Srikanth Gopalan, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Utah

phone: (617) 358-2297
email: sgopalan@bu.edu
office: 730 Commonwealth Avenue, EMA 210

Research Interests

Fuel cells * Chemical thermodynamics * Kinetics and transport phenomena to model the behavior of electrochemical systems

Professor Srikanth Gopalan conducts research in the areas of application of solid state electrochemistry to clean power generation. He is interested in the role of materials structure, point defect chemistry, microstructure, and interfaces on their electrical and transport properties.  Applications of interest include solid oxide fuel cells, hydrogen generation through membrane separation, electrochemical sensors and energy storage.

Current projects include: application of x-ray, spectroscopic, and electrochemical tools to unravel the cathodic processes in solid oxide fuel cells, application of a mixed ionic and electronic conducting membrane for high purity hydrogen generation, conversion of waste to hydrogen using a modified high temperature electrolysis process, and potentiometric sensors for sensing rare earth cations in aqueous media.

Selected Publications
  • J.Milshtein, S.Gopalan, S.N.Basu, and U.B.Pal, “Study of the Two-Step W/WO3 Solar to Fuel Conversion Cycle for Syngas Production”, Journal of Power Sources, 236, 95-102 (2013)
  • X.Guan, U.B.Pal, S.Gopalan, and A.C.Powell, “LSM (La0.8Sr0.2MnO3-δ) – Inconel Inert Anode Current Collector for for Solid Oxide Membrane (SOM) Electrolysis “, J.Electrochem.Soc., 160, F1179-F1186 (2013)
  • R. Haboury, U.B. Pal, P.A. Zink, S. Gopalan, and S.N. Basu, “Study of an Innovative Energy Storage and Recovery Concept based on the W/WO3 Redox Reaction: Part I. Kinetic Study and Modeling of the Tungsten Oxide Reduction Process”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B 43 (4), 1001-1010 (2012)
  • L.Miara, S.N.Basu, U.B.Pal, and S.Gopalan, “2D Numerical Model for Identification of Oxygen Reduction Reaction Mechanisms in Patterned Cathodes of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ”, J.Electrochem.Soc., 159 (8) F419-F425 (2012)
  • H.Wang, S.Gopalan, and U.B.Pal, “Hydrogen Generation and Separation Using Gd0.2 Ce0.8O1.9-δ – Gd0.08Sr0.88Ti0.95Al0.05O3±δ Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conducting Membranes”, Electrochimica Acta 56 (20) 6989– 6996 (2011)
  • L.Miara, J.N.Davis, S.Basu, U.B.Pal, and S.Gopalan, “Application of a State- Space Model to Patterned Cathodes of (La0.87Ca0.13)0.95MnO3″, J.Electrochem.Soc, 158 B1523 (2011)
  • S.Pati, S.Gopalan, and U.B.Pal, “A Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolyzer for Production of Hydrogen and Syn-Gas from Steam and Hydrocarbon Waste in a Single Step”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (1) 152-159 (2011)
  • L.F.J.Piper, A.R.H.Preston, S.-W.Cho, A.DeMasi, B.Chen, J.Laverock, K.E.Smith, L.J.Miara, J.N.Davis, S.N.Basu, U.Pal, S.Gopalan, L.Saraf, T.Kaspar, A.Y.Matsuura, P.-A.Glans, and J.-H.Guo, “Soft X-Ray Spectroscopic Study of Dense Strontium-Doped Lanthanum Manganite Cathodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications”, J.Electrochem.Soc, 158 (2) B99-B105 (2011)