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Brent Kirby

Brent Kirby

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Brent Kirby joined PNNL in 2008 after finishing graduate studies at Princeton University. He has been primarily focused on several aspects of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology from materials development to cell design and testing to system engineering. The expertise of the SOFC team has led to successful projects for the DOE, as well as for military and industrial clients. He also has extensive experience with β"-alumina, an ionically conductive ceramic used in sodium batteries.

Research Interests

  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) design
  • SOFC systems
  • Ionically conductive materials, including β"-alumina
  • Sodium battery chemistry

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D Chemistry and Materials, Princeton University
  • M.A. Chemistry, Princeton University
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications



  • Wei X., G. Xia, B.W. Kirby, E.C. Thomsen, B. Li, Z. Nie, and G.L. Graff, et al. 2015. "An Aqueous Redox Flow Battery Based on Neutral Alkali Metal Ferri/ferrocyanide and Polysulfide Electrolytes." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 163, no. 1:A5150-A5153. PNNL-SA-93471. doi:10.1149/2.0221601jes


  • Lu X., B.W. Kirby, W. Xu, G. Li, J.Y. Kim, J.P. Lemmon, and V.L. Sprenkle, et al. 2013. "Advanced Intermediate-Temperature Na-S Battery." Energy & Environmental Science 6, no. 1:299 - 306. PNNL-SA-91777. doi:10.1039/C2EE23606K


  • Chick L.A., K.D. Meinhardt, S.P. Simner, B.W. Kirby, M.R. Powell, and N.L. Canfield. 2011. "Factors Affecting Limiting Current in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells or Debunking the Myth of Anode Diffusion Polarization." Journal of Power Sources 196, no. 10:4475-4482. PNNL-SA-76657.

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