Stanko R. Brankovic
Dr. Stanko R. Brankovic
Associate Professor
Office Location: N308 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4409 | Fax: 713-743-4444
Email: SRBrankovic [at] uh [dot] edu


BSE Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia
PhD Science and Engineering of Materials, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Professional Experience: 

Seagate Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001-2005
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, 1999-2001


ECE 1331 Computer Problem Solving
ECE 2300 Electrical Circuits
ECE 6397 Electrochemical Nanofabrication Technology
ECE 6348 Material Science of Thin Films
ECE 5397/6397 Introduction to Nanoscale Design and Eng.
CHEE 6397 Experimental Methods in Chemical Engineering
ECE 1100 Introduction in Electrical Engineering
ECE 6312 Fundamentals of Ferromagnetic Materials
ECE 6397 Alternative Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Systems
ECE 5321 Design and Fabrication of Nanoscale Devices

Awards & Honors: 

Chair, Materials Science Divisioin, International Society of Electrochemistry, 2015-present
The Faculty Early Career Development Award , National Science Foundation, 2010
University of Houston Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Houston, 2010
Cullen College of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award, Cullen College of Eng. Univ. of Houston, 2009
Secretary of the executive committee, Electrodepostion Division, The Electrochemical Society, 2012-present
Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences Student Fellow, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993-1994
Paja S. Tutundzic Foundation Student Fellow, College of Technology and Metallurgy, Univ. of Belgrade, 1992-1994

Editorial Boards: 

Nanotechnology, Science and Applications
Electrochimica Acta

Research Interests: 

Electrocatalysis: The research in this area explores the fundamental advantages and limitations of the monolayer catalyst concept for design of highly active fuel cell anodes/cathodes. Our interest is centered to develop a better understanding of the effects of substrate (electronic effect and epitaxial strain) and the monolayer morphology on catalyst monolayer activity. The evaluation of these effects in different electrochemical reactions is one of the primary goals.Thebroader interest is to address the stability of monolayer catalystsand to identify the fundamental processes that are important for the catalyst monolayer morphology change, redistribution and longevity in particular electrochemical reactions.

Sensors: The research in this area is focused on electrochemical interface as the natural transducer for sensing of different phenomena including, organic adsorption, DNA, protein sensing, gene recognition, bio-separation etc….The current efforts that are pursued in our group are the work on ultrasound sensor design using the high surface/volume ratio electrodes as the ultrasound transducers and the studies of phase separated magnetic/nonmagnetic nano-materials as the magnetic field sensors.

Electrochemical Material Science and Nanofabrication: The research interests in this area include the studies of different processes occurring at the electrochemical interface like organic adsorption, de-alloying, deposition, etching, oxidation, electropolishing etc..in order to form organized hetero-epitaxial metal and oxide nanostructures, functional surfaces, and materials with different properties and applications. The current work in this area pursed in our group involves the studies of organic phase and hydroxide incorporation into magnetic matrix during electrodeposition process and its effects on deposit morphology, corrosion properties, magnetic properties and stress evolution. In addition, the current work in our group is focused on studying and modeling the surface morphology evolution during electropolishing, studies of nucleation and growth of 2D monolayers using surface limited red-ox displacement reaction and self organization and nano-structuring of 2D deposits.

Corrosion: The current studies in this area are focused on evaluating the effects of additive incorporation on corrosion properties of electrodeposited magnetic alloys. The corrosion of binary alloys is also an active topic of research in our group as a part of the general approach to design functional nano-materials for sensor applications.

Funded Research: 

Finite Size Effects on Electrosorption Properties of Monolayer Catalysts, S.R. Brankovic (PI), Grant to Enhance and Advance Research, University of Houston, ($29,116), 06/01/2013-05/30/2014.
Strained Annealing for Cu Grain Growth in sub-50 nm Interconnect, S. R. Brankovic (PI-100%), Semiconductor Research Corporation 2012-IN-2339, ($76,000), 09/01/2012-08/31/2013.
Electrochemical Nanofabrication-The Transformative Concept towards Synthesis of Novel Materials. Functional surfaces and Nanostructures. S.R. Brankovic (PI-100%), NSF CAREER CHE # 0955922, ($540,000) 07/01/2010-06/31/2015.
Development of Electrodeposited CoFeNiX Films with Low Magnetic Losses for Power Application, S. R. Brankovic (PI-100%), National Semiconductor Corporation/Texas Instruments — Gift Grant, ($160,000), 01/01/2011-12/31/2012.
Surface Limited Redox Replacement of Cu UPD Monolayer with Pt ions, S. R. Brankovic (PI-100%), Private Funding, ($110,000), 10/01/2011-09/31/2012.
Electrochemical Nanofabrication of High-Anisotropy Bit-Patterned Magnetic Arrays using Self-Limiting Ion Milling Fabricated Templates, D. Litvinov (PI), S. R. Brankovic (co-PI), D. Weller (co-PI), NSF CMMI #0927786, ($280,000), 09/01/2009-09/31/2012.
Characterization of Morphology Transformation of Niobium Surfaces by Electropolishing, S.R. Brankovic (PI-100%), DOE/Jefferson Laboratory, PO#10-P0733, ($145,000), 01/01/2010-12/31/2011.
Phase Separated Ferromagnetic Metal-Metal Oxide/Hydroxide Nanomaterials as a Transformative Concept for Magnetic Field Sensors. S.R. Brankovic (PI), Dmitri Litvinov (Co-PI), Ray Carpenter (Co-PI) and Nils Gokemeijer (Co-PI), NSF ECCS # 0824215, ($450,000), 09/01/2008-08/31/2011.
Structure Property Relation of Monolayer Catalysts Obtained by Galvanic Displacement of Underpotentially Deposited Monolayers, S.R. Brankovic (PI), PRF# 47849-G5, ($50,000), 05/01/2008-04/30/2010.
Stress Control in Electrodeposited NiFe Alloys, S.R. Brankovic (PI), National Semiconductor Corporation — Gift Grant, ($130,000), 10/01/2008-09/30/2010.
Electrodeposited Exchange Spring Magnet Nanostructures for Bit-Pattern Media Application, S.R. Brankovic (PI-100%), TcSUH, ($20,000), 09/01/2009-09/31/2010.
Follow-up For Combinatorial Discovery of Anode and Cathode Catalysts for Use in a Hydrazine Anion Exchange Fuel Cell, S.R. Brankovic (PI), Daihatsu, ($40,000), 10/31/2009-03/31/2010.
Electrodeposition of Exchange Spring Magnet Nanomaterials, S.R. Brankovic (PI), TcSUH, ($20,000), 09/01/2008-08/31/2009.
Guided Self-Assembly Based Fabrication of Nanostructures, their Properties and Emergent Applications in Energy and Sensing. Pradeep Sharma (PI) and S.R. Brankovic (Co-PI), Grant to Enhance and Advance the Research, University of Houston, ($46,970), 09/07/2007-08/31/2008.
Single Ferromagnetic Nanocontact Based Devices as Magnetic Field Sensors, S.R. Brankovic (PI), Paul Ruchhoeft (Co-PI), Department of Defense (DOD)-07MMSEED-02-024-MM1593, ($97,397), 03/01/2007-03/01/2008.
Development of High Moment Corrosion Resistant Materials for Data Storage and Biomedical Applications, James Rantschler (PI), S.R. Brankovic (Co-PI), NSF-STTR Phase I: #0638195, ($149,896), 01/01/2007-01/01/2008.
Nucleation of Noble Metal Nanoclusters During Galvanic Displacement of Underpotentially Deposited Metal Monolayers, S.R. Brankovic (PI), Grant to Enhance and Advance Research, University of Houston, ($29,956), 09/01/2006-09/01/2007.

Selected Publications: 

For the full list of Dr. Brankovic's publication please go to: http://www2.egr.uh.edu/~ecnfg


(Invited) Citrate Effect on Reaction Kinetics of Pt Deposition on Pd(hkl) Via Surface Limited Redox Replacement of Cu UPD Monolayer, S. R. Brankovic, Q. Yuan, M. Shao, 227th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 24-28 (2015).
(Invited) Electrochemical Synthesis of Functional Thin-Films and Nanostructures, S. R. Brankovic, Lam Research Corporation, San Jose, CA, July 20th (2015).
Structure vs. Properties Relation in Novel RuPt Core-Edge Catalyst Nanoclusters, Q. Yuan, H. A. Doan, L. Grabow and S. R. Brankovic, 66th International Society of Electrochemistry Annual Meeting, Taipei, Oct. 4-9th (2015).
(Invited) SLRR of UPD Monolayers - Fundamental Aspects and Interplay of UPD, Reaction Kinetics, and Nucleation, E. Bulut, D. Wu, H. Kilic, and S. R. Brankovic, 66th International Society of Electrochemistry Annual Meeting, Taipei, Oct. 4-9th (2015).
(Invited) Reaction Kinetics of Metal Deposition Via SLRR of UPD ML Studied By Surface Reflectivity Measurements, E. Bulut, D. Wu, H. Kilic and S. R. Brankovic, 228th The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 11-15th (2015).
Pt "Monolayer" Electrocatalysts Revisited: Structure, Lattice Geometry Effects, and Ethanol Oxidation Activity of Pt on Au. R. Loukrakpam, S. R. Brankovic, and P. Strasser, 228th The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 11-15th (2015).
Cu Underpotential Deposition on Ru(0001). D. Wu and S. R. Brankovic, 228th The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 11-15th (2015).
Relation Between Thermodynamic and Kinetics Aspects of Pt Deposition Via SLRR and Resulting Properties of Catalyst Monolayers, S. R. Brankovic, 225th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 11-15 (2014).
(Invited) Conditions at the Electrochemical Interface and Their Relation to Electrodeposition of High Moment Soft CoFe Alloys, S. R. Brankovic, 226th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, Oct. 5-9, (2014).
(Invited) Monolayer Catalyst Design Using SLRR of UPD Monolayers – Fundamental Aspects and Interplay of UPD, Reaction Kinetics, and Nucleation Kinetics, S. R. Brankovic, 226th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, Oct. 5-9, (2014).