Joined MME in 2010

Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Laboratory


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, 2010

Research Interests

  • Hydrogen, Deuterium, Tritium and Mixtures
  • Pellet Fueling of Fusion Energy Machines
  • Thermophysical Property Modelling and Measurement
  • Rocket and Space Stage Vehicle Design
  • Cryogenics
  • Liquid Hydrogen Fueling of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV)

National and International Recognition

  • Executive Committee of the Fusion Energy Division, American Nuclear Society, 2012-2015
  • ASME K7 Committee on Thermophysical Properties

Affiliations and Awards

  • Western Association of Graduate Schools/University Manuscripts International Distinguished Thesis Award (2007)

Recent Publications

  • J. Bahrami, P. Gavin, R. Bliesner, S. Ha, P. Pedrow, A. Mehrizi-Sani, and J.W. Leachman, “Effect of Orthohydrogen-Parahydrogen Composition on Performance of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (In Press) DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.07.014
  • R. Bliesner, P. Adam, and J.W. Leachman, “Parahydrogen-orthohydrogen conversion for enhanced Vapor-Cooled Shielding of Liquid Oxygen Tanks,” AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, (In Press) DOI: 10.2514/1.T4366
  • I. Richardson, J.W. Leachman, and E.W. Lemmon, “Fundamental Equation of State for Deuterium,” Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 43 (2014) 013103.
  • J.W. Leachman, R.T Jacobsen, S.G. Penoncello, E.W. Lemmon, “Fundamental Equations of State for Parahydrogen, Normal Hydrogen, and Orthohydrogen.” Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data 38, 721-748 (2009).

Intellectual Property

  • J.W. Leachman and P. Adam, “Vapor Cooled Shielding Liner for Cryogenic Storage in Composite Pressure Vessels,” Provisional Patent Application Number 62033028, 08/4/2014.