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Thomas Gennett

Senior Scientist

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(303) 384-6628

Thomas Gennett is currently a senior scientist at NREL and holds Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Materials Science status with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). At NREL, Dr. Gennett leads three distinct projects. One focuses on the mechanism of room temperature hydrogen adsorption for carbon based sorbents, the second on the development of advanced materials for direct methanol fuel cell anode catalysts, and the third on development of next generation transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) for photovoltaic applications. Previously, while a Professor at RIT, he was co-founder and director (2001–2003) of the highly successful NanoPower Research Laboratory. Dr. Gennett has had a strong collaboration with nanostructured materials and NCPV groups at NREL since 1998, coming to NREL on sabbatical in 1998 and 2005. His previous research with NREL focused on the use of pulsed laser vaporization to produce high purity single wall nanotubes, quantum dots, and other nanoscale materials. This work has made significant advances in the purification and derivatization of the carbon based nanostructured materials for hydrogen storage, battery anodes/cathodes, gas separations, and catalysts applications. In 2001, Thomas received the Biannual Inventor of the Year award at RIT for his work in carbon nanotube applications to energy storage and polymer composites. He retired from RIT after 18 years of service to join NREL in 2008 as a DOE Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence as the Hydrogen Spillover Research Cluster lead. Dr. Gennett received his B.A. (cum laude) in Chemistry from the State University College of New York at Potsdam and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, and conducted his postdoctoral studies at Purdue University.

Selected Publications 

  1. Harris, J.D.; Raffaelle, R.P.; Gennett, T.; Landi, B.J.; Hepp, A.F. "Growth of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by injection CVD using cyclopentadienyliron dicarbonyl dimer and cyclooctatetraene iron tricarbonyl." Materials Science and Engineering B. (116(3); p. 369–74.
  2. Landi, B.J.; Raffaelle, R.P.; Heben, M.J.; Alleman, J.L.; VanDerveer, W.; Gennett, T. (2005). "Development and characterization of single wall carbon nanotube—Nafion composite actuators." Materials Science and Engineering B. (116(3); pp. 359-362.
  3. Dillon, A.C.; Parilla, P.A.; Alleman, J.L.; Gennett, T.; Jones, K.M.; Heben, M.J. (2005). "Systematic Inclusion of Defects in Pure Carbon Single-wall Nanotubes and Their Effect on the Raman D-band." J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (401); p. 522–28.
  4. Morris, R.S.; Dixon, B.G.; Heben, M.J.; Raffaelle, R.; Gennett, T. (2004). "High-Energy, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Based on Carbon Nanotube Technology." J. Power Sources (138 (1-2); pp. 277-280.
  5. Liu, P.; Lee, S-H.; Yan, Y.; Gennett, T.; Landi, B.J.; Heben, M.J. (2004). "Electrochemical Transformation of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Nafion Composites." Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters (7(11); pp. A421-A424.

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