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).


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).



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