Sandrine Ricote is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado) since 2016. She obtained her PhD in 2008 at the University of Burgundy in France in inorganic chemistry. After graduation, she joined the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at the Danish Technical University, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a scientist. After 4 years in Denmark, she moved to Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and started as an Assistant Research Professor in 2012.
She is a member of the Basic Science Division of The American Ceramic Society since 2015 and has received the Young Professional Award from Electronic Materials and Applications in January 2016. She published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles in 16 different journals, and has co-authored three book chapters. She is part of the organizing and scientific committee of the workshop entitled Prospect in Protonic Ceramic Cells (PPCC) that takes place every two years in France.
Her work focuses mainly on protonic-conducting ceramics (typically yttrium doped barium zirconate based materials, referred to as BCZY), from fundamental to applied research. It includes the development and characterization of electrodes for various applications (both in oxidizing and reducing atmospheres), the determination of the best electrolyte compositions, the better understanding of BCZY electrolyte materials (mechanical, structural, microstructural and electrochemical properties) and the development of new processing techniques.