Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Contact Info

Michael Gross

Assistant 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

Research Description

Description of Research
The Gross lab studies solid state materials, particularly mixed metal oxides, for electrochemical energy conversion applications. The various facets of this research include synthesis, structural characterization, and measurement of transport properties. Second, the Gross lab develops multifunctional ceramic composites for solid oxide fuel cell electrodes, including: computer modeling to simulate nanostructured composite morphologies and prediction of the resulting electrode properties, experimental synthesis and fabrication of predicted optimal composite systems, and electrochemical performance testing of prototype devices. Finally, Gross studies activity-level, or situational, student motivation in STEM courses with the goal of directly applying motivation theory and empirical research findings to practical course design. Teaching areas include Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics of Solid State Materials, and Green Technologies.

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).