Ph.D. Canadidate, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011 – 2013
B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
M.S. (non-thesis) in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, 2011
Baxter International, 2007 to 2009, Drug product development
Research done for his PhD:
My research aims to establish basic structure-property relationships between the fixed cation chemistry used in anion exchange membranes (AEMs) and their influence on the AEMs’ electrical and hydration properties before and after exposure to alkaline media. The fixed cation in AEMs is subject to degradation by the hydroxide ion, an aggressive nucleophile, through a multitude of different mechanisms. I am currently using 2D NMR spectroscopy to elucidate these mechanisms.
AEMs that are stable in aqueous alkaline solutions have relevance to the several electrochemical cell applications that include: solid alkaline fuel cells employing liquid fuels (e.g. direct alcohol, direct hydrazine, and direct borohydride fuel cells), bipolar membranes for the production of acids and bases, waste recovery from alkaline solutions by electrodialysis, and hydrogen production via water electrolysis.
2013: IE&EE Division Student Achievement Award – The Electrochemical Society (ECS) May 2013
2012: Honorable mention for Bernie Baker Student Award – Fuel Cell Seminar
2012: Best student award at Gordon Research Conference (Fuel Cells) – awarded by conference chairs and co-chairs
2011: Student travel grant for the 220th Electrochemical Society Meeting – awarded from PEM Symposium
1st place in student poster competition for Ralph Peck Lectureship – awarded by ChBE faculty at IIT
2009: Dean’s fellowship – awarded from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Peer Reviewed/Refereed Journal Publications
1. C. G. Arges and V. Ramani, Investigation of cation degradation in anion exchange membranes using multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2013, (accepted – in press).
2. C. G. Arges and V. Ramani, Two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy reveals cation-triggered backbone degradation in polysulfone-based anion exchange membranes, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2013, 110, 2490.
3. C. G. Arges, J. Parrondo, G. Johnson, A.E. Nadhan, and V. Ramani, Assessing the influence of different cation chemistries on ionic conductivity and alkaline stability of anion exchange membranes, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 3733.
4. V. Prabhakaran, C.G. Arges, and V. Ramani, Investigation of polymer electrolyte membrane chemical degradation and degradation mitigation using in situ fluorescence spectroscopy, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2012, 109, 1029.
5. M.-S. Jung, C.G. Arges, and V. Ramani, A perfluorinated anion exchange membrane with a 1, 4-dimethylpiperazinium cation, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 6158.
6. C.G. Arges, V. Ramani, and P. Pintauro, Anion exchange membrane fuel cells, The Electrochemical Society Interface, 2010, 19, 31.
7. S.V. Aathimanikandan, B.S. Sandanaraj, C.G. Arges, C.J. Bardeen, and S. Thayumanavan, Effect of guest molecule flexibility in access to dendritic interiors, Organic Letters, 2005, 7, 2809.
8. K. Sivanandan, S.V. Aathimanikandan, C.G. Arges, C.J. Bardeen, and S. Thayumanavan, Probing every layer in dendrons, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 2020.
Refereed Transactions Papers
1. V. Prabhakaran, C.G. Arges, and V. Ramani, ECS Trans., 2010, 33, 889.
2. C.G.Arges, S. Kulkarni, A. Baranek, K. Pan, M.J. Jung, D. Patton, K.A. Mauritz, and V. Ramani, ECS Trans., 2010, 33, 1903.
3. V. Prabhakaran, C.G. Arges, and V. Ramani, ECS Trans., 2011, 41, 1347.
4. C. G. Arges, M.J. Jung, G. Johnson, J. Parrondo, and V. Ramani, ECS Trans., 2011, 41, 1795.
5. C. G. Arges and V. Ramani, Alkaline Stability and Ion Conductivity of Polysulfone Anion Exchange Membranes (AEMs) with Different Cation Chemistries, ECS Trans., 2012, in press.
6. V. Prabhakaran, C. G. Arges, and V. Ramani, Investigation of PEM Degradation Kinetics and Degradation Mitigation Using In Situ Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Real-Time Monitoring of Fluoride-Ion Release, ECS Trans., 2012, in press.
1. C.G. Arges, Chemical structure relationships for improved alkaline stability and ionic conductivity of anion exchange polymer electrolyte membranes, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, April 2013.
2. C.G. Arges, Chemical structure relationships for improved alkaline stability and ionic conductivity of anion exchange polymer electrolyte membranes, Los Alamos National Laboratory – MPA-11, February 2013.
3. C.G. Arges and V. Ramani, Electrochemical properties and degradation of polysulfone anion exchange membranes for use in solid alkaline fuel cells, Best of the posters at Gordon Research Conference – Fuel Cells, August 2012.
Contributed talks (as presenting author only):
4. C.G. Arges, J. Parrondo, and V. Ramani. Anion Exchange Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells and Water Electrolyzers, 223nd ECS Meeting, 2013.
5. C.G. Arges, G. Johnson, and V. Ramani, Stable anion exchange and bipolar membranes for direct borohydride fuel cells for unmanned underwater vehicles, Fuel Cell Seminar, 2012.
6. C.G. Arges and V. Ramani, Alkaline stability and ion conductivity of polysulfone anion exchange membranes (AEMs) with different cation chemistries, 222nd ECS Meeting*, 2012.
*Served as co-chair for the E-4.1 Electrolysis and Alkaline Fuel Cell Materials section at this meeting.
7. C. G. Arges, M.-S. Jung, G. Johnson, J. Parrondo, and V. Ramani, Anion Exchange Membranes (AEMs) with Perfluorinated and Polysulfone Backbones with Different Cation Chemistries Components for Alkaline PEFCs, 220nd ECS Meeting, 2011.
8. C.G.Arges, S. Kulkarni, A. Baranek, K. Pan, M.J. Jung, D. Patton, K.A. Mauritz, and V. Ramani, Quaternary Ammonium and Phosphonium Based Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells Alkaline FCs: Alkaline Membranes and Electrolytes, 218th ECS Meeting, 2010.