Dr. John Van Zee

  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3010 NERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-6981
  • Fax: (205) 348-7558

Areas of Research

  • Fuel cells
  • Electrochemistry


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1984
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1982
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1975


Dr. Van Zee studies fuel cells with experimental and computational methods. He is interested in quantitatively determining measurable parameters that can be used to scale designs from laboratory-size reactors to full-scale fuel cells and batteries. In addition to fuel cells, Van Zee has studied the electrochemical engineering aspects of nickel electrode preparation, nitrate reduction for waste minimization, and hydrogen storage in fullerene-based nanotube materials. His accomplishments include a description of nickel-hydroxide precipitation at both planar and porous electrodes. His group has developed mathematical models that can be used by manufacturers of satellite batteries to insure that the uniform deposition, needed for long cycle life, has occurred.