Kian KermanKian Kerman

Graduate Student



Mr. Kerman received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University. His undergraduate research was focused on the processing of lead-free piezo electric ceramics and growth of lamellar multi-ferroic heterostructures. Mr. Kerman worked briefly for Degussa, Rhodia, and Lockheed Martin before joining the Ramanathan group at Harvard University.


At Harvard, Mr. Kerman is broadly focused on using oxide materials for applications in energy. Research activities on mixed conducting oxides, such as LaxSr1-xCoyFe1-yO3-δ, include optimization of thin film growth, electrical/structural characterization, and micro-solid oxide fuel cell fabrication/testing. As an ongoing effort to remove dependencies on precious metal catalysts, such as Pt, thereby reducing the cost of solid state electrochemical energy conversion, oxide materials are also being investigated as potential replacements in the context of micro-solid oxide fuel cells. For more information see the review articles1,2 highlighting this technology and materials associated or feel free to contact Mr. Kerman at

1. D. Beckel et al. “Thin films for micro solid oxide fuel cells”, Journal of Power Sources 173 (2007) 325–345
2. A. Evans et al. “Review on micro fabricated micro-solid oxide fuel cell membranes”, Journal of Power Sources 194 (2009) 119–129

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