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Serguei Lvov

Serguei Lvov

Office Address: 
207 Hosler Building
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

  • Electrochemical energy conversion and storage
  • Electrochemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport
  • Electrochemical catalysis and corrosion
  • Thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and surface chemistry in high-temperature systems
Courses Taught: 
  • EGEE 441 / Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals (a web class)
  • EGEE 420 / Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (a web class)
  • EGEE 442 / Electrochemical Methods (a web class)
  • EGEE 436 / Modern Thermodynamics (a hybrid class)
  • EME 407 / Electrochemical Energy Storage (a web class)
  • EME 541 / Electrochemical Science and Engineering (a hybrid class)
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


Serguei N. Lvov is Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Electrochemical Technologies Program at the EMS Energy Institute of the Pennsylvania State University. He received a D.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry at St. Petersburg State University of Russia in 1992. Prior to his tenure at Penn State he worked at St. Petersburg School of Mines and the Russian Academy of Science. He was visiting scholar at the University of Venice (Italy), the University of Delaware (USA) and the National Centre for Scientific Research at Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France). His main area of research is electrochemistry and thermodynamics of aqueous systems under extreme environments such as elevated temperatures and pressures or high concentrated solutions. He has carried out an innovative work to develop high temperature/high pressure flow-through electrochemical techniques including potentiometric, electrochemical kinetics, corrosion and electrophoresis studies. He is an expert in electrochemical energy conversion systems such as fuel/electrolytic cells and batteries. He has developed an internationally accepted formulation for the self-ionization of water covering a wide range of temperatures and densities. He is author of more than 180 papers, 6 book chapters, and 3 books. His recent book Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering was published by CRC Press in 2015.

Recent Activities: 

Electrochemical Engineering Minors

Professor Lvov is the program officer for the Electrochemical Engineering undergraduate minor and Electrochemical Science and Engineering graduate minor. The electrochemical engineering minors are designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to achieve the following educational objectives: become valuable contributors in addressing society's clean energy needs and demands especially in the electrochemical power generation sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. More information about the minors and their course requirements can be found here: undergraduate minor and graduate minor.

  • Hall D.M, Beck J.R. and Lvov S.N, Electrochemical kinetics of the hydrogen reaction on platinum in concentrated HCl(aq), Electrochem. Commun., 57, 2015, 74-77.  
  • Hall D.M and Lvov S.N, Modeling a CuCl(aq)/HCl(aq) Electrolyzer using Thermodynamics and Electrochemical Kinetics, Electrochim. Acta, 190, 2016, 1667-1174.  
  • Schatz R.S., Nieto A., Dogruoz C., and Lvov S.N., Using modern battery systems in light duty mining vehicles, International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 29, 2015, 243-265.
  • Khurana S. LaBarbera M. Fedkin M.V., Lvov S.N., Abernathy H., and Gerdes K., Performance evaluation of a liquid tin anode solid oxide fuel cell operating under hydrogen, argon and coal, J. of Power Sources, 274, 2015, p. 1049-1054.  
  • Hall D.M, Beck J.R. E. Brand, Ziomek-Moroz M., and Lvov S.N, Copper-Copper Sulfate Reference Electrode for Operating in High Temperature and High Pressure Aqueous Environments, Electrochim. Acta, 221, 2016, 96-106. 
  • Feng R., Beck J.R., Ziomek-Moroz M., and Lvov S.N, Electrochemical Corrosion of Ultra-high Strength Carbon Steel in Alkaline Brines Containing Hydrogen Sulfide, Electrochim. Acta, 212, 2016, 998-1009. 
  • Raman B, Hall D.M., Shulder S.J., Caravaggio M.F. and  Lvov S.N, An experimental study of deposition of suspended magnetite in high temperature-high pressure boiler type environments, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 508, 2016, 48-56. 
  • Zhao H., Fedkin M.V., Dilmore R.M., and Lvov S.N. Carbon dioxide solubility in aqueous solutions of sodium chloride at geological conditions: Experimental results at 323.15, 373.15, and 423.15 K and 150 bar and modeling up to 573.15 K and 2000 bar, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 149, 2015, 165-189.  
  • Lvov S. L. and Harvey A.H., Ionization Constant of Water, In "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics", Ed. W.M. Haynes, 96th Ed., 2015-2016 p. 5-70.
  • Zhao H. and Lvov S.N., Phase behavior of the CO2-H2O system at temperatures 273- 623 K and pressures 0.1-200 MPa using Peng–Robinson-Stryjek-Vera equation of state with modified Wong-Sandler Mixing Rule, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 417, 2016, 96-108