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College of Engineering and Computing

Members of the Team

By supporting industrial research and development, creating partnerships with State and Federal agencies, and overcoming key technical obstacles to fuel cell utilization, the Fuel Cells Research can become an invaluable technological incubator for the fuel cell industry.

Faculty

 

Graduate Students

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Drew Pereira

Drew is from St. Louis, MO, has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Research interests are in the field of Electrochemistry and include battery modeling and modeling of other electrochemical systems. His hobbies include golfing, riding his motorcycle, and watching the St. Louis Blues.

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Joseph Lopata

Joe is from Little Falls, NY and received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Interests are electrochemical modeling of batteries and fuel cells. He is currently involved in hybrid sulfur work and a metal hydride hydrogen compressor project and will be travelling to Chiang Mai University in January to work on developing a flow battery system.

Kris Likit-anurak

Kris has B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He is currently working toward his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering. His current research studies involve a metal hydride hydrogen compressor and redox flow batteries project.

Mitchell Sepe

Mitchell received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of South Carolina. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. His research interests are in the area of transport phenomena in Fuel Cells and Electrolyzer using Lattice Boltzmann Method.

 

Undergraduate Students

Ashton Aleman

 

Colleen Jackson

 

Hunter Teel

 

John Weiss

John is a Chemical Engineering student with experience in electrocatalysis, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and density functional theory (DFT) for both fuel cell and hydrogen production applications. Following a six-month internship with Dr. Piotr Zelenay at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he will be returning to campus for Fall 2020.

 

Alumni

Graduation, May 2020

Graduation, May 2020

Multi-scale Modeling Transport Study inside Porous Layer of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell using Direct Numerical Simulation

Graduation, May 2020

 Graduation, May 2017

Predicting Volume Change in Li-Ion Batteries

Graduation, May, 2017

Mathematical Modeling of Transport and Corrosion Phenomenon Inside High Temperature Molten Salt Systems

Graduation, December, 2016

Novel Biofabrication Technologies to Recapitulate In Vivo Geometrics in Collagen Hydrogels

Graduation, December, 2014

Synthesis and Characterization of Catalyst Supports used in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Graduation, December, 2011

Catalyst Development for Electrolysis in Thermochemical Cycles

Graduation, August, 2011

 Effect of Impurities on PEM Fuel Cells Performance

Graduation, May, 2011

 H2 Production via SO2 Electrolysis

Graduation, May, 2009

 Characterizing a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

Graduation, May, 2007

Effect of H2S on PEM Fuel Cells Performance

Graduation, December, 2006

Non-Precious Metal Oxygen Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells

Graduation, December, 2006 (co-adviser B. Popov)

Electrochemistry of Superoxide Ions in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids and Its Application to Green Engineering

Graduation, August, 2004

Electrochemical Removal of CO from Fuel-Cell Reformate

Graduation, December, 2003

Heat Generation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Graduation, May, 2003 (co-adviser R. E. White)

Development of CO Tolerant Anodes for PEM Fuel Cells

Graduation, August, 2002 (co-adviser R. E. White)

Synthesis and Characterization of Materials for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

Graduation, August, 2000

Design and Operation of Electrochemical Flow Reactors

Graduation, August, 1998

Analysis of Lithium/Thionyl-Chloride Batteries

Graduation, August, 1998

Water Transport in PEM Anhydrous HCl Electrolyzers

Graduation, August, 1998

 

 

Research Collaborators and Visiting Scholars

A collaborator of Dr. John Weidner whose research activities include the synthesis and characterization of Perovskite materials as highly active electrocatalysts for cathode in Zinc-air rechargeable batteries and alkaline fuel cells.

A collaborator of Dr. Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities include biomas to bioenergy, fuel cells,  energy storage system, and numerical simulation.

A collaborator of Dr. John Monnier, Dr. John Weidner, and Dr. Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities include the development of the catalyst systems having higher surface/volume ratios of Pt particles for ORR of PEM fuel cells. Electroless deposition (ED) is used as a catalyst preparation method.

A collaborator of Dr. Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities include the effect of custom gas diffusion medias on PEM fuel cell using hydrocarbon membrane, characterize the custom made MEAs, and using CFD tool to understand the local distributions on custom made MEAs.

A collaborator of Drs. John Monnier and John Weidner whose research activities include investigating the characteristics and catalytic properties of TiO2 supported bimetallic Pd-Ag catalysts prepared by electroless deposition method in the selective acetylene hydrogenation.

A collaborator of Drs. John Monnier, John Regalbuto, Chris Williams, and Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities include fundamental understanding of model system and experiment of Hydrodeoxygenation (HDD): Stirring reactor systems, feeding process, and analysis using gas chromatography with thermal conductivity detector.
A collaborator of Drs. John Monnier, John Regalbuto, Chris Williams, and Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities fundamental understanding of model system and experiment of Hydrodeoxygenation (HDD): Packed bed reactor system, feeding process, and Detector analysis using gas chromatography with thermal conductivity detector.
A collaborator of Dr. Sirivatch Shimpalee whose research activities include optimization of PEM Fuel Cell performance in single cell and stack and simulation of PEM Fuel Cell model. 

  


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