E. Caglan Kumbur is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory at Drexel University. He earned his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2002. He received his MS and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Prior to joining Drexel, he was a Research Associate at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kumbur’s research is in the field of electrochemical system, in particular flow-assisted electrochemical systems, for energy storage/conversion and water purification applications. His research interests include materials design and characterization, transport phenomena, performance diagnostics and computational modeling of flow batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors and capacitive deionization systems for water purification. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER) Award and the Drexel College of Engineering Outstanding Early-Career Research Award. Dr. Kumbur has co-authored numerous publications, including peer-reviewed technical articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and patent applications and is co-editor of a book on PEM fuel cells. He was listed in the World’s Top High Impact Scientists Report published by Stanford University based on the citations that he received for his studies. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Electrochemical Society, and International Association for Hydrogen Energy and has served as the Secretary of International Association for Hydrogen Energy. He currently serves as the Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
Degrees / Education
- PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, 2007
- MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, 2006
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2002
Electrochemical systems for energy conversion/storage and water purification, flowable electrodes, flow batteries, supercapacitors, capacitive deionization, fuel cells, transport phenomena, system design and diagnostics.
Areas of Study
- Listed in World’s Top High Impact Scientists Report published by Stanford University
- NSF CAREER Award
- College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, Drexel University
- Distinguished Service Award, Philadelphia Alliance of Minority Participation
- Cover Article in Advanced Energy Materials
- Honors List, METU
- Singh, P. Akuzum, B., Shuck, C. E., Pal, K., Gogotsi, Y., and Kumbur, E. C., 2021, “MXene-based suspension electrode with improved energy density for electrochemical flow capacitors,” Journal of Power Sources, vol. 506, 2021, pp. 230187.
- Mizrak, A.V., S. Uzun, B. Akuzum, L. Agartan, Y. Gogotsi, and E.C. Kumbur, 2021, Two-Dimensional MXene Modified Electrodes for Improved Anodic Performance in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 168(9): p. 090518.
- Akuzum, B., Singh, P., Eichfeld, D. A., Agartan, L., Uzun, S., Gogotsi, Y., and Kumbur, E. C., 2020, “Percolation characteristics of conductive additives for capacitive flowable (semi-solid) electrodes,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(5), 5866-5875.
- Agartan, L., Hantanasirisakul, K., Buczek, S., Akuzum, B., Mahmoud, K. A., Anasori, B., Gogotsi, Y., and Kumbur, E. C., 2020, “Influence of operating conditions on the desalination performance of a symmetric pre-conditioned Ti3C2Tx-MXene membrane capacitive deionization system,” Desalination, 477, 114267.
- Agartan, L., Hayes-Oberst, B., Byles, B., Akuzum, B., Pomerantseva, E., and Kumbur, E. C., 2019, “Influence of operating conditions and cathode parameters on desalination performance of hybrid CDI systems,” Desalination, 452, 1-8.
- Akuzum, B., Maleski, K., Anasori, B., Lelyukh, P., Alvarez, N.J., Kumbur, E.C. and Gogotsi, Y., 2018, “Rheological Characteristics of 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene) Dispersions: A Guide for Processing MXenes.” ACS Nano, 12(3), pp.2685-2694.
- Akuzum, B., Agartan, L., Locco, J. and Kumbur, E.C., 2017, “Effects of particle dispersion and slurry preparation protocol on electrochemical performance of capacitive flowable electrodes. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 47(3), pp.369-380.
- Boettcher, P., Agar, E., Dennison, C. R., and Kumbur, E. C., 2016, "Modeling of ion crossover in vanadium redox flow batteries: a computationally-efficient lumped parameter approach for extended cycling", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, vol. 163(1), A5244-A5252.
- Dennison, C. R., Agar, E., Akuzum, B., and Kumbur., E. C., 2016, "Enhancing mass transport in redox flow batteries by tailoring flow field and electrode design.", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, vol. 163 (1), A5163-A5169.
- Dennison, C. R., Beidaghi, M., Hatzell, K. B., Campos, J. W., Gogotsi, Y., and Kumbur, E. C., 2014, “Effects of flow cell design on charge percolation and storage in the carbon slurry electrodes of electrochemical flow capacitors,” Journal of Power Sources, vol. 247, pp. 489-496.
- Dennison, C. R., Gogotsi, Y., and Kumbur, E. C., 2014, “In-situ distributed diagnostics of flowable electrode systems: resolving spatial and temporal limitations,” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 16, 18241-18252.
- Mayrhuber, I., Dennison, C. R., Kalra, V., and Kumbur, E. C., 2014, “Laser-perforated carbon paper electrodes for improved mass-transport in high power density vanadium redox flow batteries,” Journal of Power Sources, vol. 260, pp. 251-258.
- Presser, V., Dennison, C. R., Compos, J., Knehr, K. W., Kumbur E. C., and Gogotsi, Y. 2012, "The electrochemical flow capacitor: a new concept for rapid energy recovery and delivery," Advanced Energy Materials, doi: 10.1002/aenm.201100768.
- Knehr, K. W., Agar, E., Dennison, C. R., Kalidindi, A. R., and Kumbur, E. C., 2012, "A transient vanadium flow battery model incorporating species crossover and water transport in the membrane," Journal of Electrochemical Society, vol. 159, (9) pp. A1446-A1459.