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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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Bahareh Alsa Tavakoli Mehrabadi

Research interests are in the studies of corrosion, electrochemistry and fuel cell. Research activities involve synthesis and characterization of electrochemically active electrocatalyst, mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems like fuel cells, and corrosion of advanced materials in high-temperature molten salt heat transfer fluids. 

Garrick Taylor

Taylor Garrick

A Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Research interests include alternative energy and hydrogen production, fuel cells, batteries, electrolyzers, and electrocatalysts. Current research projects include "Hydrogen Production in the Hybrid Sulfur Electrolyzer", "Bimetallic Catalysts for Methanol and Ethanol Oxidations", and "Modeling Volume Change due to Intercalation into Porous Electrodes."

Cody Wilkins

Cody Wilkins

Cody Wilkins - Has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working toward his PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is currently focusing on the Hybrid Sulfur system used for the production of hydrogen, and doing modeling work.

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Pongsarun Satjaritanun

Pongsarun (Boom) - Has B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He is currently working toward his graduate degree in Chemical Engineering. His current research studies involve multi-scale simulation of PEMFC, Perfect Mixing, and the design of Falling Particles Receiver in thermochemical hydrogen production cycle.

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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. student. Research interests are in the field of Electrochemical Engineering 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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Niloofar Kamyab

Niloofar has a B.S. & M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Iran. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering. Her research interests are in the studies of electrochemistry, batteries and fuel cells.

 

Undergraduate Students

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Leah McGovern

An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College. She spent the end of her freshman year shadowing Bahareh, a graduate student in Dr. Weidner's research group whose project focus was "The Effects of System Contaminants on Fuel Cell Performance."

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Jacob Przywara

An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College. He is now working with hybrid sulfur electrolyzer with our Ph.D. student, Taylor Garrick.

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Zachary Roberts  

An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College. He currently receive the Magellan Scholarship to perform the research on Lattice Boltzmann Method CFD of PEMFC gas diffusion and catalyst layers.

Charles Staub

Charles Staub

An undergraduate student from the Chemical Engineering department. Research experiences include a co-op program at the DoE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, researching the effects of system contaminants on PEM Fuel Cell performance. He is currently working at General Motors to help develop PEM Fuel Cells for automotive applications.

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Michaella Hoffman

An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College.

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Matthew Adamski

An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College.

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Joanne Wu

An undergraduate student from the Mechanical Engieering Department. Joanne is also a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computing.

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Dennis Coe

 An undergraduate student from the South Carolina Honor College. He is working on modeling the hybrid sulfur electrolyzer in Aspen Plus.

 

Research Collaborators and Visiting Scholars

Prof. Joongpyo Shim, Department of Nano & Chemical Engineering, Kunsan National University, South Korea.

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.

Prof. Yottana Khunatorn, Deputy Director, Energy Research and Development Institute-Nakornping, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

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

Prof. Akkarat WongkaewAssociate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Burapha University, Thailand.

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.

Dr. Nattawut Jaruwasupant, Energy Research and Development Institute-Nakornping, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

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.

Dr. Sumonrat Riyapan, Department of Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

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.

Dr. Attakorn Asanakham, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

 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.

 Dr. Thoranis Deethayat, Department of Mechanical ,Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

 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.

Mr. Korawat Wuttigid, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

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.