Dr. Robert F. Savinell

Dr. Savinell is the George S. Dively Professor of Engineering, director and principal investigator of the DOE Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage (BEES) research center, and a distinguished university professor. He is a recognized authority on electrochemical energy storage and conversion. His research is directed at fundamental science and engineering research for electrochemical systems and novel device design, development, and optimization. His interests have included batteries, electrolysis, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and water treatment.

Professors Savinell and Morton Litt of CWRU hold a patent for the PBI/acid polymer electrolyte, the first system capable of practical proton conductivity at temperatures above 100°C with low relative humidity. This ground-breaking work has provided the inspiration for world-wide activity in developing high temperature polymer electrolytes, and has been licensed to several large multi-national corporations.

After earning his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, he worked several years as a research scientist for the Diamond Shamrock Corporation. He then turned to academia, joining CWRU in 1986 as Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. He was appointed Dean of the Case School of Engineering in 2001. In 2007, Professor Savinell returned to the faculty of Chemical Engineering where he continues to pursue full-time his teaching and research interests.

Dr. Savinell has over 120 publications and seven patents in the electrochemical field. He is a former Director of the Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at CWRU, past Vice President of the International Society of Electrochemistry, and past chair of the Electrolytic and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society. He is former North American editor of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, and currently is the editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry.