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Chris Arges

Associate Professor


  • Chemical Engineering

215 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


Research Website




  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • Master of Science (non-thesis), Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Luis A. Briceno-Mena, José A. Romagnoli and Christopher Arges, 2022, "PemNet: A Transfer Learning-Based Modeling Approach of High-Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrochemical Systems", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 61, (9), pp. 3350-3357
  • Sushant P. Sahu, Subarna Kole, Christopher Arges and Manas Ranjan Gartia, 2022, "Rapid and Direct Perfluorooctanoic Acid Sensing with Selective Ionomer Coatings on Screen-Printed Electrodes under Environmentally Relevant Concentrations", ACS Omega, 7, (6), pp. 5001-5007
  • Deepra Bhattacharya, Subarna Kole, Orhan Kizilkaya, Joseph Strzalka, Polyxeni P. Angelopoulou, Georgios Sakellariou, Dongmei Cao and Christopher Arges, 2021, "Electrolysis on a Chip with Tunable Thin Film Nanostructured PGM Electrocatalysts Generated from Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Templates", Small, 17, (25), pp. 2100437
  • Gokul Venugopalan, Deepra Bhattacharya, Subarna Kole, Cameron Ysidron, Polyxeni P. Angelopoulou, Georgios Sakellariou and Christopher Arges, 2021, "Correlating high temperature thin film ionomer electrode binder properties to hydrogen pump polarization", Materials Advances, 2, (13), pp. 4228-4234
  • Christopher Arges, Mario V. Ramos-Garces, Qi Lei, Ke Li, Deepra Bhattacharya, Subarna Kole and Qingteng Zhang, 2021, "Understanding the ionic activity and conductivity value differences between random copolymer electrolytes and block copolymer electrolytes of the same chemistry", RSC Advances, 11, pp. 15078-15084
  • Varada Menon Palakkal, Matthew L. Jordan, Deepra Bhattacharya, Yupo J. Lin and Christopher Arges, 2021, "Addressing Spacer Channel Resistances in MCDI Using Porous and Pliable Ionic Conductors", Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 168, (3), pp. 033503
  • Luis A. Briceno-Mena, Gokul Venugopalan, José A. Romagnoli and Christopher Arges, 2021, "Machine learning for guiding high-temperature PEM fuel cells with greater power density", Patterns, 2, (2), pp. 100187
  • Subarna Kole, Gokul Venugopalan, Deepra Bhattacharya, Le Zhang, John Cheng, Bryan Pivovar and Christopher Arges, 2021, "Bipolar membrane polarization behavior with systematically varied interfacial areas in the junction region", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 9, (4), pp. 2223-2238
  • Varada Menon Palakkal, Lauren Valentino, Qi Lei, Subarna Kole, Yupo J. Lin and Christopher Arges, 2020, "Advancing electrodeionization with conductive ionomer binders that immobilize ion-exchange resin particles into porous wafer substrates", npj Clean Water, 3, (1)
  • Rolf David, Aashish Tuladhar, Le Zhang, Christopher Arges and Revati Kumar, 2020, "Effect of Oxidation Level on the Interfacial Water at the Graphene Oxide–Water Interface: From Spectroscopic Signatures to Hydrogen-Bonding Environment", The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 124, (37), pp. 8167-8178
  • Ardalan Chaichi, Gokul Venugopalan, Ram Devireddy, Christopher Arges and Manas Ranjan Gartia, 2020, "A Solid-State and Flexible Supercapacitor That Operates across a Wide Temperature Range", ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, (6), pp. 5693-5704
  • Varada Menon Palakkal, Thu Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Mariia Chernova, Juan E. Rubio, Gokul Venugopalan, Marta Hatzell, Xiuping Zhu and Christopher Arges, 2020, "High Power Thermally Regenerative Ammonia-Copper Redox Flow Battery Enabled by a Zero Gap Cell Design, Low-Resistant Membranes, and Electrode Coatings", ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, (5), pp. 4787-4798
  • Gokul Venugopalan, Kevin Chang, Justin Nijoka, Sarah Livingston, Geoffrey M. Geise and Christopher Arges, 2020, "Stable and Highly Conductive Polycation–Polybenzimidazole Membrane Blends for Intermediate Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells", ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, (1), pp. 573-585
  • Zihang Su, Subarna Kole, Leigh C. Harden, Varada M. Palakkal, ChulOong Kim, Greshma Nair, Christopher Arges and Julie N. Renner, 2019, "Peptide-Modified Electrode Surfaces for Promoting Anion Exchange Ionomer Microphase Separation and Ionic Conductivity", ACS Materials Letters, 1, (4), pp. 467-475
  • Yu Kambe, Christopher Arges, David A. Czaplewski, Moshe Dolejsi, Satya Krishnan, Mark P. Stoykovich, Juan J. de Pablo and Paul F. Nealey, 2019, "Role of Defects in Ion Transport in Block Copolymer Electrolytes", Nano Letters, 19, (7), pp. 4684-4691
  • Varada Menon Palakkal, Juan E. Rubio, Yupo J. Lin and Christopher Arges, 2018, "Low-Resistant Ion-Exchange Membranes for Energy Efficient Membrane Capacitive Deionization", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6, (11), pp. 13778-13786
  • Shisheng Xiong, Dongxue Li, Su-Mi Hur, Gordon S. Craig, Christopher Arges, Xin-Ping Qu and Paul F. Nealey, 2018, "The Solvent Distribution Effect on the Self-Assembly of Symmetric Triblock Copolymers during Solvent Vapor Annealing", Macromolecules, 51, (18), pp. 7145-7151
  • Christopher Arges and Le Zhang, 2018, "Anion Exchange Membranes’ Evolution toward High Hydroxide Ion Conductivity and Alkaline Resiliency", ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1, (7), pp. 2991-3012
  • Tedd E. Lister, Luis A. Diaz, Michael A. Lilga, Asanga B. Padmaperuma, YuPo Lin, Varada Menon Palakkal and Christopher Arges, 2018, "Low-Temperature Electrochemical Upgrading of Bio-oils Using Polymer Electrolyte Membranes", Energy & Fuels, 32, (5), pp. 5944-5950
  • He-Lou Xie, Xiao Li, Hyo Seon Suh, Jia-Xing Ren, Ling-Shu Wan, Gordon S. Craig, Christopher Arges and Paul F. Nealey, 2017, "Water-soluble top coats for orientation control of liquid crystal-containing block copolymer films", Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 55, (21), pp. 1569-1574
  • Christopher Arges, 2017, "Interdisciplinary Research for Next Generation Electrolytes Used in Electrochemical Systems", The Electrochemical Society Interface, 26, (1), pp. 47-47
  • Yu Kambe, Christopher Arges, Shrayesh Patel, Mark P. Stoykovish and Paul F. Nealey, 2017, "Ion Conduction in Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Electrolytes", The Electrochemical Society Interface, 26, (1), pp. 61-67
  • Christopher Arges, 2017, "Controlling domain orientation of liquid crystalline block copolymer in thin films through tuning mesogenic chemical structures", Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
  • Christopher Arges, 2017, "Directed Self-Assembly of Colloidal Particles onto Nematic Liquid Crystalline Defects Engineered by Chemically Patterned Surfaces", ACS Nano
  • Christopher Arges, 2017, "Directed Self-Assembly of Polystyrene-b-poly(propylene carbonate) on Chemical Patterns via Thermal Annealing for Next Generation Lithography", Nano Letters
  • Christopher Arges, 2017, "Separators with Biomineralized Zirconia Coatings for Enhanced Thermo- and Electro-Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Christopher Arges, 2016, "Directed Self-Assembly of Hierarchical Supramolecular Block Copolymer Thin Films on Chemical Patterns", Advanced Materials Interfaces
  • Christopher Arges, 2016, "Post-directed-self-assembly membrane fabrication for in situ analysis of block copolymer structures", Nanotechnology
  • Christopher Arges, 2015, "Combined main-chain/side-chain ionic liquid crystalline polymer based on ‘jacketing’ effect: Design, synthesis, supra-molecular self-assembly and photophysical properties", Express Polymer Letters
  • Christopher Arges, 2015, "Mechanically stable poly(arylene ether) anion exchange membranes prepared from commercially available polymers for alkaline electrochemical devices", Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Christopher Arges, 2015, "Synthesis and alkaline stability of solubilized anion exchange membrane binders based on poly(phenylene oxide) functionalized with quaternary ammonium groups via a hexyl spacer", Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Christopher Arges, 2014, "Bipolar polymer electrolyte interfaces for hydrogen-oxygen and direct borohydride fuel cells", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Christopher Arges, 2014, "Degradation of anion exchange membranes used for hydrogen production by ultrapure water electrolysis", RSC Advances
  • Christopher Arges, 2013, "Best practices for investigating anion exchange membrane suitability for alkaline electrochemical devices: Case study using quaternary ammonium poly(2,6-dimethyl 1,4-phenylene)oxide anion exchange membranes", Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Christopher Arges, 2013, "In situ fluorescence spectroscopy correlates ionomer degradation to reactive oxygen species generation in an operating fuel cell", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • Christopher Arges, 2013, "Polysulfone-based anion exchange membranes demonstrate excellent chemical stability and performance for the all-vanadium redox flow battery", Journal of Materials Chemistry A
  • Christopher Arges, 2013, "Two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy reveals cation-triggered backbone degradation in polysulfone-based anion exchange membranes", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Christopher Arges, 2011, "A perfluorinated anion exchange membrane with a 1,4-dimethylpiperazinium cation", Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Christopher Arges, 2005, "Effect of guest molecule flexibility in access to dendritic interiors", Organic Letters
  • Christopher Arges, 2005, "Probing every layer in dendrons", Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Qi Lei, Ke Li, Deepra Bhattacharya, Jingya Xiao, Subarna Kole, Qingteng Zhang, Joseph Strzalka, Jimmy Lawrence, Revati Kumar and Christopher Arges, , "Counterion condensation or lack of solvation? Understanding the activity of ions in thin film block copolymer electrolytes", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 8, (31), pp. 15962-15975
  • Gokul Venugopalan, Deepra Bhattacharya, Evan Andrews, Luis Briceno-Mena, José Romagnoli, John Flake and Christopher Arges, , "Electrochemical Pumping for Challenging Hydrogen Separations", ACS Energy Letters, pp. 1322-1329
  • Christopher Arges, Yu Kambe, Moshe Dolejsi, Guang-Peng Wu, Tamar Segal-Pertz, Jiaxing Ren, Chi Cao, Gordon S. Craig and Paul F. Nealey, , "Interconnected ionic domains enhance conductivity in microphase separated block copolymer electrolytes", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, (11), pp. 5619-5629
  • Christopher Arges, Ke Li, Le Zhang, Yu Kambe, Guang-Peng Wu, Baraka Lwoya, Julie N. Albert, Paul F. Nealey and Revati Kumar, , "Ionic conductivity and counterion condensation in nanoconfined polycation and polyanion brushes prepared from block copolymer templates", Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 4, (2), pp. 365-378
  • Matthew L. Jordan, Lauren Valentino, Nargiza Nazyrynbekova, Varada Menon Palakkal, Subarna Kole, Deepra Bhattacharya, Yupo J. Lin and Christopher Arges, , "Promoting water-splitting in Janus bipolar ion-exchange resin wafers for electrodeionization", Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 5, (5), pp. 922-935

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Award, National Science Foundation, January 2022
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Toyota Young Investigator Fellow, The Electrochemical Society, August 2021
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation, June 2018
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry A - Emerging Young Investigator Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, June 2020
  • LSU Rainmaker Award, Louisana State University, March 2020
  • LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award, Louisiana State University, April 2019
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, Louisiana State University, April 2019


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, August 2021

Service to External Organizations:




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