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Harry O. Finklea, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Research interests are in the area of energy conversion by electrochemical devices, particularly solid oxide fuel cells; desalination of produced water, extraction of critical materials from waste, and biofilm removal from orthopaedic implants by electrolysis.

ORISE Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV

Grants (co-PI)

OIA-1632892:  Improving Water Management, Treatment and Recovery in Oil and Gas Prodcution

DE FE 0031524:  At-Source Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Mine Drainage

DE-FOA-0001991: Produced Water and Waste Heat-aided Blowdown Water Treatment:  Using Chemical and Energy Synergisms for Value Creation


1.     Aqueous electrophoretic deposition of gadolinium doped ceria, Shanshan Hu, Wei Li, Wenyuan Li, Nan Zhang, He Qi, Harry Finklea, Xingbo Liu, Colloids and Surfaces A (2019), 579, 123717.

2.     A Study on the Electrophoretic Deposition of Gadolinium Doped Ceria on Polypyrrole Coated Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia, Shanshan Hu, Wei Li, Wenyuan Li, Nan Zhang, He Qi, Harry Finklea, Xingbo Liu, J. Coll. Interfac. Sci 2019, 555, 115-123.

3.     Investigation of LSM-YSZ Composite Cathode Performance Degradation with a Multistep Charge Transfer Model, Tao Yang, Jian Liu, Yinkai Lei, Wenyuan Li, Tian-Le Cheng, Harry Finklea, You-Hai Wen, Xingbo Liu, Harry W. Abernathy, Shiwoo Lee, Thomas L. Kalapos, and Gregory A. Hackett, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 166 (8) F448-F457 (2019).  DOI: 10.1149/2.0311908jes

4.     An efficient approach for prediction of Warburg-type resistance under working currents, Yang, Tao; Liu, Jian; Finklea, Harry; Lee, Shiwoo; Epting, Willam K.; Mahbub, Rubayyat; Hsu, Tim; Salvador, Paul A.; Abernathy, Harry W.; Hackett, Gregory A., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2018), 43(32), 15445-15456.

5.     Modeling of the oxygen reduction reaction for dense LSM thin films, Tao Yang, Jian Liu, Yang Yu, Yueh-Lin Lee, Harry Finklea, Xingbo Liu, Harry W. Abernathy and Gregory A. Hackett, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19(45), 30464-30472.

6.     Multi-Physics Simulation of SOFC Button Cell with Multi-Step Charge Transfer Model in Composite LSM/YSZ Cathode, Tao Yang, Jian Liu, Harry Finklea, Harry W. Abernathy, Gregory A. Hackett, ECS Transactions 2017, 78(1), 2699-2709.

7.     Chemical Analysis of Activation Process of LSM Thin Film Electrode, Y. Yu, J. Liu, H. Finklea, H. Abernathy, P. Ohodnicki, T. Kalapos, and G. Hackett, ECS Transactions 2017, 78(1), 701-708.

8.     The Electrochemical Performance of LSM with A-site Non-Stoichiometry under Cathodic Polarization, J. Liu, Y. Yu, T. Yang, O. Ozmen, H. Finklea, E. M. Sabolsky, H. Abernathy, P. R. Ohodnicki Jr., G. A. Hackett, ECS Transactions 2017, 78(1), 689-699.

9.     Counter Electrodes for Electrochemical Evaluation of LSM Electrodes under Polarization, H. O. Finklea, J. Liu, Y. Yu, M. Yan, H. Abernathy, D. Mersing, D. Keplinger, ECS Transactions 2017, 78(1), 677-688.

10.  Quantitative interpretation of impedance spectroscopy data on porous LSM electrodes using X-ray computed tomography and Bayesian model-based analysis, Brunello, Giuseppe F.; Epting, William K.; de Silva, Juwana; Salvador, Paul A.; Litster, Shawn; Finklea, Harry O.; Lee, Yueh-Lin; Gerdes, Kirk R.; Mebane, David S., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2017, 19(37), 25334-25345.

11.  Characterization and electrolytic cleaning of poly(methyl methacrylate) residues on transferred chemical vapor deposited graphene, Jianbo Sun, Harry O Finklea and Yuxin Liu, Nanotechnology 2017, 28(12), 125703 (9pp).

12.  Prediction of SOFC performance with or without experiments: a study on minimum requirements for experimental data, Yang, Tao; Sezer, Hayri; Celik, Ismail; Finklea, Harry; Gerdes, Kirk, International Journal of Electrochemical Science (2017), 12(7), 6801-6828.