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About Salai C. Ammal

Heterogeneous Catalysis at Metal-Oxide Interfaces: This research focuses on enhancing our molecular understanding of heterogeneous catalysis at the three-phase boundary of a gas-phase, a reducible-oxide surface, and a noble metal cluster. We aim at identifying the unique activity and selectivity of these bifunctional catalysts for various reactions relevant to energy conversion.
Electrocatalysis in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Combined DFT and microkinetic modeling techniques are used to investigate the reaction kinetics of the electrochemical oxidation of fuels under anodic reaction conditions. Both, conventional Ni/YSZ cermet and novel perovskite oxides are investigated. Fundamental understanding of elementary reaction steps and kinetics of electrochemical reactions will permit the design and discovery of novel materials that are more tolerant to sulfur and carbon poisoning.


Present Research Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Heterogeneous Catalysis at Metal-Oxide Interfaces and Electrocatalysis in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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Honors and Awards

  • JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2001-2003
  • Japan Science and Technology (JST) Postdoctoral Research Scholarship, 2000, 1998-1999
  • National Predoctoral Research Fellowship and Lectureship by University Grants Commission (UGC), India, 1993-1998
  • Session chair at the ‘International Conference on Solid State Devices and Materials (1998)’, held in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Outstanding presentation award at the ‘International Conference on Molecular Association’, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India): March 18-20, 1996

Contact Information

Phone: (803) 777-9631
Fax: (803) 777-8265
Address: Swearingen Engineering Center
Room 2C18
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Chemical Engineering (42)