Serguei LvovSerguei Lvov

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Research Areas:

Clean Fuels & Catalysis
Electrochemical Technology
Stationary Power
Sustainable Energy


Serguei N. Lvov is Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Electrochemical Technologies Program at the EMS Energy Institute of the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his tenure at Penn State he worked at St. Petersburg School of Mines and the Russian Academy of Science. His main area of research is electrochemistry and thermodynamics of aqueous systems under extreme environments such as elevated temperatures and pressures or high concentrated solutions. He has carried out an innovative work to develop high temperature/high pressure flow-through electrochemical techniques including potentiometric, electrochemical kinetics, corrosion and electrophoresis studies. He has developed an internationally accepted formulation for the self-ionization of water covering a wide range temperatures and densities. He is author of more than 180 papers, 6 book chapters, and 3 books. His recent book Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering was published by CRC Press in 2015.

Electrochemical Engineering Minors

Professor Lvov is the program officer for the Electrochemical Engineering undergraduate minor and Electrochemical Science and Engineering graduate minor. The electrochemical engineering minors are designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to achieve the following educational objectives: become valuable contributors in addressing society's clean energy needs and demands especially in the electrochemical power generation sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Education Background:

He received a D.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry at St. Petersburg State University of Russia in 1992. He was visiting scholar at the University of Venice (Italy), the University of Delaware (USA) and the National Centre for Scientific Research at Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France).

Research Interests:

• Electrochemical energy conversion and storage
• Electrochemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport
• Electrochemical catalysis and corrosion
• Thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and surface chemistry in high-temperature systems

Memberships & Committees:

• Working Group Chair for the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (2005-2009)
• Director of the U.S. Departments of Energy of a DOE-NETL Consortium (2008-2010)
• Organizer of two International Symposia in 2007 and 2010 by the Electrochemical Society
• Vice-Chairman of a Working Group at the International Association of the Properties of Water and Steam (
• Member of the American Chemical Society.
• Member of the Electrochemical Society.
• Member of the ASME Committee on "Water and Steam in Thermal Systems."
• Member of DOE Working Group on "High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells."
• Member of a Number of NSF Peer Review Panels.
• Member of Committee on "Natural Gas Fuel Cells for State Lands" in Pennsylvania.
• Program Coordinator of the EMS Energy Institute's Electrochemical Laboratory at Penn State.

Honors & Awards:

• Director of the EMS Energy Institute's Electrochemical Laboratory at Penn State (
• Director of DOE NERI Consortium on "Advanced Electrochemical Technologies for Hydrogen Production by Alternative Thermochemical Cycles"
• Member of a DOE Working Group on "High Temperature Proton Exchange Membranes"
• Member of the ASME Committee on "Water and Steam in Thermal Systems"
• Member of the Electrochemical Society
• 2008 EMS Energy Institute Research Achievement Award
• 2001 University of Toronto Distinguished Lecturers Award
• 1994 French Academy of Sciences Scholar Award
• 1993 NATO Guest Scholar Award
• 1993 University of Venice Scholar Award
• 1992 UNESCO Division of Basic Sciences Award
• 1991 Soros Foundation Scholar Award
• 1988 IREX Scholar Award


• EGEE 441 / Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals (a web class)
• EGEE 420 / Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (a web class)
• EGEE 442 / Electrochemical Methods (a web class)
• EGEE 436 / Modern Thermodynamics (a hybrid class)
• EME 407 / Electrochemical Energy Storage (a web class)
• EME 541 / Electrochemical Science and Engineering (a hybrid class)

Professor Lvov's teaching philosophy is based on promoting an Internet-based teaching capabilities, providing the course materials in accordance with the state-of-the-art developments in the discipline, utilizing laboratory computer simulations and lab videos for supporting the course materials, and applying an intense problem-solving teaching approach.