Tom Gennett

Professor and Department Head, Chemistry

Tom GennettPresently, my applied/basic research program is energy system centric with a strong materials and engineering emphasis.  Our work is focused on developing and understanding materials for hydrogen and energy storage with specific applications for transportation and grid storage.  We have several on-going projects: (a) investigation into the mechanism of room temperature hydrogen sorption for carbon and framework sorbents while in parallel we develop next-generation characterization methodologies to understand the fundamental nature of gas-solid interactions;  (b) investigation of plasmonic, bio-inspired, porous liquids and frustrated Lewis-acid base materials for hydrogen carrier applications; and (c)  the development of hybrid energy storage materials by physical vapor deposition and ion-implantation methodologies.


  • BA – State University of New York Potsdam
  • PhD – University of Vermont

Selected Publications

  • Allendorf, M.A.; Hulvey, Z., Gennett, T and coworkers. “An Assessment of Strategies for the Development of Solid-State Adsorbents for Vehicular Hydrogen Storage” Energy Environ. Sci, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c8ee01085d
  • Martin, H. J., Hughes, B.K., Braunecker, W.A., Gennett, T., Dadmun, M.D., The Impact of Radical Loading and Oxidation on the Conformation of Organic Radical Polymers by Small Angle Neutron Scattering” J. Mater. Chem. A., 2018, 6, 15659-15667.
  • Hurst, K. E.; Parilla, P. A.; O’Neill, K. J.; Gennett T “An International Multi-Laboratory Investigation of Carbon-Based Hydrogen Sorbent Materials” Appl. Phys. A 2016, 122, 42.
  • Parilla, P. A.; Gross, K.; Hurst, K. E.; Gennett, T. “Recommended Volumetric Capacity Definitions and Protocols for Accurate, Standardized and Unambiguous Metrics of Hydrogen Storage Materials”  Appl. Phys. A 2016, 122, 201.
  • Christensen, S. T.; Nordlund, D.; Olson, T.; Hurst, K..; Dameron, A. A.; O’Neill, K. J.; Bult, J. B.; Dinh, H. N.; Gennett, T. “A core- level spectroscopic investigation of the preparation and electrochemical cycling of nitrogen- modified carbon as a model catalyst support J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, 4, 443-450.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


204 Coolbaugh Hall
Department of Chemistry
Colorado School of Mines
1012 14th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273 3622
Fax: (303) 273 3629

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