Andrea Ambrosini

/Andrea Ambrosini
Andrea Ambrosini

Andrea Ambrosini

R&D S&E, Chemistry

Phone: (505) 284-1340


Dr. Ambrosini’s current research involves the research and development of materials for renewable energy applications. She has led projects in the topics of solar selective absorptive coatings and thermochemical energy storage for concentrating solar power, as well as solar thermochemical CO2 and H2O splitting for renewable hydrogen and fuel production. Additional research interests include solid oxide electrolyzers, high temperature ceramic membranes, and transparent conducting oxide materials.  She has over 30 peer reviewed publications, 1 published patent and 6 patents pending.

Dr. Ambrosini received her BS in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). Prior to joining Sandia National Laboratories, she was a post-doctoral fellow for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Laboratoire CRISMAT in Caen, France.


Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, May 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Inorganic Chemistry, Northwestern University, December 2000

Research Interests & Responsibilities:

Materials for CSP
Solar-thermal chemistry
Thermochemical energy storage
Solar receiver coatings

Key Publications

  • Ambrosini, A., A. Boubault, C. K. Ho, L. Banh, J. R. Lewis, “Influence of Application Parameters on Stability of Pyromark® 2500 Receiver Coatings,” Energy Proced. 2019. Submitted.
  • Miller, J. E., S. M. Babiniec, A. Ambrosini, “Renewable hydrogen production via thermochemical/electrochemical coupling,” Sol. Energ.-T ASME 2019. Submitted.
    • Schieber, G. L., E. B. Stechel, A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller, P. G. Loutzenhiser, “H2O splitting via a two-step solar thermoelectrolytic cycle based on non-stoichiometric ceria redox reactions: Thermodynamic analysis,” J. Hydrogen Energ. 42, no. 30 (2017): 18785-18793.
    • Boubault, A., C. K. Ho, A. Hall, T. N. Lambert, A. Ambrosini, “Durability of solar absorber coatings and their cost-effectiveness,” Energ. Mat. Sol. C 166, (2017): 176-184.
  • Babiniec, S. M., A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller, “Thermodynamic assessment of an electrically-enhanced thermochemical hydrogen production (EETHP) concept for renewable hydrogen generation,” Int. J.  Hydrog. Energy.  42, no. 21 (2017): 14380-14389.
  • Boubault, A., C. K. Ho, A. Hall, T. N. Lambert, A. Ambrosini, “Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric to characterize solar absorber coatings for the CSP industry,” Renewable Energy 85, (2016): 472-483.
  • Babiniec, S. M., E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller, and A. Ambrosini,  “Doped calcium manganites for advanced high-temperature thermochemical energy storage,” J. Energy Research 40, no. 2 (2016): 280-284.
  • Babiniec, S. M., E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller, “ABO3 (A = La, Ba, Sr, K; B = Co, Mn, Fe) perovskites for thermochemical energy storage.” AIP Conference Proceedings 1734, no. 1 (2016): 050006.
  • Miller, J. E., A. Ambrosini, S. M. Babiniec, E. N. Coker, C. K. Ho, H. Al-Ansary, S. M. Jeter, P. G. Loutzenhiser, N. G. Johnson, E. B. Stechel, “High Performance Reduction/Oxidation Metal Oxides for Thermochemical Energy Storage (PROMOTES).” Proceedings of the ASME 10th International Conference on Energy Sustainability Charlotte, North Carolina, 2016.
  • Boubault, A., C. K. Ho, A. Hall, T. N. Lambert, and A. Ambrosini,“Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric to characterize solar absorber coatings for the CSP industry,” Renewable Energy 85, no. 472 (2015).
  • Babiniec, S. M., E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller, and A. Ambrosini, “Investigation of LaxSr1−xCoyM1−yO3−δ(M = Mn, Fe) Perovskite Materials as Thermochemical Energy Storage Media,” Solar Energy 118, no. 0 (2015): 451.
  • Ambrosini, A., T. N. Lambert, A. Boubault, A. Hunt, D. Davis, D. Adams,  and A. Hall, “Thermal Stability of Oxide-Based Solar Selective Coatings for CSP Central Receivers.” Proceedings of the ASME 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 2015; V001T05A022.
  • Miller, J. E., A. Ambrosini, E. N. Coker, M. D. Allendorf, A. H. McDaniel, “Advancing oxide materials for thermochemical production of solar fuels,” Energy Procedia 49, (2014).
  • McDaniel, A. H., A. Ambrosini, E. N. Coker, J. E. Miller, W. C. Chueh, R. O’Hayre, J. Tong,  “Nonstoichiometric Perovskite Oxides for Solar Thermochemical H2 and CO Production,” Energy Procedia 49 (2014): 2009.
  • Ho, C. K., A. R. Mahoney, A. Ambrosini, M. Bencomo, A. Hall, and T. N. Lambert, “Characterization of Pyromark 2500 Paint for High-Temperature Solar Receivers,” Sol. Energ.-T ASME 136, no. 1 (2014): 014502.
  • McDaniel, A. H., E. C. Miller, D. Arifin, A. Ambrosini, et al., “Sr-doped and Mn-substituted LaAlO3-δ for Solar Thermochemical Hand CO Production,” Environ. Eng. 6, no. 1 (2013): 2424.
  • Coker, E. N., M. A. Rodriguez, A. AmbrosiniJ. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel, “Using in-situ techniques to probe high-temperature reactions: thermochemical cycles for the production of synthetic fuels from CO2 and water,” Powder Diffr. 27, no. 2 (2012): 117.
  • Hall, A., A. Ambrosini, C. K. Ho, “Solar Selective Coatings for CSP Central Receivers,” Mater. & Proc. (ASM), 170, no. 1 (2012): 28.
  • Coker, E. N., J. A. Ohlhausen, A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller, “Oxygen transport and isotopic exchange in iron oxide/YSZ thermochemically-active materials via splitting of C(18O)2 at high temperature studied by thermogravimetric analysis and secondary ion mass spectrometry,”  Mater. Chem. 22, no. 14 (2012): 6726.
  • Ambrosini, A., T. N. Lambert, M. Bencomo, A. Hall, K. van Every, N. P. Siegel,  and C. K. Ho, “Improved high temperature solar absorbers for use in concentrating solar power central receiver applications.” Proceedings of the ASME 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability 2011, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 2012; 587.
  • Coker, E. N., A. Ambrosini, M. A. Rodriguez, J. E. Miller, “Ferrite-YSZ Composites for Solar Thermochemical Production of Synthetic Fuels: In Operando Characterization of CO2,” J. Mater. Chem. (2011).
  • Ambrosini, A., E. N. Coker, M. A. Rodriguez, S. Livers, L. R. Evans, J. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel, “Synthesis and Characterization of Ferrite Materials for Thermochemical COSplitting Using Concentrated Solar Energy.” Advances in COConversion and Utilization, Symposium Series 1056:1-13, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • Ambrosini, A, T. Garino, T. M. Nenoff, “Synthesis and characterization of the double-substituted perovskites LaxSr1- xCo1-yMnyO3-δ for use in high-temperature oxygen separations,” Solid State Ionics, 117, no. 26 (2006): 2275.
  • Ambrosini, A., S. Malo, K. R. Poeppelmeier, M. Lane, C. R. Kannewurf, T. O. Mason, “Zinc-Doping in Cosubstituted In2-2xSnxZnxO3-d.” Mater. 14, no. 1 (2002): 52.
  • Ambrosini, A., G. B. Palmer, K. R. Poeppelmeier, A. Maignan, M. Lane, P. Brazis, C. R. Kannewurf, T. Hogan, T. O. Mason, “Variable-Temperature Electrical Measurements of Zinc Oxide/Tin Oxide-Cosubstituted Indium Oxide,” Mater.  14, no. 1 (2002): 58.
  • Ambrosini, A., A. Duarte, K. R. Poeppelmeier, M. Lane, C. R. Kannewurf, T. O. Mason, “Electrical, Optical, and Structural Properties of the Tin-Doped In2O3-M2O3Solid Solutions (M=Y, Sc),” Solid State Chem. 153, no. 1 (2000): 41.