Analysis and Simulation of Electrochemical Systems

This program includes the investigation of efficient and economical methods for electrochemical energy conversion and storage, development of mathematical models to predict the behavior of electrochemical systems and to identify important process parameters, and experimental verification of the completeness and accuracy of the models.

John Newman
Charles W. Tobias Chair of Electrochemistry
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California
Berkeley 94720-1462
phone: (510) 642-4063
fax (510) 642-4778

Email: newman (at) newman.cchem.berkeley.ed

Research Interests

Analysis and design of electrochemical systems. Measurement of transport and thermodynamic properties of electrochemical materials.


Ph.D. University of California, 1963.

M.S. University of California, 1962.

B.S. Northwestern University, 1960, with highest distinction.


1970- Professor of chemical engineering, University of California, Berkeley

1967-1970. Associate professor

1963-1967. Assistant professor

1978-. Faculty senior scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory 1963-1978. Principal investigator

Associate editor, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 1990-2000

Fall semester, 1973. Invited visiting professor, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin

Summers, 1965 and 1966. Research participant, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1958-1960. Co-op student, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Appointed Charles W. Tobias Chair in Electrochemistry, 2006.

Research Award of the Battery Division, 2004, of the Electrochemical Society.

Highly Cited Author, as identified by Thomson ISI.

Onsager Professor, 2002, Norweigan University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 1999

Excellence in Industrial Research Award, Northern California Section of the American Institute of
Chemical Engineers, 1999/2000

Fellow, since 1995, of the Electrochemical Society

Olin-Palladium Medal for 1991 of the Electrochemical Society.

Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching for 1990 of the Electrochemical Society.

David C. Grahame Award for 1985 of the Physical Electrochemistry Division of the Electrochemical Society.

Young Authors' Prize for 1969 of the Electrochemical Society (with W. R. Parrish) for the paper, "Current Distribution on a Plane Electrode below the Limiting Current."

Young Author's Prize for 1966 of the Electrochemical Society for the paper, "Current Distribution on a Rotating Disk below the Limiting Current."

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1961-1962.

Honor societies: Tau Beta Pi.

Courses Taught

Elementary fluid mechanics and heat transfer, unit operations laboratory, chemical engineering thermodynamics, graduate courses on transport phenomena, electrochemical systems, and theoretical methods in chemical engineering, and seminars on electrochemical, hydrodynamic, and interfacial phenomena and on advanced topics in transport phenomena. 


Analysis and design of electrochemical systems, with batteries and fuel cells receiving the most attention. I like to think that clarifying the proper governing physicochemical laws and their use in the formulation of problems has been an inspiration to others. Author of over 300 technical publications, numerous plenary and invited lectures, and the book Electrochemical Systems.