Education

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 1997
  • B.S./M.S. (Math), Moscow State University, Russia, 1994
  • B.S./M.S.M.E., Bauman MSTU, Moscow, Russia, 1993

Research Areas and Descriptors

Background

Dr. Fedorov's background is in thermal/fluid sciences, chemical reaction engineering as well as in applied mathematics. His laboratory works at the intersection between mechanical and chemical engineering and solid state physics and analytical chemistry with the focus on portable/ distributed power generation with synergetic CO2 capture; thermal management of high power dissipation devices and electronics cooling; special surfaces and nanostructured interfaces for catalysis, heat and moisture management; and development of novel bioanalytical instrumentation and chemical sensors. Dr. Fedorov joined Georgia Tech in 2000 as an Assistant Professor after finishing his postdoctoral work at Purdue University.

Research

Press Coverage of Fedorov’s Group Research

Complex 3-D nanostructures fabricated in Dr. Fedorov's Lab using Electron Beam Induced Deposition in combination with Metal Assisted Chemical Etching (EBID-MaCE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Fedorov’s research is at the interface of basic sciences and engineering. His research portfolio is diverse, covering the areas of portable/ distributed power generation with synergetic carbon dioxide management, including hydrogen/CO2 separation/capture and energy storage, novel approaches to nanomanufacturing (see Figure), microdevices (MEMS) and instrumentation for biomedical research, and thermal management of high performance electronics. Dr. Fedorov's research includes experimental and theoretical components, as he seeks to develop innovative design solutions for the engineering systems whose optimal operation and enhanced functionality require fundamental understanding of thermal/fluid sciences.

Applications of Dr. Fedorov’s research range from fuel reformation and hydrogen generation for fuel cells to cooling of computer chips, from lab-on-a-chip microarrays for high throughput biomedical analysis to mechanosensing and biochemical imaging of biological membranes on nanoscale.

Development of sustainable solutions for our future energy needs has gained priority, as evidence for anthropologically induced climate change continues to mount. The scale of the problem dictates to take advantage of all available pathways to CO2 emissions reduction. While most CO2 capture efforts have been focused on large scale, the point sources of emissions (~1/3 of global carbon emissions) from the transportation and small-scale distributed power generation sectors have been largely neglected. Dr. Fedorov’s research aims to address this critical challenge by developing an innovative technology for combined power generation and carbon dioxide sequestration for transportation. His group developed a family of conceptually new fuel processing reactor technologies for low-emission power sources, such as fuel cells, with improved functionality achieved through an innovative process organization and system integration exploiting the advantages of transport and catalysis on the micro/nano scale. A common unique feature of these microreactors is utilization of transient operation with an intimately integrated fuel atomization and in situ membrane-based hydrogen separation from the product stream.

In bioanalytical instrumentation domain, recent highlights and new research directions pursued in Dr. Fedorov's group include development of the AMUSE ion source (Array of Micromachined UltraSonic Electrospray) for protein mass spectrometry and invention of the SMS (Scanning Mass Spectrometry) probe for in-situ biochemical imaging of biological cell signaling. These device development efforts are complemented by in-depth experimental and theoretical studies aimed at fundamental understanding of the basic physics and chemistry underlying device operation leading to improved system design and optimal performance.

The graduate and undergraduate students working with Dr. Fedorov's lab have a unique opportunity to develop skills in a number of disciplines in addition to traditional thermal/fluid sciences because of the highly interdisciplinary nature of their thesis research. Most students take courses and perform experimental and theoretical research in chemical engineering and applied physics. Acquired knowledge and skills are essential to starting and developing a successful career in academia as well as in many industries ranging from automotive, petrochemical and manufacturing to electronics to bioanalytical instrumentation and MEMS.

 

Distinctions

  • Grand Challenge Ambassador/Featured Guest at the “Carbon Use Grand Challenge” Summit, Climate Change and Emission Management Corporation (CCEMC), Alberta, Canada (2014)
  • Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineering (JSME) Mechanical Engineering Reviews, Transactions of the JSME (in Japanese), Mechanical Engineering Journal, and Mechanical Engineering Letters, International Advisory Board (2013-2015)
  • International Journal of Interfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer Editorial Board, 2012-Present
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Invention & Contribution Board Award for development of catalytic reactor technologies, cited “among technical contributions to NASA, which have significant value in the conduct of aeronautical and space activities, ” 2010
  • ASME-Pi Tau Sigma Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 2010
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Inventor Recognition Award, 2009
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology’s (Japan) Global Center of Excellence in Energy Science International Advisory Board, 2008-Present
  • ASME/IEEE ITherm08 Outstanding Paper Award in Thermal Management, 2008
  • Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award, 2008
  • Woodruff School Faculty Fellow, 2008-2012
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Heat Transfer Division) Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award for sustained contributions to heat, mass, and radiation transfer, 2007
  • Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics  Editorial Board, 2007
  • Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award, 2006 and 2007
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invited Participant, 2006
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Branimir F. von Turkovich Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2006
  • International Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering Editorial Advisory Board, 2004-present
  • Sigma Xi (Georgia Tech Chapter) Young Faculty Award, 2004
  • International Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering  Special Issue Guest Editor, 2004

Patents

Droplet impingement chemical reactors and methods of processing fuel, U.S. Patent 8,603,205, with M. Varady and F. L. Degertekin, December 10, 2013

Electron Beam Induced Deposition of Interface to Carbon Nanotube, with Konrad Rykaczewski, U.S. Patent 8,531,029, September 10, 2013

Devices Including Composite Thermal Capacitors, U.S. Patent 8,378,453, with C. Green and Y. Joshi, February 19, 2013

Foldable Hydrogen Storage Media and Methods, U.S. Patent 8,372,947, February 12, 2013

Electrosonic Cell Manipulation Device, U.S. Patent 8,334,133, with F. L. Degertekin, December 18, 2012

Electron Beam Induced Deposition of Interface to Carbon Nanotube, with Konrad Rykaczewski, U.S. Patent 8,207,058, June 26, 2012.

Fluid-to-fluid Spot-to-spreader Heat Management Devices and Systems and Methods of Managing Heat, U.S. Patent 8,082,978, December 27, 2011.

Hydrogen-Generating Reactors and Methods with David L. Damm, U. S. Patent 7,981,171, July 19, 2011.

Droplet Impingement Chemical Reactors and Methods of Processing Fuel, with Levent Degertekin and Mark Varady, U. S. Patent 7,909,897, March 22, 2011

Reverse-Taylor-Cone Ionization Systems and Methods of Use Thereof, with F. L. Degertekin, U.S. Patent 7,880,148, February 1, 2011.

Integrated Fuel Processor and Flow Delivery Infrastructure, U. S. Patent 7,714,274, with F. L. Degertekin, May 11, 2010

Electrosonic Cell Manipulation Device and Method of Use Thereof, U.S. Patent 7,704,743, with F. L. Degertekin, April 27, 2010

Scanning Ion Probe Systems and Method of Use Thereof, U.S. Patent 7,442,927, April 27, 2010

Vortex Tube Refrigeration Systems and Methods, U.S. Patent 7,669,428, March 2, 2010

Confining/Focusing Vortex Flow Transmission Structure, Mass Spectrometry Systems, and Methods of Transmitting Particles, Droplets, and Ions, U.S. Patent 7,595,487, September 29, 2009

Electrospray Systems and Methods, U.S. Patent 7,557,342, with Levent Degertekin, July 7, 2009

Nano-Patch Thermal Management Devices, Methods, and Systems, U. S. Patent 7,545,644, June 9, 2009

Thermal Management Devices, Systems, and Methods, U .S. Patent 7,532,467, with S. Launay and Y. K. Joshi, May 12, 2009

Scanning Ion Probe Systems and Method of Use Thereof, U.S. Patent 7,442,927, October 28, 2008.

Reverse-Taylor-Cone Ionization Systems and Methods of Use Thereof, U.S. Patent 7,411,182, August 12, 2008

Integrated Micro Fuel Processor and Flow Delivery Infrastructure, U.S. Patent 7,312,440, with F. L. Degertekin, December 25, 2007

Electrospray Systems and Methods, U.S. Patent 7,208,727, with F. L. Degertekin, April 24, 2007

Representative Publications

P. A. Kottke, F. L. Degertekin, and A. G. Fedorov. 2010. The Scanning Mass Spectrometry Probe: A Scanning Probe Electrospray Ion Source for Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Submerged Interfaces and Transient Events in Solution. Analytical Chemistry 82(1), 19–22.

K. Rykaczewski et al. 2010. The Effect of the Geometry and Material Properties of a Carbon Joint Produced by Electron Beam Induced Deposited on the Electrical Resistance of a Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube-to-Metal Contact Interface. Nanotechnology 21, 035202-035214.

A. G. Fedorov and J. Meacham. 2009.  Evaporation-Enhanced, Dynamically-Adaptive Air (Gas)-Cooled Heat Sink for Thermal Management of High Heat Dissipation Devices. IEEE Transactions on Computers & Packaging Technologies 32(4), 746-753.

J. Baxter, et al. 2009. Nanoscale Design to Enable the Revolution in Renewable Energy. Energy & Environmental Science 2, 559-588.

D. L. Damm and A. G. Fedorov. 2008. Conceptual Study of Distributed CO2 Capture and the Sustainable Carbon Economy. Energy Conversion & Management 49(6), 1674-1683.