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John S. Newman

Chief Engineer, Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute

John Newman, PhD, is an expert in the analysis and design of electrochemical systems. For more than 47 years, Dr. Newman has been a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was associate editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society for 10 years starting in 1990. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an honorary member of the Electrochemical Society. In October 2010, Newman was awarded The Acheson Medal of the Electrochemical Society, the highest award given by the Society. He has also received the Electrochemical Society's David C. Grahame Award of the Physical Electrochemistry Division, Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching, Olin Palladium Medal for contributions to electrochemical science, and the Vittorio de Nora Award for contributions to electrochemical engineering and technology. Dr. Newman's book, Electrochemical Systems, is used throughout the world as a monograph and graduate text in electrochemical engineering. Now in its third edition, the first edition was also translated into Japanese and Russian.


PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; MS, Chemical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; BS, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Latest Publications

Water electrolysis with a homogeneous catalyst in an electrochemical cell — ECS Transactions
Bonino, C., Concepcion, J., Trainham, J., Meyer, T., & Newman, J. (Dec 2013)
Comparing the Energy Content of Batteries, Fuels, and Materials — Journal of Chemical Education
Balsara, N.P., & Newman, J. (Apr 2013)
Crossover in a homogeneous-catalyst reactor — ECS Transactions
Newman, J. (Jan 2013)
Review: An economic perspective on liquid solar fuels — Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Newman, J., Hoertz, P.G., Bonino, C.A., & Trainham, J.A. (Aug 2012)
Whither solar fuels? — Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering
Trainham, J.A., Newman, J., Bonino, C.A., Hoertz, P.G., & Akunuri, N. (Aug 2012)
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  • Electrochemical Analysis and Design
  • Solar Fuels
  • Renewable Energy
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics