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Paul A. Kohl

Regents' Professor, Hercules, Inc./Thomas L. Gossage Chair, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Paul Kohl

Dr. Paul Kohl received a B.S. degree from Bethany College in 1974 and Ph.D. from The University of Texas, both in Chemistry. After graduation, Dr. Kohl was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ from 1978 to 1989. During that time, he was involved in new chemical processes for silicon and compound semiconductor devices and their packaging. In 1989, Dr. Kohl joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where he is currently a Regents' Professor. He is also the past Editor of Journal of The Electrochemical Society and past founding editor of Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters.

Dr. Kohl's research interests include new materials and processes for advanced interconnects for integrated circuits and electrochemical energy devices for energy conversion and storage. Dr. Kohl is the Director of the MARCO Interconnect Focus Center whose goal is to create new technological solutions for interconnects in Giga-scale integrated circuits. He also has programs in new approaches to fuel cells and lithium batteries. The new direct methanol alkaline fuel cells and hybrid alkaline/acid fuel cells have the potential reduced water management and platinum free usage. The integration of high energy density lithium batteries for self-powered integrated circuits and sensors is also a research area of interest. Many of these electrochemical devices use ionic liquids as the electrolytes, including the all-sodium battery. Ionic liquids are also being used as the absorber in a new absorption refrigeration cycle. The first ever ionic liquid/fluorocarbon absorption refrigeration cycle has been demonstrated and modeled by his research group.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Creative new approaches to electrochemical energy conversion and storage
  • Creation of new electronic materials for interconnect and packaging


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2008, Thomas D. Callinan Award, Electrochemical Society
  • 2001, Carl Wagner Memorial Award, Electrochemical Society
  • Fellow, Electrochemical Society
  • 2013, Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award
  • 2006, Hercules, Inc./Thomas L. Gossage Chair
  • Director, Kohl Group, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Faculty, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Chemistry, The University of Texas, 1978
Chemistry, The University of Texas, 1974