Michael Gross,

Michael GrossAssistant Professor

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University

M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2007-2013

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2013-2014



Office: 9C
(336) 758-4490
: grossmd@wfu.edu

Solid State Materials and Composites for Energy Applications

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology has the ability to efficiently convert a wide range of chemical energy sources directly into electrical energy. My research group studies the structure and performance of solid state materials as well as the design of multifunctional composites to achieve increased SOFC electrode performance, stability, and fuel flexibility. We manipulate with dopants, thermal energy, and chemical reductions and study the structural changes with a combination of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction measurements. Structural changes are also linked to changes in observed material and electrical. In addition to individual material synthesis and development, we utilize computational models to predict electrode composite morphologies and designs that result in optimized electrode performance. Our experimental composite work in the laboratory aimed at synthesizing and fabricating high performing composites is guided by our computer model predictions.

In addition to SOFC, we also characterize transport properties of lithium ion battery electrolytes and design solid state materials for thermal energy storage media in concentrating solar power applications.

Student Motivation

I conduct research to better understand student motivation and support student intrinsic motivation in the classroom. Motivations are tightly connected to outcomes such as self-efficacy, critical thinking, creativity, self-regulation, and pro-social behavior, goals that are identified as critical to the success of future STEM graduates. I believe that students’ dynamic motivational responses to short-term activities in the classroom can have a measurable long-term impact on these attributes. Because instructors’ practice most directly impacts classroom situations, I am particularly interested in translating findings to practice by developing tools that enable practitioners unfamiliar with motivation research to quickly begin understanding and harnessing the power of motivation to enhance the engagement and satisfaction experienced by their students.


2013 TMS Extraction and Processing Technology Award

2010 ASM Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award

Recent Publications

N. Siegel, M. Gross, C. Ho, T. Phan, J. Yuan, ‘Physical Properties of Solid Particle Thermal Energy Storage Media for Concentrating Solar Power Applications’, Energy Procedia, 49, 1015 (2014).

M. J. Synodis, C. L. Porter, N. M. Vo, A. J. L. Reszka, M. D. Gross, R. C. Snyder, ‘A Model to Predict Percolation Threshold and Effective Conductivity of Infiltrated Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells’, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 160, F1216 (2013).

K. Senevirathne, C. S. Day, M. D. Gross, A. Lachgar, N. A. W. Holzwarth, ‘A New Crystalline LiPON Electrolyte: Synthesis, Properties, and Electronic Structure’, Solid State Ionics, 233, 95 (2013).

N. M. Vo and M. D. Gross, ‘The Effect of Vanadium Deficiency on the Stability of Pd and Pt Catalysts in Lanthanum Strontium Vanadate Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes’, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 159, B641 (2012).

B. H. Smith and M. D. Gross, ‘A Highly Conductive Oxide Anode for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells’, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 14, B1 (2011).

B. H. Smith, W. C. Holler, M. D. Gross, ‘Electrical Properties and Redox Stability of Tantalum-doped Strontium Titanate for SOFC Anodes’, Solid State Ionics, 192, 383 (2011).