The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

David J. Keffer

David Keffer

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

PhD, Chemical Engineering
University of Minnesota

Research Interests

  • Multiscale Materials Modeling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Proton, Ion and Molecular Transport
  • Adsorption & Diffusion in Nanoporous Materials (Amorphous & Crystalline)
  • Catalysis


Selected Publications

He, Q., Joy, D.C., Keffer, D.J., “Nanoparticle Adhesion in PEM Fuel Cell Electrodes”, J. Power Sources, 241 2013 pp. 634-646.

McDonnell, M.T., Keffer, D.J., “Intrinsic Relationships between Proton Conductivity and Nanopore Size and Functionalization”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 177 2013 pp. 17–24.

Wang, Q., Suraweera, N.S., Keffer, D.J., Deng, S., Mays, J.W., “Atomistic and Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Cross-Linked Sulfonated Poly (1,3-cyclohexadiene)-based Proton Exchange Membrane”, Macromolecules, 45(16) 2012 pp 6669–6685.

Esai Selvan, M., Calvo-Muñoz, E.M., Keffer, D.J., “Toward a Predictive Understanding of Water and Charge Transport in Proton Exchange Membranes”, J. Phys. Chem. B 115(12) 2011 pp 3052–3061.

Calvo-Muñoz, E.M., Esai Selvan, M., Xiong, R., Ojha, M., Keffer, D.J., Nicholson, D.M., Egami, T., “Applications of a General Random Walk Theory for Confined Diffusion”, Phys. Rev. E, 83(1) 2011 article # 011120.

Wang, Q., Keffer, D.J., Nicholson, D.M., Thomas, J.B., “Use of the Ornstein-Zernike Percus-Yevick Equation to Extract Interaction Potentials from Pair Correlation Functions”, Phys. Rev. E, 81(6) 2010 article # 061204.

Xiong, R., Odbadrakh, K., Michalkova, A., Luna, J.P., Petrova, T., Keffer, D.J., Nicholson, D.M., Fuentes-Cabrera, M.A., Lewis, J.P., Leszczynski, J., “Evaluation of Functionalized Isoreticular Metal Organic Frameworks (IRMOFs) as Smart Nanoporous Preconcentrators of RDX”, Sensor Actuat B-Chem, 148 2010 pp. 459–468.

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Contact Information

David Keffer
301 Ferris Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2100


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