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August 6, 2017: Barnett Group Party and tennis matches!

June 16, 2017:
Calvin Ng (B.S.) graduated and began working for Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, IL.

June 12, 2017:
Alexia Popescu (Niles West H.S.) joined the group.

May 7, 2017:
Barnett Group finishes in 2nd place out of 22 groups at the 1st annual MSSA 5K! Congratulations to the team of Matthew Lu, Yvonne Chart, Alex Furlong, Xiankai Yu, Kunli Yang, Marysol Encarnación, Travis Schmauss, Hongqian Wang, and Qinyuan Liu!

March 29, 2017:
Yvonne Chart (B.S. student) joined the group.

February 21, 2017:
Dr. Shanlin Zhang (Visiting Researcher) joined the group.

December 14, 2016:
Kuan-Hua Chiu (M.S.) graduated and began working for Angstron Materials in Dayton, Ohio.

December 10, 2016:
Justin G. Railsback successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Performance and Durability of Oxygen Electrodes for Reversible Solid Oxide Cells.” Justin became a post-doc in the Barnett group afterwards.

November 29, 2016:
Koichi Hamamoto returned to Japan.

October 2016:
Travis Schmauss (Ph.D. student) joined the group.

September 20, 2016:
Kevin Zhao successfully defended his M.S. thesis.

August 29, 2016:
Patrick Duffy successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis.

June 17, 2016:
Undergraduates Danielle Butts, Rebecca Glaser, and Yifan Sun graduated.

January 1, 2016:
Kuan-Hua Chiu joined the group.

October 23, 2015:
Maxwell Dylla (Co-advised with Professor Jeff Snyder) and Matthew Lu joined the group.

September 1, 2015:
Qinyuan Liu joined the group.

August 26, 2015:
Elizabeth Miller successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis “Synthesis, Characterization, and Optimization of Novel Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes”.

June 29, 2015:
S. Jensen,C. Graves, M. Mogensen, C. Wendel,R. Braun, G. Hughes, Z. Gao, and S. Barnett published “Large-Scale Electricity Storage Utilizing Reversible Solid Oxide Cells Combined with Underground Storage of CO2 and CH4” in Energy and Environmental Science (Accepted)

April 29, 2015:
David Kennouche successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “The Evolution of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Nickel-Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Anodes Studied Using Electrochemical and Three-Dimensional Microstructural Characterizations”.

March 31, 2015:
Zhan Gao, Victor Zenou, David Kennouche, Laurence D Marks and Scott Barnett published “Solid oxide cells with zirconia/ceria Bi-Layer electrolytes fabricated by reduced temperature firing” in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

January 27, 2015:
Kyle Yakal-Kremski left the group to pursue post-doctoral work at NASA in Washington DC.

January 12, 2015:
Kyle Yakal-Kremski successfully defended his PhD thesis “Evaluation of Electrochemical Performance and Degradation of SOFC Cathodes by 3D FIB-SEM”.

December 2, 2014:
Ann Call successfully defends her dissertation “Performance and structural evolution of nano-scale infiltrated solid oxide fuel cells cathodes”.

November 4, 2014:
Gareth Hughes successfully defends his dissertation “Improving the Efficiency and Durability of Reversible Solid Oxide Cells for Energy Storage”

October 2014:
Xiankai Yu (1st Graduate student) joined the Barnett Research Group.

October 2013:
Hongqian Wang (1st Graduate student) joined the Barnett Research Group.

August 4, 2013:
The Barnett group summer BBQ!
Barnett BBQ 2013

April 17, 2013:
Justin Railsback was named a ISEN Cluster Fellow.

April 8, 2013:
Kyle Yakal-Kremski, Beth Miller, and David Kennouche arrived in Denmark to join Prof. Scott Barnett for a 1 month on-site collaboration at the Risø campus of the Danish Technical University.

February 26. 2013:
Prof. Scott Barnett arrived in Denmark for a 4 month sabatical at the Risø campus of the Danish Technical University.

November 10, 2012:
Justin Railsback joined the Barnett Research Group.

August 21, 2012:
Scott Cronin successfully defends his dissertation “Three-Dimensional Structure Combined with Electrochemical Performance Analysis for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes.”

February 28, 2012:
Ann Call arrived in Germany for a 4 month on-site collaboration at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

October 28, 2011:
David Kennouche joined the Barnett Research Group.

September 24, 2011:
The Barnett group BBQ!
Barnett Group BBQ 2011

June 12, 2011:
Scott Cronin and Kyle Yakal-Kremski arrived in Denmark for a 1 month on-site collaboration at Risø Danish Technical University.

April 4, 2011:
David Bierschenk successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Regenerative and Fuel Flexible Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.”

December 23, 2010:
Jake Haag won the Best Christmas Attire award at the AFRL holiday lunch, breaking a tie for first place by winning a one-on-one dance competition.

November 23, 2010:
Megna Shah successfully defends her dissertation entitled “An Experimental and Computational Study of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes.”

October 28, 2010:
Elizabeth Miller joined the Barnett Research Group with a DOE NNSA SSGF Fellowship.

July 9, 2010:
Blake Stevens successfully defends his dissertation “Novel Thin Film Transparent Conducting Oxides Deposited by DC Reactive Magnetron Sputtering.”

April 22, 2010:
“Scott Barnett Researches Fuel Cells to Make Fossil Fuels More Efficient”
January 4, 2010:
Jason Nicholas begins his tenure as an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department at Michigan State University.

November 10, 2009:
Blake Stevens presented a talk titled “Dual magnetron oblique sputtering of biaxially oriented ZnO thin films on amorphous substrates” at the 56th AVS Conference in San Jose, CA.

October 4-9, 2009:
Eleventh International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XI) in Vienna, Austria.

James Wilson, David Bierschenk, and Jason Nicholas present at SOFC-XI in Vienna Austria.
Left to right: James Wilson, Mae Kobsiriphat, Justin Scott, David Bierschenk

October, 2009:
Blake Stevens spent October 2009 in Sweden at Linkoping University to start a collaboration with the Plasma Research Group.

September 20-25, 2009:
Blake Stevens presented a poster at the International Conference of Advanced Materials in Rio de Janeiro. Titled: “Dual magnetron oblique sputtering of biaxially oriented ZnO thin films on amorphous substrates.”

Celebrating beachside on the last day of the conference. Left to Right: Adney Luis Anjos da Silva (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Blake, Jeremy Graham (University of Virginia), Nilo Kim (Unicamp) and Felipe Loureiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

September 15-25, 2009:
Blake Stevens attends the Workshop to Foster US-Brazilian Research Collaboration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 15-26th, 2009.

Left to Right: Mahin Shahlari (Missouri University of S&T), Linsey Goodman (Georgia Tech), Blake, Dave Cullen (Arizona State), and Michelle Gabriele (University of Pittsburg)

September 13, 2009:
Barnett group BBQ.

September 9, 2009:
The Barnett Group watches a White Sox ball game to celebrate Hongbo Gao’s year with the Barnett Group.

Barnett Group Sox Game
Left to right: Scott Cronin, Hongbo Gao, Dr. James Wilson, Blake Stevens, David Bierschenk, Megna Shah, Joann Barnett, Scott Barnett, Oath Muangnapoh, Dr. Jason Nicholas, Gareth Hughes
August 23, 2009:
Barnett Group summer beach party.
June 28 – July 3, 2009:
Dr. James Wilson presents “Three-Dimensional Microstructure of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Materials” and Dr. Jason Nicholas presents “Effect of Infiltrate Structure and Composition on SOFC Cathode Polarization Resistance” at the 17th Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI) in Toronto, Canada.

April 22, 2009:
Scott Cronin presents a talk entitled “3-D Reconstruction of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes” for the tri-annual DOE-BES Review of Argonne’s Electron Microscopy Center.

March 17, 2009:
James Wilson presents a talk (for Scott Barnett in absentia) entitled “Solid oxide fuel cell research at Northwestern University” at the inaugural Northwestern-Argonne Workshop on Energy Demand, held at the Allen Center at Northwestern University.

View the video here.

Feb-March, 2009:
Scott Barnett spends a month in Singapore at the Nanyang Technological University as a guest professor, researching possible collaborations and working on a new SOFC book with Professor San Ping Jiang.

January 19-23, 2009:
Scott Cronin, Megna Shah, David Bierschenk, James Wilson, and Scott Barnett attend the 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics in Daytona Beach, Florida. The titles and first authors of the talks are listed below:
Scott Cronin – “Quantitative Microstructural Analysis of Ni Coarsening in Ni-YSZ Anodes”

Megna Shah – “Polarization Resistance of Infiltrated LSCF-GDC Cathodes: Effect of Surface Area”

David Bierschenk – “Operation of Oxide-Anode Solid Oxide Fuel Cells on Simulated Coal Gas”

James Wilson – “Structural and Electrochemical Characterization of LSM-YSZ Cathodes with Varying Composition”

Scott Cronin, Megna Shah, David Bierschenk, Scott Barnett, and James Wilson (Photographer) discussing silicates at ACERS 2009.
December 8, 2008:
James Wilson successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Quantitative three-dimensional analysis of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes using focused ion beam – scanning electron microscopy.”

December 1-5, 2008:
Blake Stevens presents “DC Reactive Sputtering, Annealing, and Characterization of CuAlO2 Delafossite Thin Films” at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 29, 2008:
David Cohen successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Improved Transparent Conducting Oxides Through Modulation-Doped ZnO/ZnMgO Thin Films.”

Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2008:
Jason Nicholas, James Wilson, and Scott Barnett attend the 32nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics in Daytona Beach, Florida. James gives a talk entitled “Composite Electrode Microstructure Studied by Focused Ion Beam – Scanning Electron Microscopy.”

November 16, 2007:
Mae Kobsiriphat successfully defends her dissertation entitled “Ceramic Anode Materials with Nanoscale Electrocatalysts for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.”

September 24-28, 2007:
James Wilson presents the poster “Three-dimensional reconstruction of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes,” at the Frontiers of Electron Microscopy in Materials Science (FEMMS) Conference in Sonoma, California.

September 16-20, 2007:
David Bierschenk, Megna Shah, and Blake Stevens present at the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) Conference in Detroit, Michigan.

David Bierschenk, Megna Shah and Blake Stevens enjoying Detroit at the 2007 MS&T conference.

August, 2007:
The Barnett group, alumni, and friends enjoy the annual summer cookout at the Barnett’s house.

Barnett group, alumni, and friends at summer 2007 cookout.

June, 2007:
Scott Barnett travels China giving lectures on SOFCs as a guest of former group member and now professor at South China University, Jiang Liu.

Scott Barnett and Jiang Liu, a former group member now on the faculty at South China University, visiting the Great Wall.

June 3-7, 2007:
James Wilson, Mae Kobsiriphat, Manoj Pillai, and Scott Barnett attend the Tenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-X) in Nara, Japan. James presents a talk entitled “Three-dimensional reconstruction of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes using focused ion beam – scanning electron microscopy.”

James Wilson (left), Scott Barnett, and Manoj Pillai enjoying the city of Nara, Japan, while attending the Tenth International Conference on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

February 8, 2007:
Yuanbo Lin successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Direct Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Their Related Applications.”