James O. Thostenson

James is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering.

Current Research Focus

  • Electrochemical driven disinfection and treatment of human generated wastewaters
  • Improving the energy efficiency of oxidant generation in water by using in-situ surface modifications of electrode surface chemistry

Research Interests

  • Electrochemical engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Physical Characterization
  • Energy Materials

Past Experience

  • Duke University (Feb 2013 – Feb 2016)
    Shared Materials Instrument Facility (SMiF) – Research Engineer
  • American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) (Jul 2010 – Feb 2013)
    Microscopy and Imaging Facility (MIF) – Manager
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) (Aug 2008 – Jul 2010)
    Ceramic Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL) - Technical Aide
  • Bethel University (Sep 2007 – Jan 2008)
    Physics Department - Teacher’s Assistant


  • Thostenson, J. O., Mouravin, R., Hawkins, B. T., Sellgren, K. L., Ngaboyamahina, E., Piascik, J.R., Klem, E. J. D., Parker, C. B., Stoner, B. R., Deshusses, M. A. and Glass, J. T., Enhanced Wastewater Sanitation Using Potentiometric Methods from Oxidized Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes. (Under Review)
  • Thostenson, J. O., Ngaboyamahina, E., Sellgren, K. L., Hawkins, B. T., Piascik, J.R., Klem, E. J. D., Parker, C. B., Stoner, B. R., Deshusses, M. A. and Glass, J. T. (2017), Enhanced H2O2 Production at Reductive Potentials from Oxidized Ultrananocrystalline Boron Doped Diamond. ACS App. Mat. & Inter., http://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b01614
  • Misichronis, K., Chen, J., Imel, A., Kumar, R., Thostenson, J.O., Hong, K., Dadmun, M., Sumpter, B. G., Kennemur, J. G., Hadjichristidis, N., Mays, J. W., Avgeropoulos, A. (2017), Investigations on the Phase Diagram and Interaction Parameter of Poly(styrene- b -1,3-cyclohexadiene) Copolymers. Macromolecules, http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00104
  • Friedrich, J. M., Ruzicka, A., Macke, R. J., Thostenson, J. O., Rudolph, R. A., Rivers, M. L. and Ebel, D. S., (2017), Relationships among physical properties as indicators of high temperature deformation or post-shock thermal annealing in ordinary chondrites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, no. 2017
  • Dyl, K. A., Benedix, G. K., Bland, P. A., Friedrich, J. M., Spurný, P., Towner, M. C., O’Keefe, M. C., Howard, K., Greenwood, R., Macke, R. J., Britt, D. T., Halfpenny, A., Thostenson, J. O., Rudolph, R. A., Rivers, M. L., and Bevan, A. W. R. (2016), Characterization of Mason Gully (H5): The second recovered fall from the Desert Fireball Network, Meteorit. Planet. Sci., vol. 18. http://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12605
  • Copes, L. E., Lucas, L. M., Thostenson, J. O., Hoekstra, H. E.  and Boyer, D. M., (2016), A collection of non-human primate computed tomography scans housed in MorphoSource, a repository for 3D data., Science Data, 3, Article 160001. http://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.1
  • Friedrich, J. M., Ruzicka, A., Rivers, M. L., Ebel, D. S., Thostenson, J. O., & Rudolph, R. A. (2013). Metal veins in the Kernouv (H6 S1) chondrite: Evidence for pre- or syn-metamorphic shear deformation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 116, 71–83. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2013.01.009
  • Sanger, M., Thostenson, J., Hill, M., & Cain, H. (2012). Fibrous twists and turns: early ceramic technology revealed through computed tomography. Applied Physics A, 111(3), 829–839. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-012-7287-6