Dominic Gervasio
Don Gervasio
(520) 621-4870
Associate Professor


Don Gervasio graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and has over 25 years of experience in academia and industry in electrochemistry involving the making and application of new materials for ion conduction, homogeneous, heterogeneous and electrode catalysis, hydrogen storage and generation, super capacitors, batteries, fuel cells and corrosion. Don joined the Department in 2009.


New materials, their stability and corrosion properties for concentrated solar power (CSP). Electrolytes for DC power supplies such as fuel cells, batteries and capacitors. Non-platinum catalysts for conventional and bio fuel cells.


1. “Stability of Hastelloys in Molten Metal-Chloride Heat-transfer Fluids for Concentrated Solar Power Applications”, K. Vignarooban, P. Pugazhendhi, C. Tucker, D. Gervasio and A.M. Kannan, submitted to Solar Energy, Ms. Ref. No.: SE-D-13-00784.

2. “Silicon Electroplating for Solar Cells and Thin Film Transistors”, Dominic F. Gervasio, Olgierd Palusinski, Chapter5, in Nanoscale Applications for Information and Energy Systems, eds. A. Korkin and D. Lockwood, Springer, 2013.

3. “Pre-oxidized and nitrided stainless steel alloy foil for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates. Part 2: Single-cell fuel cell evaluation of stamped plates”, Toops, T.J., Brady, M.P., Tortorelli, P.F., Pihl, J.A., Estevez, F., Connors, D., Garzon, F., Rockward, T., Gervasio, D., Mylan, W., Kosaraju, S.H., Journal of Power Sources. volume 195, issue 17 (2010), pp. 5619 – 5627

4. “Synthetic Models of Copper Proteins for BioFuel Cell Applications”, Dominic Gervasio, in Nanostructure Science and Technology 2010, Springer, New York, Anatoli Korkin, Predrag S. Krstić, Jack C. Wells, Editors, Nanotechnology for Electronics, Photonics, and Renewable Energy, ISBN: 978-1-4419-7234-7 (Print) 978-1-4419-7454-9 (Online), pp. 245-270.

5. “Fuel Cells with Neat Proton-Conducting Salt Electrolytes”, D. Gervasio, chapter 11, pp. 371-394 (2010) in FUEL CELL SCIENCE THEORY, FUNDAMENTALS, AND BIOCATALYSIS, Andrzej Wieckowski, Jens K. Nørskov, Eds.

6. “Approach to Developing a Multi-Disciplinary University Fuel Cell Program”, D. F. Gervasio,  in Electrochemical Transactions,  17, 685 (2009)

7. “Self Assembled Monolayer (SAM) of Metallomacrocycle as a Synthetic Cathode Catalyst for a Hybrid Bio-fuel-cell”, Gervasio Dominic, Thomson Jeffery, Electrochemical Transactions 10.1149/1.3036211 (2008).

8. “A Flourinated Ionic Liquid as a High-Performance Fuel Cell Electrolyte”,

 Jeffery Thomson, Patrick Dunn, Lisa Holmes, Jean-Philippe Belieres, Charles Angell, and Dominic Gervasio, ECS Trans. 13 (28), 21 (2008)

9. “PEMFC Gas Diffusion layers” (MS 225), D. Gervasio, in Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power-sources, Elsevier, Dyer, Moseley, Ogumi, Rand, Scrosati, Editors, ISBN : 9780444520937 (2009).

10. “Fuel Cells: Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells and Direct Alcohol New materials” (MS247), D. Gervasio,  in Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power-sources, Elsevier Publishing Co., Dyer, Moseley, Ogumi, Rand, Scrosati, Editors, ISBN : 9780444520937 (2009).

11.  “Template-Synthesized Cobalt Porphyrin/Polypyrrole Nanocomposite and Its Electrocatalysis for Oxygen Reduction in Neutral Medium”, Q. Zhou, Chang Ming Li, Jun Li, X. Cui, and Don Gervasio. J. Phys. Chem.C, 111, 11216-11222 (2007).


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