Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Paul McGinn

Office:  178 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-6151


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Current Position
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Notre Dame
M.S., Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Notre Dame
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests
Professor McGinn's primary research interests are in the areas of the processing and properties of advanced materials. Current research programs are aimed at developing the processing tools and screening instrumentation for combinatorial materials development and discovery. The combinatorial approach to materials research employs parallel (or automated serial) processing to create large "libraries" of material compositions, followed by parallel (or automated serial) testing to characterize the compositions for a specific property of interest. Much of the potential of the combinatorial approach rests on the development of rapid means to screen libraries for a property of interest. Over the past several years his group has developed and put in place a wide range of automated processing and characterization tools for combinatorial research. These are being applied to develop new fuel cell electrocatalysts, proton conductors, and battery electrode materials, among other materials.

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. James S. Cooper, Paul J. McGinn “Combinatorial screening of fuel cell cathode catalyst compositions”, Applied Surface Science, 254 (2007) 662-668.
  2. Min Ku Jeon, Yuan Zhang and Paul J. McGinn “A comparative study of PtCo, PtCr, and PtCoCr catalysts for oxygen electro-reduction reaction” Electrochimica Acta, 55 (2010) 5318-5325.
  3. Ying Jin, Paul J. McGinn, “Al-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 Synthesized by a Polymerized Complex Method” Journal of Power Sources, 196 (2011) 8683-8687.
  4. Ying Jin, Paul J. McGinn, “Bulk solid state rechargeable lithium ion battery fabrication with Al-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 electrolyte” Electrochimica Acta, 89 (2013) 407-412.
  5. Ying Jin, Paul J. McGinn, “Li7La3Zr2O12 electrolyte stability in air and fabrication of a Li/ Li7La3Zr2O12/Cu0.1V2O5 solid-state battery” Journal of Power Sources, 239 (2013) 326-331.