Department of Chemical Engineering


Jacob Jorné

University of California, PhD, 1972

201B Gavett Hall
(585) 275-4584


Selected Honors & Awards

Carl Wagner Memorial Award. The Electrochemical Society (1993)
Battery Research Award. The Electrochemical Society (1989)
Plenary Speaker, 50th Anniversary of Chemical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (1988)
Chemical Engineer of the Year, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Detroit Section (1979)


CHE 250: Separation Processes
CHE 279: Chemical Engineering Practice
CHE 258/458 Electrochemical Engineering and Fuel Cells 
CHE 282/482: Microelectronic Processing

Recent Publications

Liu, Y.; Ji, C.; Wu, W.; Jorne', J.; Gasteiger, H. A. “Effects of Catalyst Carbon Support on Proton Conduction and Cathode Performance in PEM Fuel Cells,” J. Electrochem. Soc2011158, B614-B621.

Liu, Y.; Jorne', J.; Gu, W. “Thin Shell Model for Proton Conduction in PEM Fuel Cell Cathodes,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 2010, 157, B1068-B1071.

Liu, Y.; Murphy, M. W.; Baker, D. R.; Gu, W.;Ji, C.; Jorne', J.; Gasteiger, H. A. “Proton Conduction in PEM Fuel Cell Cathodes,” I. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2009156, B970-B978. II. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2010157,B1154-B1162.

Thompson, E.L.; Capehart,W.; Fuller, T.; Jorne', J. “Freezing Effects in PEM Fuel cell: Proton Transport at Low Temperatures in Nafion Membranes Using DC Conductivity and Differential Scanning Calorimetry,”J. Electrochem. Soc. 2006153, A2351-A2362.

Jorne', J. “Transfer Number Approaching Unity in Nanocomposite Electrolytes,” Nano Letters 2006, 6, 2973-2976.

Research Interests

Electrochemistry; Energy Conversion & Storage; Fuel Cells; Flow Batteries; Lithium Batteries; Green Energy; Microelectronic Processing; Copper Electrodeposition; Reaction-Diffusion Interactions; Scaling Theory

Research Overview

Professor Jorne’s research deals with electrochemical energy conversion and storage, hydrogen fuel cells, lithium-air batteries and flow batteries. The rich interaction between chemical reactions and diffusion is his favorite subject. Green energy and energy conservation are the themes of his current research and interests. His Ph.D. thesis entitled “The Electrochemical Behavior of the Alkali Metals in Propylene Carbonate” led to the development of lithium and lithium ion batteries. He taught at Wayne State University from 1972 to 1982, and joined the University of Rochester in 1982. Currently his group collaborates with General Motors on the development of hydrogen PEM fuel cell for electric vehicles. His group also works on the research and development of zinc-redox flow battery for the storage of electrical energy and nano-charge transfer in the lithium-ion battery. He has taught courses in transport phenomena, separation processes, thermodynamics, semiconductors and microelectronics, and electrochemical engineering of batteries and fuel cells. He considers the teaching and mentoring of over thousand students to become productive chemical engineers as his most satisfying professional achievement. Jacob is married to Dr. Judith Love, and they have three sons: Ariel, Eli (and Becca) and Alex. His hobbies include painting, carpentry, politics and reading.