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Derek Hall

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical Engineering

166 Energy and Environmental Lab




  • BS, Energy Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • Ph D, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2015


Journal Articles

  • Holkan Vazquez-Sanchez, Shashank S. Nagaraja, Nicholas R. Cross, Derek Hall and S. Mani Sarathy, 2023, "A techno-economic analysis of a thermally regenerative ammonia-based battery", Applied Energy, 347, pp. 121501
  • Nicholas R. Cross, Holkan Vazquez-Sanchez, Matthew J Rau, Serguei N Lvov, Michael A Hickner, Christopher A Gorski, Shashank S Nagaraja, S Mani Sarathy, Bruce E. Logan and Derek Hall, 2023, "Hydrocarbon-based membranes cost-effectively manage species transport and increase performance in thermally regenerative batteries", Electrochimica Acta, 467, (1), pp. 143090
  • Ridge M. Bachman, Ljubisa R Radovic and Derek Hall, 2023, "Computational Quantum Chemistry Insights into the Mechanism of VO2+ Reduction on Graphene-Based Electrodes", ChemSusChem, 16, (15), pp. e202300167
  • Nicholas R. Cross, Matthew J. Rau, Serguei N. Lvov, Christopher G. Gorski, Bruce E. Logan and Derek M. Hall, 2023, "System efficiency and power assessment of the all-aqueous copper thermally regenerative ammonia battery", Applied Energy, 339, pp. 120959
  • Timothy S. Duffy, Derek Hall and Serguei N. Lvov, 2023, "Increasing the lifespan of reference electrodes by increasing the diffusion length", Electrochimica Acta, 438, pp. 141562
  • Ridge M. Bachman, Derek Hall and Ljubisa R Radovic, 2023, "On the electrocatalytically active sites in graphene-based vanadium redox flow batteries", Carbon, 201, pp. 891-899
  • Lingling Gong, Nastaran Khodaparastasgarabad, Derek Hall and Jesse Greener, 2022, "A new angle to control concentration profiles at electroactive biofilm interfaces: Investigating a microfluidic perpendicular flow approach", Electrochimica Acta, 431, pp. 141071
  • Akash Ganesan, Tawanda Zimudzi, Vineeth Pothanamkandathil, Christopher Gorski and Derek Hall, 2022, "Spectroelectrochemical Examination of the Ferro-Ferricyanide Redox Reaction: Impacts of Electrode Thickness and Applied Potential", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 169, (10), pp. 106501
  • Derek Hall, Serguei Lvov and Isaac K. Gamwo, 2022, "Thermodynamic Modeling of Mineral Scaling in High-Temperature and High-Pressure Aqueous Environments", Liquids, 2, (4), pp. 303-317
  • Derek M. Hall, Ridge M. Bachman and Ljubisa R. Radovic, 2022, "Carbon materials in redox flow batteries: Challenges and opportunities", Carbon Reports, 1, (3), pp. 94-112
  • Le Shi, Xiangyu Bi, Evan Newcomer, Derek Hall, Christopher Gorski and Bruce E Logan, 2022, "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Analyses of Ion Intercalation/Deintercalation Using Different Temperatures on NiHCF Electrodes for Battery Electrode Deionization", Environmental Science and Technology, 56, (12), pp. 8932-8941
  • Nicholas R. Cross, Matthew Rau, Serguei Lvov, Christopher Gorski, Bruce E Logan and Derek Hall, 2022, "Power and energy capacity tradeoffs in an all-aqueous copper thermally regenerative ammonia battery", Journal of Power Sources, 531, pp. 231339
  • Le Shi, Xiangyu Bi, Evan Newcomer, Derek Hall, Christopher Gorski, Ahmed Galal and Bruce E Logan, 2022, "Co-precipitation synthesis control for sodium ion adsorption capacity and cycle life of copper hexacyanoferrate electrodes in battery electrode deionization", Chemical Engineering Journal, 435, pp. 135001
  • Yingchi Cheng, Derek Hall, Jonathan Boualavong, Robert Hickey, Serguei Lvov and Christopher Gorski, 2021, "Influence of Hydrotropes on the Solubilities and Diffusivities of Redox-Active Organic Compounds for Aqueous Flow Batteries", ACS Omega, 6, (45), pp. 30800-30810
  • Ruggero Rossi, Derek Hall, Le Shi, Nicholas R. Cross, Christopher Gorski, Michael A Hickner and Bruce E Logan, 2021, "Using a vapor-fed anode and saline catholyte to manage ion transport in a proton exchange membrane electrolyzer", Energy and Environmental Science, 14, (11), pp. 6041-6049
  • Renaldo Springer, Nicholas R. Cross, Serguei Lvov, Bruce E Logan, Christopher Gorski and Derek Hall, 2021, "An All-Aqueous Thermally Regenerative Ammonia Battery Chemistry Using Cu(I, II) Redox Reactions", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 168, (7), pp. 070523
  • Timothy S. Duffy, Derek Hall, Margaret Ziomek-Moroz and Serguei N Lvov, 2021, "Monitoring X65 Steel Internal Corrosion in Humidified N2-Containing H2S Using Membrane-Based Electrochemical Sensors", Corrosion, 77, (6), pp. 593-599
  • Nicholas R Cross, Derek Hall, Serguei N Lvov, Bruce E Logan and Matthew J. Rau, 2021, "The impact of fiber arrangement and advective transport in porous electrodes for silver-based thermally regenerated batteries", Electrochimica Acta, 388, pp. 138527
  • Derek Hall, Justin Grenier, Timothy S. Duffy and Serguei Lvov, 2020, "The Energy Storage Density of Redox Flow Battery Chemistries: A Thermodynamic Analysis", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 167, (11), pp. 110536
  • Le Shi, Ruggero Rossi, Moon Son, Derek Hall, Michael A Hickner, Christopher Gorski and Bruce E Logan, 2020, "Using reverse osmosis membranes to control ion transport during water electrolysis", Energy and Environmental Science, 13, (9), pp. 3138-3148
  • Ruggero Rossi, Derek Hall, Xu Wang, John M Regan and Bruce E Logan, 2020, "Quantifying the factors limiting performance and rates in microbial fuel cells using the electrode potential slope analysis combined with electrical impedance spectroscopy", Electrochimica Acta, 348, pp. 136330
  • Timothy S. Duffy, Balaji Raman, Derek Hall, Michael L. Machesky, Russell Taylor Johns and Serguei Lvov, 2019, "Experimentation and modeling of surface chemistry of the silica-water interface for low salinity waterflooding at elevated temperatures", Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 570, pp. 233-243
  • Derek Hall, Timothy Duffy, Margaret Ziomek-Moroz and Serguei Lvov, 2019, "Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and finite element analysis modeling of a 4-electrode humidity sensor for natural gas transportation pipelines", Review of Scientific Instruments, 90, (1)
  • Ruishu Feng, Justin R. Beck, Derek Hall, Aysel Buyuksagis, Margaret Ziomek-Moroz and Serguei Lvov, 2018, "Effects of CO2 and H2S on Corrosion of Martensitic Steels in Brines at Low Temperature", Corrosion, 74, (3), pp. 276-287
  • Serguei N. Lvov, Derek Hall, Andrei Bandura and Isaac K. Gamwo, 2018, "A semi-empirical molecular statistical thermodynamic model for calculating standard molar Gibbs energies of aqueous species above and below the critical point of water", Journal of Molecular Liquids, 270, pp. 62-73
  • Justin Beck, Derek M. Hall, Margaret Ziomek-Moroz and Serguei Lvov, 2017, "Membrane-coated electrochemical sensor for corrosion monitoring in natural gas pipelines", Sensors and Transducers, 214, (7), pp. 28
  • Balaji Raman, Derek Hall, Stephen J. Shulder, Michael Caravaggio and Serguei N. Lvov, 2016, "An experimental study of deposition of suspended magnetite in high temperature-high pressure boiler type environments", Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 508, pp. 48-56
  • Derek Hall, Justin R. Beck, Edward Brand, Margaret Ziomek-Moroz and Serguei N. Lvov, 2016, "Copper-Copper Sulfate Reference Electrode for Operating in High Temperature and High Pressure Aqueous Environments", Electrochimica Acta, 221, pp. 96-106
  • Derek Hall and Serguei N. Lvov, 2016, "Modeling a CuCl(aq)/HCl(aq) Electrolyzer using Thermodynamics and Electrochemical Kinetics", Electrochimica Acta, 190, pp. 1167-1174
  • Sanchit Khurana, Derek Hall, Rich Schatz and Serguei N. Lvov, 2015, "Effect of Clamping pressure and temperature on the performance of a CuCl(aq)/HCl(aq) electrolyzer", ECS Electrochemistry Letters, 4, (4), pp. F21
  • Derek Hall, Justin Beck and Serguei N. Lvov, 2015, "Electrochemical kinetics of the hydrogen reaction on platinum in concentrated HCl(aq)", Electrochemistry Communications, 57, pp. 74-77
  • Sanchit Khurana, Derek Hall, Rich S Schatz, Mark V. Fedkin and Serguei N. Lvov, 2015, "State-of-health of a CuCl electrolyzer during a 168-h test", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, (1), pp. 62-69
  • Derek Hall, Eric G. Larow, Rich S. Schatz, Justin R. Beck and Serguei N. Lvov, 2014, "Electrochemical kinetics of CuCl(aq)/HCl(aq) electrolyzer for hydrogen production via a Cu-Cl thermochemical cycle", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 162, (1), pp. F108
  • Derek Hall, Nicholay N. Akinfiev, Eric Larow, Rich Schatz and Serguei N. Lvov, 2014, "Thermodynamics and Efficiency of a CuCl(aq)/HCl(aq) Electrolyzer", Electrochimica Acta, 143, pp. 70-82
  • Divya Chandra, Caleb Conrad, Derek Hall, Nicholas Montebello, Andrew Weiner, Sarma Pisupati, Uday Turaga, Ghazal Izadi, Arun Ram Mohan and Derek Elsworth, 2012, "Pairing integrated gasification and enhanced geothermal systems (egs) in semiarid environments", Energy and Fuels, 26, (12), pp. 7378-7389

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