Finding Aid for the

Willard Grubb Papers,

1951-1986 (bulk 1964-1986)

 

2.3 Linear Ft.

 

Finding Aid Compiled by

Joshua Hauck-Whealton

March 2010

 

Schenectady Museum Archives

15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890, ext. 241

archives@schenectadymuseum.org

 

Creation of this finding aid was supported by a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

 

 

 

 

Biographical Note:

 

Willard Thomas Grubb received his Masters degree and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1949.  He immediately joined GE's research lab, and spent the next 38 years as a research chemist. Much of his work dealt with organo-silicon compounds.  In the 1950’s he helped to develop the ion-exchange membrane systems that became part of the first hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells.

 

These fuel cells, using a proton-conducting solid ion-exchange membrane as electrolyte, were used for power generation in the Gemini Spacecraft.  As a result of his work, Grubb gained a patent on the ion-membrane fuel cell and became known as the expert of fuel cells. 

 

Grubb produced or collaborated on over 40 technical papers and received 26 patents during his career.  In 1973, he was elected as a Coolidge Fellow, GE’s highest scientific honor.  

 

 

Scope and Content Note:

 

This collection mostly consists of technical materials relating to Grubb’s work with fuel cells, though mostly after his famous work with hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells.  These materials include experimental data, notebooks, reports and articles. 

 

 

Series #1: Working Papers, 1951, 1959, 1961, 1964-1983, 1985-1986, undated.  1 linear ft. Organized Alphabetically

 

This series consists of the notebooks, experimental data, patents and other materials used or created during Grubb’s work at General Electric. 

 

Series #2: Reports, 1955, 1962-1967, 1973, 1977-1979, 1981-1986, undated.  1 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

These reports, mostly printed by General Electric, were collected by Grubb during his time there.  Many deal with his work on fuel cells.

 

Series #3: Articles, 1957, 1959, 1961-1965, 1968, 1971-1979, 1981-1986, undated. .3 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

These are scholarly journal articles collected by Grubb during his time at General Electric.  Most are in English, with a few exceptions in German.

 

Series #4: Slides, 1981, undated. 2 boxes.

Organized Chronologically

 

Sets of slides from two of Grubb’s presentations.  They show equations and technical diagrams.

 

 

 

Box & Folder List

 

Series #1: Working Papers

 

Box #1

Folder:

  1. “Carbide Electrode Tests I: A to Tu” Notebook, Diagrams, Graphs, Notes, undated, Folder #1
  2. “Carbide Electrode Tests I: A to Tu” Notebook, Diagrams, Graphs, Notes, undated, Folder #2
  3. Correspondence, 1973, 1985-1986
  4. “CP, AP & Procedures” Notebook, Graph, Notes, undated
  5. “Electrodes & Electrocatalysts” Notebook, Clippings, Equations, Notes, 1961, undated
  6. “II Electrode Records: Numbers 500-, Inclusive,” Notebook, Graphs, Notes, 1967, undated
  7. Experimental Data, Palladium Electrodes, 1970
  8. Experimental Data, Palladium Electrodes, 1973
  9. Experimental Data, Permeation Experiments, undated
  10. Experimental Data, Data Print Outs, 1986
  11. Experimental Data, Tungsten Carbide Electrodes, 1967
  12. Experimental Data, ULTEM, 1985
  13. “Hydrocarbons & Electrochemistry” Notebook, Articles, Clippings, Notes, undated, Folder #1
  14. “Hydrocarbons & Electrochemistry” Notebook, Articles, Clippings, Notes, undated, Folder #2
  15. Laser Pattern, Photographs, undated
  16. “Metalizing ULTEM Progress Report,” July 9, 1985
  17. Patents, List, 1951, 1959, 1964-1969, undated
  18. Patents, 1970-1979
  19. Patents, 1981-1983, 1985
  20. Performance Reviews, 1982-1983
  21. Photomicrographs, undated
  22. “Series III Anodes” Notebook, Graphs, Notes, 1968, Folder #1
  23. “Series III Anodes” Notebook, Graphs, Notes, 1968, Folder #2
  24. “ULTEM Circuit Boards, Progress Reports” April 8, 1985

 

Series #2: Reports

 

Box #2

Folder:

 

  1. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #5, 1964
  2. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #6, 1964
  3. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #8, 1965
  4. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #9, 1966
  5. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #10, 1966
  6. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #11, 1967
  7. Hydrocarbon – Air Fuel Cells, Technical Summary Report #12, 1967
  8. “Kinetics of the Polymerization of a Cyclic Dimethylsiloxane,” Grubb, Osthoff, 1955
  9. Memo Report Series, 1958, 1978, 1985
  10. “Patterned Metallization of GE Engineering Plastics,” 1985
  11. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Final Technical Summary Report, 1962
  12. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Final Technical Summary Report, 1962
  13. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #1, 1962
  14. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #2, 1962
  15. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #2, 1962
  16. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #2, 1962
  17. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #3, 1963
  18. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #3, 1963
  19. Saturated Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Program, Technical Summary Report #4, 1963
  20. Technical Information Series Reports, 1965, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985
  21. “Water Analysis Handbook,” 1981
  22. “XPS Analysis of UV-Irradiated ULTEM Surfaces,” undated
  23. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrosopy, Surface Analysis Reports, 1985-1986
  24. “Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry,” Conference Proceedings, 1978

 

Series #3: Articles

 

Box #3

Folder:

  1. Articles, 1905, 1957, 1959, 1961-1965
  2. Articles, 1971-1973
  3. Articles, 1975-1979
  4. Articles, 1981-1985
  5. Articles, 1985-1986
  6. Articles, undated
  7. Article Reprints, undated
  8. Laser Assisted Metal Deposition, Articles, 1985
  9. Photopatterning, Articles, 1968, 1976, 1981, 1985-1986
  10. “Zinc Talk,” Article Reprints, 1976

 

Series #4: Slides

 

Box#1:”Development of a new Biomedical Sensor,” Visiting Faculty Talk, 1981

Box#2: “New Electrochemical Sensors” Presentation, undated