Quentin Sherman

Graduate student, Northwestern University
Voorhees Research Group
ONR MURI: Understanding Corrosion in 4D

Phone: 630-359-7564
E-Mail: quentinsherman2012@u.northwestern.edu
Office: Cook 4019

B.S. Physics
Haverford College



Quentin Sherman develops theory and modeling tools to better understand early-stage corrosion. Working under the ONR MURI grant “Understanding Corrosion in 4D,” he focuses on mesoscale thermodynamic and kinetic models of high temperature oxidation. In particular, a main focus of his work has been developing an electrochemical phase-field model of oxidation. 
In addition, during the first two years of his PhD Quentin investigated ways to improve the performance of metal nanoparticle catalysts in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) . State of the art SOFCs use wet infiltration, as opposed to co-firing, to decorate the anode surface with an electron conducting metal catalyst. He utilized long wave theory of thin-film dewetting to better understand how an evaporating metal solution leads to nanoparticle formation by comparing numerical simulations with infiltration experiments.
  1. Q.C. Sherman and P.W. Voorhees, Phase-field model of oxidation: Equilibrium, Phys. Rev. E, 95, 032801 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.95.032801
  2. E.C. Miller, Q. Sherman, Z. Ghao, P.W. Voorhees, and S.A. Barnett, Stability of Nickel-Infiltrated Anodes in Intermediate Temperature SOFCs, ECS Transactions68(1), 1245-1254 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1149/06801.1245ecst