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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

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Branko N. Popov

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director, Center for Electrochemical Engineering
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Website: Center for Electrochemical Engineering
Phone: 803-777-7314
Fax: 803-777-8265

Swearingen Engineering Center
Room 2C19
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC  29208

Professor Branko Popov

CV of Dr. Popov
Popov's Readership Worldwide


Ph.D., University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1972
M.S., University of Illinois, 1969
B.S., University Kiril and Metodij, Skopje, Macedonia, 1965


Dr. Popov is a Carolina Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Electrochemical Engineering at USC. He stablished USC’s internationally recognized research program in electrochemical and corrosion engineering and was listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world for 2002, 2014 and 2015. He is the 2003 recipient of American Electroplaters and Surface Finishing Society (AESF) Scientific Achievement Award for outstanding scientific contributions over a span of a decade, 2005 Fuel Cell South Crystal Flame Innovation Award, 2007 Research Achievement Award from University of South Carolina, 2014 Breakthrough Leadership Award from University of South Carolina and Prestigious USC Russell Award for Research in Science, Mathematics and Engineering in 2015.

His work has profound impact on energy-storage materials used in advanced batteries, developing catalyst for fuel cells, all of each is accelerating the commercialization of electric vehicles. Dr. Popov’s work in materials also extends to electroplating, sensors, electrolyzers, corrosion protection, developing highly corrosion stable alloys for metallurgy, materials for cathodes and anodes for primary and secondary batteries, capacitors and development of performance models.

Dr. Popov published 235 refereed technical papers, author/coauthor of 20 book chapters, 62 papers published in receding volumes and four textbooks.  His papers according to Scholar Commons were downloaded more than 39,000 times.

His research group garnered more than 15 million in research funding  from the financial support of the Office of Naval Research, United States Army Corps of Engineers, National Reconnaissance Office, (NRO), Sandia National Laboratory, South  Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), American Electroplaters and Surface Finishing  Society, (AESF), United States Department of Energy (DOE), National Air and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), ACT Corporation, St. Jude Medical, Tokuyama Corporation,(Japan)  and  private industries, including United Technologies, ELISA Co, General Electric, Boing, Farasis,  Faraday Technologies etc.

His students landed positions at U.S National Laboratories, earned tenure at universities worldwide and work at top-tier companies such as Apple, IBM, Intel, GM and Tesla Motors. He considers teaching future chemical and corrosion engineers to be just as important as research. He published by Elsevier in 2015 a new textbook entitled “Corrosion Engineering” which is been worldwide recognized for teaching theoretical electrochemistry, and fundamental principles of corrosion, passivity, material selection and design, mathematical modeling of corrosion processes at interfaces and engineering of corrosion protection strategies.  

Selected Publications

  • Taekeun Kim, Tianyuan Xie, Won Suk Jung, Branko N. Popov, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42, (2017), 12507-12520.
  • Won Suk Jung and Branko N. Popov, Catalysis Today, 295, (2017) 65-74.·
  • Branko N. Popov and Jong-Won Lee, Chapter 14, “Cathodic Protection of Pipelines”, published by William Andrew Inc., Norwich. NY, USA, 509-532, (1918).
  • Branko N. Popov, Jong-Won Lee and Milos B. Djukic, Chapter 7, “Hydrogen Permeation and Hydrogen Induced Cracking” Handbook Environmental Degradation of Materials, Ed. Myer Kutz, published by William Andrew Inc., Norwich. NY, USA, 133-162, (1918).
  • Won Suk Jung and Branko N. Popov, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 23879-23686.
  • Won Suk Jung, Branko N. Popov, Carbon, 122 (2017) 746-755.

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