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Robert  Savinell

Robert Savinell

Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Robert F. Savinell received his BChe from Cleveland State University in 1973, and his MS (1974) and PhD (1977), both in chemical engineering from University of Pittsburgh. He was employed as a research engineer for Diamond Shamrock Corporation, then as a chemical engineering faculty member at the University of Akron (1979-1985) before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 1986. Professor Savinell was the director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at CWRU for ten years (1990-2000) and served as Dean of Engineering at CWRU for seven years (2000-2007). Professor Savinell has been engaged in electrochemical engineering research and development for forty years. Savinell’s research is directed at fundamental science and mechanistic issues of electrochemical processes; and at electrochemical technology systems and device design, development, modeling and optimization. His research has addressed applications for energy conversion, energy storage, sensing, and electrochemical materials extraction and synthesis. Savinell is the co-inventor of the PBI/PA water-less proton conducting membrane which was licensed to several companies, and now is the basis for several commercial products. This invention and related research stimulated a global research effort on high temperature membranes for PEM fuel cells.

Professor Savinell is the current Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

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