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Max C. Deibert

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Phone 406-994-5990


Max Deibert

Dr. Max C. Deibert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Montana State University. He received a BSChE degree from Cornell University in 1960 and a ScD degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. Dr. Deibert then served as an Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT for six years (1964-1970).

During that six-year period, he conducted extensive research in surface chemistry, electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering and corrosion. Dr. Deibert was awarded three U.S. patents dealing with the discovery and development of a novel fuel cell cathode (air electrode) structure. That air electrode provided an essential basis for the design and production of 60- and 300-watt hydrazine-air fuel cell systems delivered to the U.S. Army Research & Development laboratory in 1967.

Dr. Deibert then served as an environmental consultant in private practice for 14 years (1970-1984). He returned to academia in 1984 at MSU, where he has conducted research in surface chemistry and surface oxidation. His early work at MSU included investigations into the fundamentals of the surface oxidation of both single crystal and polycrystalline elemental zirconium. Of particular interest in these studies was the oxidation state (ionic valence) of surface zirconium atoms associated with sub-monolayer oxygen chemisorption.

For the past several years, he has directed a research team investigating surface coatings on stainless steel SOFC interconnect plates with the objective of understanding their fundamental oxidation mechanisms and of developing coatings that are electrically conductive, protective and stable in the SOFC operating environment over multi-year use periods.


  • Sc.D. Chemical Engineering (May 1964) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MS
  • B.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering (May 1960), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Employment and Current Position

1984 to present Associate Professor of Chem. Engineering, Montana State University
1982-1984 President, Max C. Deibert Inc., Engineering Consulting
1980-1982 Quality Assurance Director, Northern Tier Pipeline Co.
1970-1980 Senior Project Manager, Environmental Research &Technology
1964-1970 Assistant Professor of Chem. Engineering, MIT

Research Interests

  • High Temperature Metallic Corrosion and Corrosion Protection
  • Process Design
  • Energy Conversion in Fuel Cells
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Energy Conservation
  • Economic Analysis
  • Electro-Ceramics

Teaching Experience

  • Material and Energy Balances in Chemical Processes
  • Process Design
  • Heat Exchange Systems
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Experimental Design, Performance, Analysis and Reporting


  • 27 Refereed Journal Articles (11 in past 3 years)
  • 8 Symposium Papers (4 in past 3 years)
  • 3 U.S. Patents (on Energy Conversion Systems)
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