Dr. Jason D. Nicholas PhotoWelcome to the Nicholas Research Group at Michigan State University! We develop new and improved materials, processing routes, characterization techniques, and devices to better understand and preserve the Earth. Presently we are focused on a) high-performance Solid Oxide Fuel/Electrolysis Cell (SOC) electrodes, b) mechano-electro-chemical coupling in electro-chemically active solids, c) SOC seals/circuits/current collectors, and d) thin films for geologic and technological applications. In addition to this web site, you can learn more about our group on Google Scholar and ResearchGate. Thanks for your interest in our group!

Recent Group News

SOFC-XVIII March 2024- You are invited to attend Symposium I05 "Mechano-Electro-Chemical Coupling in Energy Related Materials and Devices 5" at the 245th Meeting of Electrochemical Society to be held May 29-30, 2024 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Nature Comm Earth Environment February 2024- Our new paper showing how thin films can be used as model systems to understand deep-Earth phase transformations was published in Springer-Nature's Communications Earth & Environment.
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PLD January 2024- Our new Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) system was installed! With conventional Pt-heater substrate temperatures up to 1000C, and even higher tempertures available with the optional laser heater, this system promises to allow us to produce a range of novel thin films with tailored grain size, film stress, grain orientation, and composition.
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SOFC-XVIII June 2023- At the SOFC–XVIII Conference in Boston, MA, USA we presented oral and/or poster presentations on 1) On-Board Sr Getters for Improved Solid Oxide Cell Durability, 2) Ag-Ni Brazes and Self-Assembled Circuits with Favorable Wetting Behavior, Electrical Performance, and Microstructural Stability on Ceramic and/or Stainless-Steel Substrates, and 3) Pt Current Collectors Artificially Boosting Ceria Oxygen Surface Exchange Coefficients.
Materialia May 2023- Our paper led by Robert Termuhlen of Dr. Hui-Chai Yu's group reviewing past imbibition models and showing how they can be modified to account for molten metal imbibition into a wettable porous network atop an unwettable substrate was published in Materialia.
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NSF April 2023- We are grateful for support from the Natioanl Science Foundation for our newest project: "Current-Collector-Optional Measurements to Quantify Precious Metal and Polarization Impacts on Oxygen Surface Exchange Coefficients". Thanks NSF!

March 2023- At the 2023 TMS Meeting in San Diego, our collaborator, PhD Candidate Robert Termuhlen from the group of Dr. Hui-Chia Yu, discussed how to model molten silver fluid flow into the porous nickel interlayers used in our Ag-Ni braze joints and electrical contacts. The title of his talk was "Diffuse Interface Technique to Simulate Fluid Flow and Characterize Complex Porous Media".

February 2023- Our paper led by Dr. Jiyun Park from Dr. Yue Qi's group computationally predicting the conditions under which surface Sr segregation occurs in the prototypical SOC oxygen electrode material Lanthanum Strontium Ferrite was published as a Cover Article in Surface Science.
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January 2023- At the 47th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Mr. Genzhi Hu presented an oral presentation on "Ag-Based Brazes with Built-In Aluminum Getters to Produce Dense, Strong, and Low-Resistance Electrical Contacts on Al2O3-Protected Stainless Steel." Prof. Nicholas also delivered an invited oral presentation on "Pt Current Collectors Artificially Boosting Praseodymium Doped Ceria Oxygen Surface Exchange Coefficients" describing work performed with Nicholas group members Yuxi Ma and Ted Burye.
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