Cullen School of Engineering

Location

Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
N308 Engineering Building 1
Houston, Texas 77004-4005
Phone: 713-743-4400
Fax: 713-743-4444
Department: ece [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu
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Faculty

Dr. Stanko R. Brankovic

Associate Professor

N 308 Engineering Building 1

Houston, Texas 77204-4005

Tel: 713-743-4409 | Fax: 713-743-4444

Email: SRBrankovic [at] uh [dot] edu

Website: http://www2.egr.uh.edu/~ecnfg

Education

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

Professional Experience

2001-2005

Seagate Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA

1999-2001

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY


Classes

Courses Taught at UH

  • 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 and Honors

  • Chair Elect, Materials Science Divisioin, International Society of Electrochemistry, 2012-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
  • Member of executive committee, Electrodepostion Division, The Electrochemical Society, 2006-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

  • Electrocatalysis

  • Nanotechnology, Science and Applications

  • Electrochimica Acta


Research

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.


Presentations

  • Size Effects on Catalytic and Electrosorption Properties of Catalyst Monolayers, S. R. Brankovic, 2013 CEC Annual Workshop on Electrochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, February 9th, (2013)

  • Lead UPD on Ru(0001), W. Dongjun, Q. Yuan and S. R. Brankovic, 224th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct 27-Nov.1, (2013).

  • Electrochemical Synthesis of Soft Ferromagnetic Thin Films and Nanostructures for Magnetic Recording and MEMS Application, S. R. Brankovic, 224th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct 27-Nov.1, (2013).

  • A Study of Au/C Nanoparticles with Pt Monolayer and Sub-Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Ethanol Oxidation Reaction, R. Loukrakpam, S. R. Brankovic, P. Strasser, 224th, The Electrochemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct 27-Nov.1, (2013).

  • Morphology Effects on Electrosorption Properties of Catalyst Monolayers, Q. Yuan, M. Slavkovic, A. Tripathi, L. Grabow and S. R. Brankovic, 64th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico, Sept. 8th-13th (2013).

  • UPD on Submonolayer Modified Au(111) – The prelude to Synthesis of True Bi-Functional Monolayer Catalysts, S.R. Brankovic, Q. Yuan, and L. Grabow, 64th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico, Sept. 8th-13th (2013).

  • Strained Annealing of Cu Interconnects: A Novel Approach Towards Improving the Resistance of Cu Interconnects, N. Dole, J. Chawla, and S. R. Brankovic, TechCON, Sept. 8th-10th, (2013).


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

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


News

  • http://www2.egr.uh.edu/~ecnfg/n2013.html