Dr. Ryan O’Hayre is Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Prof. O’Hayre received his B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, and 2004, respectively. He began his teaching career at the Colorado School of Mines in 2006 as an Assistant Professor, with promotions to Associate and Full Professor in 2010 and 2014, respectively.
Professor O’Hayre directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory. His research centers on advanced ceramics and energy materials, emphasizing aspects of electronic and ionic oxides, transparent conducting oxides, catalysis, fuel cells, and electrochemistry with >110 peer-reviewed publications in these areas as well as several patents and book chapters. Prof. O’Hayre is lead author of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, the world’s best-selling textbook on the subject of fuel cell science and technology (translated into both Chinese and Korean). He recently published an undergraduate textbook on Materials Kinetics (Materials Kinetics Fundamentals) based on a course he teaches at CSM in this area.
Prof. O’Hayre has received several young-investigator research and teaching honors including CSM’s Research Excellence Award (2015), Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2012-13), The ASM Bradley Staughton Award (2010), and the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the US’s top honor for early-career scientists and engineers. Professor O’Hayre is a member of ACerS as well as the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics. Current research activities include the development of fuel-flexible proton-conducting ceramics fuel cells, novel redox-active oxides for high-temperature solar water splitting, and reversible ammonia fuel cells for energy storage and power production.