilola Daramola
Assistant Director for Technical Business Development, CEER, OHIO

Dr. Daramola builds and manages relationships between the Center and external entities through technical projects. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and 10 years of research experience encompassing molecular modeling, electrochemistry, and surface science for reaction mechanism elucidation, catalyst development and process simulations in energy generation applications. Dr. Daramola focuses on integrating project development and management with value proposition for both government and industrial partners. He has 4 peer-reviewed publications and over 17 presentations at national and international symposia including the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.

Below is a list of three publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. Damilola Daramola and Gerardine G. Botte, “Theoretical study of ammonia oxidation on platinum clusters – Adsorption of ammonia and water fragments,” Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 989, p7 (2012).
  2. Damilola Daramola, Deepika Singh and Gerardine G. Botte, “Dissociation Rates of Urea in the Presence of NiOOH Catalyst: A DFT Analysis,” Journal of Physical Chemistry A 114, p11513 (2010).
  3. Damilola Daramola, Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte, “Density Functional Theory Analysis of Raman Frequency Modes of Monoclinic Zirconium Oxide Using Gaussian Basis Sets and Isotopic Substitution,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114, p9323 (2010).


JadwisienczakDr. Wojciech Jadwisienczak 
Associate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OHIO

Dr. Jadwisienczak primarily focuses on fundamental properties of wide band gap semiconductors for optoelectronics. Specifically, he is involved with spectroscopy of III-nitrides doped with lanthanides. Recently, he initiated work on development of solid state deep UV light sources for germicidal applications an photo-chemistry of water.  Dr. Jadwisienczak received a M.S. degree in microelectronics from Nicolas Copernicus University, Poland in 1995 and a Ph.D. degree for the study of III-nitride semiconductors from Ohio University in 2001. Since 2001 he has been affiliated at different professorship ranks with the School of EECS in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University.  He is a member of American Physical Society, Materials Research Society (MRS) and Optical Society of America.  He has published more than 50 scientific papers and is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award, E‑MRS 2000, Strasbourg, France, the 2001 Smith Memorial Engineering Award, Ohio University, and the 2011 NSF CAREER award.

Below is a list of five publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. A. Khan, S. Khan, and W. M. Jadwisienczak, “One Step Growth of ZnO Nano-Tetrapods by Simple Thermal Evaporation Process: Structural and Optical Properties,” Scien. Adv. Mat., Vol. 2 572 (2010).
  2. W. M. Jadwisienczak, R. Palai, J. Wang, H. Tanaka , J. Wu, H. Huhtinen, and A. Anders, “Optical Activity of Ferromagnetic Ytterbium Doped III-Nitride Epilayers,” Phys. Stat. Sol. (c), Vol. 8 2185 (2010).
  3. W. M. Jadwisienczak, J. Wang, H. Tanaka, J. Wu, A. Rivera, R. Palai, H. Huhttinen, and A. Anders, “Optical and Magnetic Properties of GaN Epilayers Implanted with Ytterbium, J. of Rare Earth, Vol. 28 931 (2010).
  4. W. M. Jadwisienczak, K. Wisniewski, M. Spencer, T. Thomas, and D. Ingram, “Optical Properties, Luminescence Quenching Mechanism, and Radiation Hardness of Eu-doped GaN Red Powder Phosphor,” Radiation Measur., 45, 500-504 (2010).
  5. T. Koubaa, M. Dammak, M. Kammoun, W. M. Jadwisienczak, and H. J. Lozykowski, “Crystal Field and Zeeman parameters of Substitutional Yb3+ Ion in GaN,” J. Alloys and Compounds, Vol.496, 56–60 (2010).


KayaDr. Savas Kaya         
Associate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OHIO

Dr. Kaya is interested in nanomaterials, transport theory, nanoelectronic device modeling, biomolecular modeling in trans-membrane proteins, electrochemical and plasma based methods in nanofabrication, nanostructures and nanosensors for interdisciplinary applications. He earned his BSc in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 1992 from Istanbul Technical University.  Dr. Kaya obtained his PhD in 1998 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, for his work on strained Si quantum wells on vicinal substrates, following his MPhil in 1994 from the University of Cambridge. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow between 1998 and 2001, carrying out research in transport and scaling in high performance SiGe CMOS Devices and fluctuation phenomena in sub -50nm MOSFETs. He is currently with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Russ College of Engineering at Ohio University. He has served as Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellow from 2006 to 2008. He has over 45 journal papers and 65 conference proceedings. He was a member of the organizing committee for IWCE’7, 2000, IEEE Nanotech’6, 2006 and Program Committee’s for SPIE MNT 2010.

Below is a list of five publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. A P Nayak, T-C Lin, D Lam, S Kaya, M. S Islam, “UV and Oxygen Sensing Properties and Space Charge Limited Transport of Sonochemically Grown ZnO Nanowires”, submitted to Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, (2012).
  2. S Kaya, M. Nazzal, T Günay and P Ahmedzade, “Fundamental Characterization of Nano-Clay Asphalt Composites”, ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, in print, (2012).
  3. S Kaya and E Atar, “Electrochemically Grown Metallic Nanocomb Structures on Nanoporous Alumina Templates”, Appl. Phys Lett. vol.98, p.223105, (2011).
  4. W. M. Jadwisienczak, H. Tanaka, M. Kordesch, A. Khan, S. Kaya, R. V. Vuppuluri, “Studies of Ni and Co doped amorphous AlN for magneto-optical applications”, MRS Fall 2009, Boston, MA, USA.
  5. E Atar, R V Vuppuluri and S Kaya, “Growth of metallic nanowires on nanoporous alumina templates: Nanocomb Structures”, Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 7768, 77680S, (2010).



Dr. Madhivanan Muthuvel
Assistant Research Professor and Assistant Director for Operations, CEER, OHIO

Dr. Muthuvel focuses on developing efficient catalysts for the advanced electrosynthesis reactors and electrolyzers (ammonia and urea), constructing and optimizing lab-scale electrolyzer systems, electrochemical treatment of wastewater, and investigating new electrochemical energy storage systems. He also utilizes electro-analytical techniques to understand reaction mechanisms. Dr. Muthuvel received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia, specializing in electrochemical deposition of compound semiconductors under the supervision of Prof. John L. Stickney. He also holds a Masters degree (M.E.) in Environmental Engineering from Anna University, India, and a B.Tech. degree in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering from Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, India. Dr. Muthuvel has 13 publications, which includes 5 articles in the peer-reviewed journals and 3 book chapters. Dr. Muthuvel is a member of The Electrochemical Society and has also served as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry.

Below is a list of five publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. Gerardine G. Botte and Madhivanan Muthuvel, “Electrochemical Energy Storage: Applications, Processes, and Trends,” Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology, J. Kent, Editor, Springer, 1497-1539 (2012).
  2. Damilola Daramola, Madhivanan Muthuvel, and Gerardine G. Botte, “Density Functional Theory Analysis of Raman Frequency Modes of Monoclinic Zirconium Oxide Using Gaussian Basis Sets and Isotopic Substitution,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, 9323-9329 (2010).
  3. Madhivanan Muthuvel and Gerardine G. Botte, “Trends in Ammonia Electrolysis,” Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry, Series No. 45, R. E. White et al., Editors, p. 207, Springer, New York (2009).
  4. Madhivanan Muthuvel, Xin Jin and Gerardine G. Botte, “Direct Carbon Fuel Cells,” Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources, J. Garche et al., Editor(s)-in-Chief, p.158, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2009).
  5. Madhivanan Muthuvel and John L. Stickney, “CdTe Electrodeposition on InP (100) via Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy (EC-ALE): Studies using UHV-EC,” Langmuir, 22, 5504 (2006).


StaserDr. John A. Staser
Assistant Professor Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, OHIO

Dr. Staser is interested in design and analysis of electrochemical systems, especially focused on electrocatalysts and transport phenomena.  His efforts combine aspects of experimental work and mathematical modeling to gain better insight into system performance.  He is an active member of the Electrochemical Society, serving on the advisory board of Interface, the Society’s quarterly publication.  Dr. Staser received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (2005) and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (2009).  Before coming to Ohio University in 2013, Dr. Staser was an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

Below is a list of five publications relevant to the proposed research.

  1. John A. Staser, Maximilian B. Gorensek and John W. Weidner, “Quantifying Individual Potential Contributions of the Hybrid Sulfur Electrolyzer,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 157, B952 (2010).
  2. Jai Vishnuvarman Jayakumar, John Staser, Chang-Hee Kim, Simon G. Stone and John W. Weidner, “The Extraction of the Diffusion Coefficient and Solubility of Sulfur Dioxide in Bi-Layer Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, and Energy Conversion,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 159, F617 (2012).
  3. John A. Staser and John W. Weidner, “Effect of Water Transport on the Production of Sulfuric Acid in a PEM Electrolyzer,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 156, B16 (2009).
  4. John A. Staser and John W. Weidner, “Sulfur Dioxide Crossover During the Production of Hydrogen and Sulfuric Acid in a PEM Electrolyzer,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 156, B836 (2009).
  5. Jai Vishnuvarman Jayakumar, Alexander Gulledge, John A. Staser, Chang-Hee Kim, Brian C. Benicewicz and John W. Weidner, “Polybenzimidazole Membranes for Hydrogen and Sulfuric Acid Production in the Hybrid Sulfur Electrolyzer,” ECS Electrochemistry Letters, 1, F44 (2012).