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Dr. Ken Reifsnider will lead the University's Energy Frontier Research Center.
Dr. Ken Reifsnider will lead the University's Energy Frontier Research Center.

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EFRC researchers nationwide will use the latest technology to advance the study of solar energy, biofuels, transportation, energy efficiency, electricity storage and transmission, clean-coal energy and nuclear energy.

Reifsnider’s team includes Dr. Frank Chen and Dr. Chris Xue, mechanical engineering; Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye, chemistry and biochemistry; and Dr. Andreas Heyden, chemical engineering.

Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider
Title: Chair, University of South Carolina's Center for Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells; director, University's Future Fuels Initiative; and professor of mechanical engineering
Research Interests: Reifsnider, former director of the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, is an expert in the study of composite materials, specifically their application to fuel cells. He specializes in solid-oxide fuel cells, which offer greatest energy conversion efficiency compared to other fuel-cell types. 

Dr. Frank Chen
Title: Assistant professor, department of mechanical engineering
Research Interests: Chen's research interests include the synthesis and characterization of materials for energy conversion and storage, microstructure property relationship, electroceramics and solid-state ionic devices, electrochemical performance evaluation, materials and designs for solid-oxide fuel cells. Before joining the university’s faculty, Chen was a senior staff engineer for the United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut, where he led the solid-oxide fuel-cell and stack electrochemical-testing activities. 

Dr. Xingjian “Chris” Xue
Title: Assistant professor, department of mechanical engineering
Research Interests: Xue’s research and interests include fuel cells, electrochemical reactors and transport phenomenon in porous media, diagnosis of complex material systems through advanced measurement and modeling techniques, smart material and structural dynamics, controls with applications in mechanical and energy systems, multi-scale multi-physics modeling and numerical computation.

Dr. Andreas Heyden
Title: Assistant professor, department of chemical engineering
Research Interests: Heyden’s research interests are in the areas of nanomaterial science and heterogeneous catalysis. His lab is working to use computer simulations to obtain a molecular  understanding of key issues in these areas, such as the self-assembly process in catalyst synthesis, the structure of small metal clusters on high-surface-area supports, and the structure-performance relationship of single-site heterogeneous catalysts. 

Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye
Title: David W. Robinson Palmetto Professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Research Interests: zur Loye’s research interests include inorganic materials chemistry; synthesis of novel solid-state materials and characterization of their physical properties; investigation of cooperative structure-property relationships; crystal growth of low-dimensional oxides and investigation of their electronic and magnetic properties; the synthesis of organic/inorganic framework materials; and synthesis of polymer nanocomposites.

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