Chemistry and Biochemistry

Joseph Teprovich

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Assistant Professor
(818) 677-4239
Office location:
EH 2305



Ph.D Chemistry, Lehigh University, 2008
B.S. Chemistry, DeSales University, 2003
B.S. Environmental Science, DeSales University, 2003


Savannah River National Laboratory, 2009-2011
Lehigh University, 2008-2009


Sandia National Lab (Livermore, CA) Visiting Faculty (via DOE-Visiting Faculty Program), 2021
Savannah River National Laboratory, Principal Scientist, 2011-2017


University of South Carolina – Aiken, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Adjunct Professor, 2014-2017
DeSales University, Chemistry Department, Adjunct Professor, 2008-2009


CHEM 101, General Chemistry I
Chemistry 321, Analytical Chemistry I
Chemistry 321L, Analytical Chemistry I Lab
Chemistry 595O, Chemistry of Energy


Material development for energy storage and conversion devices

Students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of analytical instrumentation and techniques related to energy storage and conversion including: UV-vis, fluorometer, potentiostat/electrochemistry, inert atmosphere glovebox operation, battery cell assembly and testing, and maintaining an electronic notebook.

 1.  Fluorescent carbon nanomaterials – Due to the unique nature of carbon it can adopt many different structural allotropes:  3-D (diamond, graphite), 2-D (graphene), 1-D (nanotube), or 0-D (fullerene).  Each of these allotropes have unique photophysical properties allowing them to interact with various wavelengths of light. This has led to their utilization in various applications from biological imaging to fluorescent polymers.  The research from this lab will develop novel carbon based nanocomposite materials that can be utilized as multimodal imaging agents in biological systems and for energy down conversion devices such as LEDs.

 2.   Solid state electrolytes Current lithium ion batteries are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, however, there is an inherent safety risk associated with their use.  This is due to the poor stability of the flammable organic electrolyte solution utilized to shuttle the lithium ions between the anode and the cathode during charging and discharging.  The goal of this project is to replace the liquid electrolyte with a solid one that eliminates the fire risk.  Additionally, the use of solid electrolytes will also allow for the use of high capacity and higher voltage anodes and cathodes that can increase the energy density of the battery.

 3.  High capacity nano-carbon composite anodes– In commercially available lithium ion batteries, the anode material is typically graphite.  While graphite has an acceptable capacity and good cycle stability, a much more stable and higher capacity anode material is needed for the next generation of lithium ion batteries to meet mobile and transportation requirements.  This has led to the development of various high surface area carbon composite materials that have a much higher stability and capacity than graphite.  Additionally, these materials can also reversibly store other alkali (Na+, K+) and alkaline earth (Ca2+, Mg2+) metals.  These metals are an less expensive and more abundant than lithium.  This project will focus on the understanding the fundamental interaction(s) of these metals with the carbon nanostructure which will aid development of nano-carbon composite anodes that can reversibly interact with these metal ions for new battery chemistries.


  1. “Closo-borate gel polymer electrolytes with remarkable electrochemical stability and a wide operating temperature window” M. Green, K. Kaydanik, M. Orozco,  L. Hanna, M. Marple, A. Fessler, W.B. Jones, V. Stavila, P.A. Ward, J.A. Teprovich Jr. Advanced Science, 2022, 9, 2106032.
  2. “Influence of Solvent System on the Electrochemical Properties of a closo-borate Electrolyte Salt” M. Green, H. Simonyan, K. Kaydanik, J.A. Teprovich, Jr. Applied Science, 2022, 12, 2273.
  3. “Synergistic effect of nanoionic destabilization and partial dehydrogenation for enhanced ionic conductivity in MBH4-C60 (M = Li+, Na+) nanocomposites” J.A. Santos, P. Simon, A.R. Bernot Jr., C. Babasi, P.A. Ward, S. Hwang, R. Zidan, J.A. Teprovich, Jr., J. Soid State Electrochem. 2021, 25, 1441-1452.
  4. “Time-Resolved Shadowgraph Photography of Laser-Heated Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles in Water” D. Stavich, B. Nestoiter, D. Gonzalez, A. Freund, X. Buelna, K. Wang, J.A. Teprovich, Jr., J. Eloranta, J. Phys Chem C, 2020, 124, 14022-14029.
  5. “Hydrogenated C60 as high-capacity stable anode materials for Li-ion batteries”, J.A. Teprovich Jr., J.A. Weeks, P.A. Ward, S.C. Tinkey, C. Huang, J. Zhou, R. Zidan, P. Jena, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2019, 2, 6453-6460.
  6. “Electrochemical extraction of hydrogen isotopes from Li/LiT mixtures”, J.A. Teprovich Jr., H.R. Colon Mercado, L. Olson, P. Ganesan, D. Babineau, B. L. Garcia-Diaz, Fusion Eng. Des., 2019, 139, 1-6.
  7. “Stability and Phase Formation in the (Li/Na)6C60–H Systems Studied by Neutron Scattering”  S. Sartori, M.N. Guzik, K.D. Knudsen, M.H. Sørby, J.A. Teprovich, Jr., R. Zidan, B.C. Hauback, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122, 18346-18355.
  8. “High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage in CaAl2” P.A. Ward, J.A. Teprovich Jr., J. He, Y. Lu, R. Zidan, J. Alloys Compd., 2018, 735, 2611-2615.
  9. “Investigation of the Reversible Lithiation of an Oxide Free Aluminum Anode by a LiBH4 Solid State Electrolyte” J.A. Weeks, S.C. Tinkey, P.A. Ward, R. Lascola, R. Zidan, J.A. Teprovich Jr.,  Inorganics, 2017, 5, 83.
  10. "Fine-tuning the fluorescence of Li and Na intercalated C60 with hydrogen” J.A. Teprovich Jr., J.A. Weeks, P. Ward, A.L. Washington, R. Zidan, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42, 22511-22517.
  11. “Investigation of Hydrogen Induced Fluorescence in C60 and its Potential use in Luminescent Down Shifting Applications   J. A. Teprovich, Jr., A. L. Washington, II, J. Dixon, P. A. Ward, J. H. Christian, B. Peters, J. Zhou, S. Giri, D. N. Sharp, J. A. Velten, R. N. Compton, P. Jena, R. Zidan, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 18760-18770.
  12. “Developing radiation tolerant polymer nanocomposites using C60 as an additive” J. H. Christian, J. A. Teprovich Jr., J. Wilson, J. C. Nicholson, T.-T. Truong, M. R. Kesterson, J. A. Velten, I. Wiedenhover, L. T. Baby, M. Anastasiou, N. Rijalb, A. L. Washington II, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 40785-40792
  13. “Technical Challenges of Thermal Energy Storage Using Hydrides” P.A. Ward, C. Corgnale, J.A.Teprovich Jr., T. Motyka, B. Hardy, D. Sheppard, C. Buckley, R. Zidan, Applied Physics A: Materials Science, 2016, 122, 462
  14. “Metal Hydrides for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Energy Storage” D.A. Sheppard, M. Paskevicius, T.D. Humphries, M. Felderhoff, P.A. Ward, J.A. Teprovich Jr., C. Corgnale, R. Zidan, C.E. Buckley, Applied Physics A: Materials Science, 2016, 122, 395
  15. “High Performance Metal Hydride Based Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Concentrating Solar Power Applications” P.A. Ward, C. Corgnale, J.A. Teprovich Jr., T. Motyka, B. Hardy, B. Peters, R. Zidan, J. Alloys Compd., 2015, 645, S374-S378
  16. “Electrochemical and Photophysical Properties of Multifunctional Li2B12H12 for use in Energy Storage and Conversion Applications” J.A. Teprovich Jr, H. Colon-Mercado, A.L. Washington II, P.A. Ward, H. Hartman, S. Greenway, D.M. Missimer, J. Velten, J.H. Christian, R. Zidan, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 22853-22859.
  17. “Li-Driven Electrochemical Conversion Reaction of AlH3, LiAlH4, and NaAlH4” J.A. Teprovich, Jr. J. Zhang, H. Colón-Mercado, F. Cuevas, B. Peters, S. Greenway, R. Zidan, M. Latroche, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 4666-4674   


  1. R. Zidan, J. A. Teprovich, T. Motyka, “Two Step Novel Hydrogen System Using Additives to Enhance Hydrogen Release from the Hydrolysis of Alane and Activated Aluminum”, Patent No.:  US 9,199,844 B2; issued December 1, 2015.
  2. A. L. Washington II, J. A. Teprovich Jr., R. Zidan “Enhanced Superconductivity of Fullerenes”, Patent No.: US 9685600; issued June 20, 2017.
  3. R. Zidan, J. A. Teprovich Jr., H. Colon-Mercado, S.Greenway “Solid State Electrolyte Composites Based on Complex Hydrides and Metal Doped Fullerenes/ Fulleranes for Batteries and Electrochemical Applications” Patent No.:  US 9,959,949 B2; issued May 1, 2018.
  4. A.L. Washington II, M.G. Serrato, J.A. Teprovich Jr. “Reinforced Radiological Containment Bag” Patent No.:  US 10,157,689 B2; issued December 18, 2018.
  5. B. L. García-Díaz, H. Colon-Mercado, J.A. Teprovich Jr., D. Babineau, and L. C. Olson, “Recovery of Tritium from a Molten Lithium Blanket,” US 10,450,660 B2; issued October 22, 2019.


Katty Kaydanik, 2021:  Novel Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Osma Gomez, 2021:  Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) as Probes of Biological Systems
Anthony R. Bernot Jr., 2021:  Photophysical Properties of Fullerene Derived Nanostructures