Dr. John Haan, Chemistry

Education and Professional Positions

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2010
M.S., Chemical Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005
B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1999

Current Research Interests

The research in Dr. Haan’s lab is centered on using electrochemistry to solve energy and sensing challenges with applications in biomedicine, environmental science, and alternative energy.  The lab has developed a formate fuel cell that coverts potassium formate and air to energy in a manner more efficient than alcohol fuel cells.  The lab has also developed a device that converts dissolved carbon dioxide to formate that can then be converted into energy when needed; students are presently working to optimize this device.  Dr. Haan has an existing collaboration with Drs. Su Ha and Louis Scudiero at Washington State University in which the labs work together to develop and characterize metal catalysts that improve the efficiency of biofuel conversion to energy.  Dr. Haan also has a collaboration with Dr. Frank Gomez at California State University, Los Angeles, in which the labs have worked together to develop the first formate fuel cell on paper.  This fuel cell is designed to provide energy for paper microfluidic sensing devices with biomedical and environmental applications; students are presently working to optimize the fuel cell and develop new, paper-based sensors.

Selected Publications

  1. Hu, S., Munoz, F., Noborikawa, J., Haan, J., Scudiero, L., Ha, S., “Carbon supported Pd-based bimetallic and trimetallic catalyst for formic acid electrochemical oxidation,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 180, 2016, 758-765.
  2. Vo, T., Purohit, K., Nguyen, C., Biggs, B., Mayoral, S., Haan, J.L., “Formate: an energy storage and transport bridge between carbon dioxide and formate fuel cell in a single device,” ChemSusChem, 8 (22),2015, 3853-3858.
  3. Munoz, F., Hua, C., Kwong, T., Tran, L., Nguyen, T.Q., Haan, J.L., “Palladium-Copper Electrocatalyst for the Promotion of the Electrochemical Oxidation of Polyalcohol Fuels in the Alkaline Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 174, 2015, 323-328.
  4. Copenhaver, T. S.; Purohit, K. H.; Domalaon, K.; Pham, L.; Burgess, B. J.; Manorothkul, N.; Galvan, V., Sotez, S.; Gomez, F. A.; Haan, J. L., “A Microfluidic Direct Formate Fuel Cell on Paper”, Electrophoresis, 36, 2015, 1825-1829.
  5. Nguyen, T.Q., Minami D., Hua C., Miller, A., Tran, K., Haan, J.L.*, “Ambient-Temperature Operation of a Platinum-Free Direct Formate Fuel Cell,” Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 12(1), 2015, 14501-14504.
  6. Noborikawa, J., Lau, J., Ta, J., Hu, S., Scudiero, L., Derakhshan, S., Ha, S., Haan, J.L., “Palladium-Copper Electrocatalyst for Promotion of Oxidation of Formate and Ethanol in Alkaline Media,” Electrochimica Acta, 137, 2014, 654-660.
  7. Tran, K., Nguyen, T.Q., Bartrom, A.M., Sadiki, A., Haan, J.L., “A Fuel-Flexible Alkaline Direct Liquid Fuel Cell,” Fuel Cells, 14, 6, 2014, 834-841.
  8. Sadiki, A., Vo, P., Hu, S., Copenhaver, T.S., Scudiero, L., Ha, S., Haan, J.L., “Increased Electrochemical Oxidation Rate of Alcohols in Alkaline Media on Palladium Surfaces Electrochemically Modified by Antimony, Lead, and Tin,” Electrochimica Acta, 139, 2014, 302-307.
  9. Nguyen, T.Q., Bartrom, A.M., Tran, K., Haan, J.L., “Operation of the Alkaline Direct Formate Fuel Cell in the Absence of Added Hydroxide,” Fuel Cells, 13, 5, 2013, 922-926.
  10. Bartrom, A.M., Ta, J., Nguyen, T., Her, J., Donovan, A., Haan, J.L., “Optimization of an Anode Fabrication Method for the Alkaline Direct Formate Fuel Cell,” Journal of Power Sources, 229, 2013, 234-238.

Grants and Awards

Student Grants and Awards