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Peter N. Pintauro

H. Eugene McBrayer Chair of Chemical Engineering

Research:

In the Pintauro group, we use nanofiber electrospinning techniques to fabricate membranes and electrodes for electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices. Cation and anion exchange membranes, for hydrogen/air and alkaline fuel cells, electrodialysis separations, and redox flow batteries, are produced by electrospinning one or more polymer nanofibers and then processing the resulting mat into a dense and defect-free composite membrane. In some cases, the electrospun fibers are blends of two or more polymers. We also electrospin polymer/particle mixtures to create nanofiber electrode mats for fuel cells and batteries, where such electrodes exhibit excellent short-term and long-term performance.

Awards:

• Fellow, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014
• Fellow, the Electrochemical Society, 2010
• Inaugural H. Eugene McBrayer Professor of Chemical engineering, 2009
• Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering (Case Western Reserve University), 2004
• Outstanding Engineering Faculty Research Award, Tulane University, 2001

Selected Publications:

Electrospun and Cross-Linked Nanofiber Composite Anion Exchange Membranes. Park, AM; Turley, FE; Wycisk, RJ; Pintauro, PN, MACROMOLECULES, 47, 227-235 , (2014) View Abstract

Properties and Fuel Cell Performance of a Nanofiber Composite Membrane with 660 Equivalent Weight Perfluorosulfonic Acid. Ballengee, JB; Haugen, GM; Hamrock, SJ; Pintauro, PN, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 160, F429-F435 , (2013) View Abstract