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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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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 doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering. His current research studies involve multi-scale simulation of PEMFC, Perfect Mixing, and the application of electromicrobilogy for institute bioprcess monitoring..

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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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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.

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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.

 

Undergraduate Students

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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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Blake Devivo

 Blake Devivo is an undergraduate majoring in Chemical Engineering at USC.  He works under Dr. Weidner investigating real-time biomonitoring processes using electrochemsitry.

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Hailey Boyer

 

 

Alumni

Taylor Garrick

General Motors Corporation, Pontiac, MI

Predicting Volume Change in Li-Ion Batteries

Graduation, May, 2017.

Bahareh Tavakoli

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 

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

Graduation, December, 2016.

Veronica Rodriguez

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. 

Novel Biofabrication Technologies to Recapitulate In Vivo Geometrics in Collagen Hydrogels

Graduation, December, 2014.  

Roderick Fuentes

Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC. 

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

Graduation, December, 2011.

Rui Zhang

Fuel Cell Energy, Danbury, CT.

Catalyst Development for Electrolysis in Thermochemical Cycles

Graduation, August, 2011

 Siva Balaburamanian

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

 Effect of Impurities on PEM Fuel Cells Performance

Graduation, May, 2011

 John Staser

Ohio University, Athens, OH

 H2 Production via SO2 Electrolysis

Graduation, May, 2009

Brenda Garcia

Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC

 Characterizing a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

Graduation, May, 2007

Vijay Sethuraman

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Effect of H2S on PEM Fuel Cells Performance

Graduation, December, 2006

 Lingyun Liu

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Non-Precious Metal Oxygen Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells

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

 Inas Al-Nashef

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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

Graduation, August, 2004

Balsu Lakshmanan

General Motors Corporation, Pontiac, MI

Electrochemical Removal of CO from Fuel-Cell Reformate

Graduation, December, 2003

Parthasarath Gomadam

Medtronic, Brooklyn Center, MN

Heat Generation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

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

Andrew Haug

3M, St. Paul, MN

Development of CO Tolerant Anodes for PEM Fuel Cells

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

Venkat Srinivasan

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Synthesis and Characterization of Materials for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

Graduation, August, 2000

Kamal Jha

Booz Allen Hamilton, Cleveland, OH

Design and Operation of Electrochemical Flow Reactors

Graduation, August, 1998

Mukul Jain

Senseonics, Incorporated, Germantown, MD

Analysis of Lithium/Thionyl-Chloride Batteries

Graduation, August, 1998

Sathya Motupally

Doosan Fuel Cell America, South Windsor, CT

Water Transport in PEM Anhydrous HCl Electrolyzers

Graduation, August, 1998

 

 

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.