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Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7301
(662) 915-7300 (fax)

Charles Hussey


Professor and Chair; Fellow of The Electrochemical Society


Contact Information

Office: 322 Coulter Hall
Phone: 662-915-7301
Email: chclh AT chem1.olemiss.edu

Educational and Professional Background

B.S., University of Mississippi, 1971
Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1974
Research Chemist, Frank J. Seiler Research Lab, United States Air Force Academy, 1974-1978

Research Interests: Electrochemistry and transport properties of room-temperature ionic liquids, especially chloroaluminates; electrodeposition of metal and alloy films; transition metal electrochemistry; electrochemical processing of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive fuel-processing waste

Research Summary

Our current research efforts are directed at the electrochemistry and transport properties of a variety of room-temperature ionic liquids. Two classes of these ionic solvents that are of particular interest are the organic chloroaluminates with adjustable Lewis acidity, such as aluminum chloride-1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, and inert hydrophobic ionic liquids such as tri-1-butylmethylammonium bis((trifluoromethane)sulfonyl)imide. Projects under investigation include electrochemical processing of spent nuclear fuel components, electrodeposition of corrosion-resistant, non-equilibrium aluminum-transition metal alloys, and measurement of the heterogeneous kinetics of outer-sphere redox couples in highly viscous ionic liquid solutions.

Recent Publications

T. Tsuda, C. L. Hussey, and G. R. Stafford, “Electrodeposition of Aluminum-Hafnium Alloys from the Lewis Acidic Aluminum Chloride-1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Molten Salt”, J. Electrochem. Soc., submitted.

T. Tsuda and C. L. Hussey, “Electrochemistry of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids and Melts,” in Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry, R. E. White and C. G. Vayenas, Editors, Springer, Munich (2008).

T. Tsuda, S. Arimoto, S. Kuwabata, and C. L. Hussey, “Electrodeposition of Al-Mo-Ti Ternary Alloys in the Lewis Acidic Aluminum Chloride–1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid,” J. Electrochem. Soc., in press (2008).

T. Tsuda and C. L. Hussey, “Electrodeposition of Photocatalytic AlInSb Semiconductor Alloys in the Lewis Acidic Aluminum Chloride-1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid,” Thin Solid Films, in press (2008).

T. Tsuda and C. L. Hussey, "Electrochemical Applications of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids," Interface, 16, 42-49 (2007).

P.-Y. Chen and C. L. Hussey, "The Electrodeposition of Mn and Zn-Mn Alloys from the Room-Temperature Tri-1-butylmethylammonium bis((trifluoromethane)sulfonyl)imide Ionic Liquid," Electrochim. Acta, 52, 1857-1864 (2007).

T. Tsuda, H. Luo, S. Dia, C. L. Hussey, "Electrochemical Recovery of Cesium Extracted from Simulated Tank Waste with an Ionic Liquid: Effects of Water and Oxygen," J. Electrochem. Soc., 153, D171-D176 (2006).

M. Deetleefs, C. L. Hussey, T. J. Mohammed, K. R. Seddon, J.-A. van den Berg, and J. A. Zora, “Uranium Halide Complexes in Ionic Liquids: An Electrochemical and Structural Study,” J. Chem. Soc, Dalton Trans., 2334-2341 (2006).

T. Tsuda, C. L. Hussey, T. Nohira, Y. Ikoma, K. Yamauchi, R. Hagiwara, and Y. Ito, “Anodic Hydrogen Electrode Reaction in Aluminum Chloride-1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Ionic Liquids,” Electrochemistry (Japan),73, 644-650 (2005).[Chosen as best paper of the year by the Electrochemical Society of Japan.]

M. Johnson, J.-J. Lee, G. S. Chottiner, B. Miller, T. Tsuda, C. L. Hussey, and D. A. Scherson, “Electrochemistry in Ultrahigh Vacuum: Underpotential Deposition of Al on Polycrystalline W and Au from Room Temperature AlCl3/1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Melts,” J. Phys. Chem., 109, 11296-11300 (2005).

P.-Y. Chen and C. L. Hussey, “Electrochemistry of Ionophore-Coordinated Cs and Sr Ions in the Tri-1-butylmethylammonium Bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide Ionic Liquid,” Electrochim. Acta, 50, 2533 (2005).

T. Tsuda, C. L. Hussey, and G. R. Stafford, “Electrodeposition of Al-Mo-Mn Alloys from the Lewis Acidic AlCl3-EtMeImCl Molten Salt”, J. Electrochem. Soc., 152, C620-C625 (2005).