Faculty Profiles

Hill, Justin

Adjunct Professor
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences

Educational Background

B.S. Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State University

B.S. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Florida

Recognition & Awards

  • 2012 University of Florida Outstanding Young Aluminus Award
  • 2010 ENI Award in Energy (Associated Nominee)
  • 2009 NanoFlorida Conference Lecturer Award
  • 2008 UF STTP Award (Mentorship)

Current Courses

CHE 5101/5103 - Transport Phenomena 1: Continuum-based modeling of momentum, energy and matter transport phenomenon. Shell balance derivations, scaling analysis, similiarity and integral transform methods, asymptotic perturbation analysis and variational theory of isentropic systems.

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • The American Chemical Society

Additional Duties

  • Materials Science & Engineering Technology Leader & Engineering Manager, Mainstream Engineering Corporation, Rockledge, Fl
  • Chemical Engineering Advisory Board

Current Research

Research at Mainstream Engineering Corporation

  • Self-assembled synthesis of next-generation thermoelectric materials
  • Scalable fabrication of dense carbon nanotubes for electrochemical double layer capacitor electrodes
  • Self-assembled nanomaterials for compressive and adsorptive gas storage
  • Electrochemical hydrogen compression
  • Materials processing with high energy linear electron accelerators
  • High surface area scaffolding for thermal energy storage
  • Hierarchically structured nanocomposites 

Collaborative Research:

  • Modeling of photoelectrochemical energy conversion in highly anisotropic domains (in collaboration with Prof. Kirk Ziegler at the University of Florida).

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

  1. Arnold, D. C.; Hobbs, R. G.; Zirngast, M.; Marschner, C.; Hill, J. J.; Ziegler, K. J.; Morris, M. A.; Holmes, J. D., Single step synthesis of Ge–SiOx core-shell heterostructured nanowires. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 954-961.
  2. Hill, J. J.; Cotton, S. P.; Ziegler, K. J., Alignment and Morphology Control of Ordered Mesoporous Silicas in Anodic Aluminum Oxide Channels by Electrophoretic Deposition. Chem. Mater. 2009, 21 (9), 1841-1846.
  3. Hill, J. J.; Haller, K.; Gelfand, B.; Ziegler, K. J., Eliminating Capillary Coalescence of Nanowire Arrays with Applied Electric Fields. ACS Appl. Mat. Int. 2010, 2 (7), 1992-1998.
  4. Hill, J. J.; Haller, K.; Ziegler, K. J., Direct Fabrication of High-Aspect Ratio Anodic Aluminum Oxide with Continuous Pores on Conductive Glass. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2010, 158 (1), E1-E7.
  5. Hill, J. J.; Banks, N.; Haller, K.; Orazem, M. E.; Ziegler, K. J., An Interfacial and Bulk Charge Transport Model for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Photoanodes Consisting of Core-Shell Nanowire Arrays. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, (Web), DOI: 10.1021/ja2044216.
  6. Hill, J. J.; Haller, K.; Banks, N.; Orazem, M. E.; Ziegler, K. J., Optimizing the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells based on Densely Arrayed and High Aspect Ratio Nanostructures. 2012, In Progress.
  7. Hill, J. J.; Haller, K.; Ziegler, K. J., Conductive Nanowires Coated with a Semiconductive Shell as the Photoanode in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Int. J. Nano. Bio. Mat. 2012, Submitted.


Technically Reviewed Scientific Reports:

  1. Hill, J. J., High Performance Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generators for UAVs, Final Report CLIN 0003. NAVAIR: Pautuxent River, Md, 2011; pp 1-67.
  2. Lasko, T.; Hill, J. J., Advanced Materials Processing with Free Energy Laser Electron Beam Linear Accelerator Injectors. Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy: Arlington, Va, 2011; pp 1-54.
  3. Schwartz, N.; Hill, J. J., High Density Hydrogen Storage through Compression and Adsorption in Self-Assembled Nanomaterials. United States Air Force: Edwards AFB, Ca, 2012; pp 1-74.
  4. Zastrow, D.; Ziegler, K. J.; Hill, J. J., Meter-Scale Self-Assembly of Dense & Oriented Nanomaterials for Double Layer Capacitors. Office of Naval Research, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD): Arlington, Va, 2012; pp 1-56.
  5. Crosser, L. H.; Hill, J. J. High Performance Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generators for UAVs, Phase I Option Final Report CLIN 0003; NAVAIR: Patuxent River, Ma, April 2012; pp 1-37.


Conference Proceedings:

  1. N. Schwartz, D. Zastrow, K.R. Coffey, K.J. Ziegler, T.J. Amundsen, J.J. Hill Novel Applications of Anodic Aluminum Oxide Nanopore Arrays. AICHE. 2011.
  2. J.J. Hill, K. Haller, N. Banks, K. J. Ziegler. Templated Growth and Electrostatic Manipulation of Arrayed Nanostructures. AICHE. 2010.
  3. J.J. Hill, K. Haller, N. Banks, K. J. Ziegler. Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion in Nanowire-based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Modeling, Optimization & Templated Fabrication. AICHE. 2010.
  4. J.J. Hill, K. Haller, N. Banks, K. J. Ziegler. Dye Sensitized Solar Cells with Core/Shell Nanowire Array Based Photoanodes: Modeling, Fabrication & Performance. NanoFlorida. 2009.
  5. J.J. Hill, K. Haller, K. J. Ziegler. Poster: Template Based Fabrication of Core/Shell Nanowire Arrays Directly on Transparent Conductive Oxides. NanoFlorida. 2009.
  6. J. J. Hill, K. Haller, N. Banks, K. J. Ziegler. Modeling and Fabrication of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells with Nanowire Array Based Photoanodes. Electrochemical Society National Meeting. 2009.
  7. J. J. Hill, K. J. Ziegler, Ordered Mesoporous Silica as Templates for Heterostructure Growth. American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Meeting. 2008.
  8. J. J. Hill, R. Wang, K. J. Ziegler, Poster: Interaction Energy Modeling & Separation of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes. American Chemical Society National Meeting. 2007.



  1. J. J. Hill Nanostructured Thermoelectric Elements, Other Ultra-High Aspect Ratio Structures and Hierarchical Template Methods for Growth thereof. 2011. 62277US; Application No. 12/731,295
  2. J. J. Hill and K.J. Ziegler.  Inhibition of Nanostructure Aggregation through Applied Electric Fields2010.  61/319,025.