He has been a Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1999, starting as a post-doctoral researcher in 1994. Rod is the Los Alamos Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Vehicle Technologies Programs. He has worked on fuel cells for transportation at both Los Alamos and General Motors. He has 13 U.S. patents, authored over 100 papers related to fuel cell technology with over 8300 citations and an H-factor of 34. He has led projects on hydrogen production, water transport and PEM fuel cell durability. He was the Principal Investigator for the 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award, was awarded the 2005 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award for his team's work in fuel cell durability, received the U.S. Drive 2012 Tech Team Award for the Fuel Cell Technical Team, was recently selected as the 2014 winner of the Research Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society and PI for the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award. He received a 2016 DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual Merit Award for Fuel Cells. He is a member of the DOE/US Drive Fuel Cell Technical Team, and is co-chair of the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Durability Working Group and Director for the multi-lab consortium for Fuel Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD). As PI/co-PI, he has directed over $50M of funding at Los Alamos.
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He is a technical staff member at the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11) group. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in February 1997. His thesis titled "Characterization of Mixed-Conducting Barium Cerate-Based Perovskites for Potential Fuel Cell Applications" was awarded the S. J. Stein Prize for superior achievement in the field of new or unique materials in electronics. His current research interests include fuel cells, energy storage devices, and electrochemical gas sensors. He currently serves as a Thrust Area Leader for the Consortium on Fuel Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) and is PI on an energy storage project that develops non-aqueous flow batteries. He also serves as program manager for the DOE-EERE- Fuel Cell Technologies Office -hydrogen safety codes and standards sub program. He has led several projects at LANL funded by various agencies including, EERE-Fuel Cell Technologies office, ARPA-E, and EERE-Vehicle Technologies. He is the co-inventor on 6 US patents and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal and transaction papers, cited over 6000 times. His work has also been recognized through numerous awards including two R&D 100 awards in 1999 and 2017, the Scientific American’s top 50 Science and Technology achievements for 2003, the J.B Wagner Award of the High Temperature Materials Division of the Electrochemical Society in 2005 and the Sensor Division outstanding achievement award in 2016. He is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is currently serving as the technical editor in the area of Sensors and Measurement Sciences for the ECS Journals.
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