Jeff Gostick

Azzam-Dullien Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research interests: porous materials, electrodes, energy storageĀ 


Jeff Gostick is the Azzam-Dullien Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he runs the Porous Materials Engineering & Analysis Lab. His research is centered around understanding the structure-performance relationship in porous electrodes used in hydrogen fuel cell, redox flow systems, zinc-air cells, Li-ion batteries, and super-capacitors. His group uses a combination experimental characterization, novel production methods, and advanced custom computational tools. He is the lead developer of the open-source pore network modeling project OpenPNM (, as well as PoreSpy, a tool for porous media image analysis ( Prof Gostick is a licensed professional engineer, has published over 90 journal articles, and was recently named an Emerging Leader by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.


  • Post-doc, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • PhD, University of Waterloo
  • MASc, University of Waterloo
  • BENg, Ryerson University
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Professor Gostick's current research focuses on measuring, modelling and making porous materials for applications like electrodes for flow batteries. He recently co-authored a paper in Small about the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) to visualize porous materials in 3D.

He is also the lead developer of two open source software packages. These software packages are vital in his lab team's research into the characterization and analysis of porous material images. You can find out more by clicking here.

Publications (select)

Recent publications include:

  • Kok, M.D.R., R. Jervis, P.R. Shearing, D. Brett, and J. Gostick*, Insights into the Effect of Structural Heterogeneity in Carbonized Electrospun Fibrous Mats for Flow Battery Electrodes by X-Ray Tomography. Small. (In Press)
  • Sadeghi, M. A., Aghighi, M., Barralet, J. Gostick, J. T.*, Pore network modeling of reaction-diffusion in hierarchical porous particles: The effects of microstructure. Chemical Engineering Journal 330, 1002-1011 (2017)
  • Liu, S, MDR Kok, YW Kim, JL Baron, FR Brushett, JT Gostick*, Evaluation of Electrospun Fibrous Mats Targeted for Use as Flow Battery Electrodes. J. Electrochem. Soc. 164, A2038-A2048 (2017)
  • Lopes, J., F.-X. Colson, S. Ye, J.T. Gostick, J.E. Barralet, G. Merle, Graphene modified nanosized Ag electrocomposites. Materials Research Bulletin. 89(May), 42-50 (2016)
  • Zhang Z., J.H. Lopes, S. Ye, J. Gostick, J.E. Barralet, and G. Merle, Electrically Bloomed Platinum Nanoflowers on Exfoliated Graphene: An Efficient Alcohol Oxidation Catalyst. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 163(10), D615-D621 (2016)
  • Gostick, J.*, M. Aghighi, J. Hinebaugh, T. Tranter, M.A. Hoeh, H. Day, B. Spellacy, M. Sharqawy, A. Bazylak, A. Burns, W. Lehnert and A. Putz. OpenPNM: A Pore Network Modeling Package. Computing in Science & Engineering. 18(4), p60-74 (2016)
  • Kok, M., A. Khalifa and J. Gostick*. Multiphysics simulation of the flow battery cathode: cell architecture and electrode optimization. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 163 (7), A1408-A1419 (2016)
  • Kok, M.R.D., J. Gostick*, Transport properties of electrospun fibrous membranes with controlled anisotropy. Journal of Membrane Science. 1(473): p. 237-244 (2015)

Please see Jeff Gostick's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.