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Mebane, David

Associate Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007 
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004 
B.A. Mechanical Engineering/History, Rice University, 1996

David Mebane is the leader of the newly-established Energy Systems and Materials Simulation Group at WVU. The group is dedicated to the optimal integration of fine-scale scientific information into models at the industrial scale. The principal means of achieving this integration are advanced statistical methods; we focus on the development of such methods and their application to problems in power generation and beyond. As our work bridges the gap between science and industry, we aim to provide high-quality opportunities for scientific education along with exposure to the problems and practices of industry.

Mebane is a materials scientist focused on theoretical and statistical approaches in solid-state chemical and electrochemical systems. His work to this point has addressed defect equilibrium and metastability in solid electrolytes and mixed conductors, catalysis and charge transport in mixed conductors, microstructural characterization and modeling, chemical sorbents, and statistical methods in multi-scale models of industrial processes.

He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2007, with a thesis focused on developing first-principles based continuum models of patterned solid oxide fuel cell electrodes. Upon graduation, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation, to study in Stuttgart at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. There, he worked on problems related to the phenomenon of superionicity in the context of the model system AgCl. In 2010, he started an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV. At NETL he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (a program with which he remains affiliated), developing particle-level sorbent models that occupy the interface between computational chemistry and device and process-scale models of carbon capture systems.

Mebane started at West Virginia in 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2018. His work in high temperature electrocatalysis and multi-scale modeling through data-driven methods is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy along with other grant-making organizations. Mebane holds an ORISE Faculty Fellowship at NETL.

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