Michael Hickner


Michael Hickner

Craig A. Rogerson Endowed Professor


The Hickner Research Group is focused on the synthesis and properties of ion-containing polymers, measurement of water-polymer interactions using spectroscopic techniques, additive manufacturing of polymer and composite materials, and the application of polymeric materials in energy and water treatment technologies. Our group has current projects with the Department of Energy on fuel cells and flow batteries and regularly works on federally-funded research at the intersection of materials and energy. 

Young Investigator Awards from ONR (2008) and ARO (2008)
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2008)
3M Non-tenured Faculty Grant (2009)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2010)
ACS PMSE Cooperative Research Award in Applied Polymer Science with NIST and DOW (2019)
Michigan Technological University, Chemical Engineering, B.S. 1999
Virginia Tech, Chemical Engineering, M.Eng. 2002
Virginia Tech, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. 2003
Salvatore, D. A., C. M. Gabardo, A. Reyes, C. P. O’Brien, S. Holdcroft, P. Pintauro, B. Bahar, M. Hickner, C. Bae, D. Sinton, E. H. Sargent, C. P. Berlinguette, “Designing anion exchange membranes for CO2 electrolysers,” Nature Energy 2021, 6 (4), 339-348.
Yan, Z., J. L. Hitt, Z. Zeng, M. A. Hickner, T. E. Mallouk, “Improving the efficiency of CO 2 electrolysis by using a bipolar membrane with a weak-acid cation exchange layer,” Nature Chemistry 2020, 1-8.
Zhu, L., X. Yu, X. Peng, T. J. Zimudzi, N. Saikia, M. T. Kwasny, Shaofei Song, Douglas I Kushner, Zhisheng Fu, Gregory N Tew, William E Mustain, Michael A Yandrasits, Michael A Hickner Poly (olefin)-Based Anion Exchange Membranes Prepared Using Ziegler–Natta Polymerization,” Macromolecules 2019, 52, 11, 4030-4041.
Capparelli, C., C. R. Fernandez Pulido, R. A. Wiencek, M. A. Hickner, “Resistance and Permselectivity of 3D Printed Micropatterned Anion Exchange Membranes,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11 (29), 26298-26306.