Professor Ryan O’Hayre

Professor Ryan O’Hayre directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory at the Colorado School of Mines. His laboratory develops new materials and devices to enable alternative energy technologies including fuel cells and solar cells. Prof. O’Hayre is lead author of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, the world’s best-selling textbook on the subject of fuel cell science and technology (translated into both Chinese and Korean) and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field as well as several patents and book chapters. He has received several young-investigator research and teaching honors including the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2012-13), The ASM Bradley Staughton Award, 20011 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the US’s top honor for early-career scientists and engineers. He collaborates with a number of National Labs and international Universities, including the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak-Ridge National Laboratory, Risoe-DTU in Denmark, and DICP in China.

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Dr. Michael Sanders

Michael is a Research Assistant Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. He is currently researching advanced high temperature ceramics for use in solar energy capture and conversion applications. This includes thermochemical conversion of steam to hydrogen and direct storage of thermal and chemical energy. His other research interests include fuel cell development and multi-species ionic transport characterization and modeling. In addition to his own work, Michael has directed operation of the MME Thermal Analysis Lab since 2008. Leaning on a decade’s worth of previous experience as a graphic artist, he has had three journal covers published and provided graphics for two scientific textbooks. A Golden native, Dr. Sanders received his Ph.D. (’13) and M.S. (’09) in Materials Science, and his B.S. (’07) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

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Chris Cadigan

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • BS Chemistry from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 2005
  • MS Materials Science from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 2010
  • PhD Materials Science from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 2013

Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of electrically conductive calcium- aluminum-oxide materials

Funding Source: Department of Energy, Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-e)

Chuancheng Duan

Post-doctoral Researcher

  • BS Materials Science, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2013

Research Project: Low-Cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Flexible Protonic Ceramic and Fuel Cell Stack and Protonic Ceramics for Energy Storage and Electricity Generation with Ammonia

Funding Source: Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy – U.S. Department of Energy

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Graduate Students

Meagan Papac

PhD Candidate

  • BS Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Research Project: Triple conducting oxides for electrochemical energy conversion and storage

Funding Source: U.S. Army Research Office


Debora R. Barcellos

PhD “Design of Perovskites for Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production” Summer 2018

BS Chemical Engineering, Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil, 2011

Currently employed: R&D Scientist  at AGP Glass ~ Lima, Peru


Ann Demi

MS in “Progress toward an Ionic Field Effect Transistor”, 2010.

PhD in “Intrinsic bulk material properties as descriptors of oxygen vacancy formation energies”, 2014.

Currently teaching at University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines as an adjunct instructor.

Daniel Clark

MS in “Nanoionic Proton Conductivity Enhancement in Solid-State Reactive Sintered BaCe0.7Zr0.1Y0.1Yb0.1O3-δ” October 2012

PhD in “Understanding Proton-conducting Perovskite Interfaces Using Atom Probe Tomography”, 2015.

Currently co-employed with University of Oslo (UiO)  as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and CoorsTek Membrane Sciences as a Research Scientist/Project Manager.

Jason Fish

MS in “Continuum Modeling of Nanoionic Phenomena in Ceramics Composited with Metal Nanoparticles”, 2010.

PhD in “Investigation of Composite Perovskite Ceramic Hydrogen Separation Membranes”, 2014.

Currently working as a Materials Scientist/ Principal Investigator at Sporian Microsystems Inc.

Jennifer Nekuda

MS in “CuInSe2 Liquid Precursor Film Processing Techniques and Characterization”, 2006.

PhD in “Atmospheric Pressure Synthesis of CuInSe2 Thin Films from Liquid Precursors”, 2008.

Currently working as a Science Writer and Policy Consultant freelancer.

Robert Pasquarelli

MS in “Ultrasonic Spray Deposition of Amorphous Indium Zinc Oxide Thin-Films”, 2009.

PhD in “Solution Processing of Novel Transparent Conducting Oxide Thin-Film Materials”, 2012.

Currently working as a Research Scientist at Hamburg University of Technology in Germany.

Adam Welch

Post-doctoral research in “Synthesis and characterization of electrically conductive calcium- aluminum-oxide materials,” 2017.

Prakash Periasami

PhD in “Metal-Insulator-Metal Nano Diodes for Solar Energy Harvesting”, 2013.

Currently working as lead BEOL integrator/Device Owner for Metal-Insulator-Metal Capacitor Device, at Globalfoundries Inc.

Archana Periasami

MS in “Proton conducting Pervoskite Oxides”, 2011.

PhD in “Optimizing Cu2O based earth-abundant material system to achieve highest-efficiency thin-film solar cells”, 2014.

Currently working as unit process engineer for ALD TiO2 (BEOL and FEOL), 7nm node, at Globalfoundries Inc.