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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Fanglin (Frank) Chen

Title: Associate Chair and Undergraduate Director, Mechanical Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-4875
Fax: 803-777-0106
Office: Room 335, Horizon I Building
541 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center
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Dr. Chen’s research interests include synthesis and characterization of materials for energy conversion and storage, catalysis and electrocatalysis, composition, structure & property relationship, ionic and electronic conducting ceramics, solid oxide fuel cells, solid oxide electrolysis cells, and gas separation membranes.


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China 1995
  • B.S., Chemistry, Anhui University, Hefei, China, 1992

Selected Publications

  • Y. Lin, S. Fang, D. Su, K.S. Brinkman, F. Chen, "Enhancing Grain Boundary Ionic Conductivity in Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductors", Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6824 (2015).
  • Y. Chen, Y. Lin, Y. Zhang, S. Wang, D. Su, Z. Yang, M. Han, F. Chen, "Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Hierarchically Porous Cathode Nano-Network", Nano Energy 8 (2014) 25-33.
  • S. Fang, S. Wang, K. Brinkman, F. Chen, "A Sinteractive Ni-BaZr0.8Y0.2O3-δ Composite Membrane for Hydrogen Separation". Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2 (2014) 5825-5833.
  • S. Wang, Y. Chen, S. Fang, L. Zhang, M. Tang, K. An, K. Brinkman, F. Chen, "Novel Chemically Stable Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82-xYxO9-δ Proton Conductor: Improved Proton Conductivity through Tailored Cation Ordering", Chemistry of Materials 26 (2014) 2021−2029.
  • Y. Chen, Y. Zhang, Y. Lin, D. Su, Z. Yang, M. Han, F. Chen, "Direct-Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Hierarchically Porous Ni-based Anode Deposited with Nanocatalyst Layer", Nano Energy 10 (2014) 1–9.
  • L. Chen, F. Chen, C. Xia, "Direct Synthesis of Methane from CO2-H2O Co-Electrolysis in Tubular Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells", Energy & Environmental Science 7 (2014) 4018-4022.
  • G. Xiao, S. Nuansaeng, L. Zhang, S. Suthirakun, A. Heyden, H.-C. zur Loye, F. Chen, "Enhanced Reducibility and Conductivity of Na/K-Doped SrTi0.8Nb0.2O3", Journal of Materials Chemistry A 1 (2013) 10546–10552.
  • C. Yang, Z. Yang, C. Jin, G. Xiao, F. Chen, M. Han, "Sulfur-Tolerant Redox-Reversible Anode Material for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells", Advanced Materials 24 (2012) 1439–1443.
  • G. Xiao, F. Chen, "Ni modified Ceramic Anodes for Direct-Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cells", Electrochemistry Communications 13 (2011) 57–59.
  • Q. Liu, X. Dong, G. Xiao, F. Zhao, F. Chen, "A Novel Electrode Material for Symmetrical SOFCs", Advanced Materials 22 (2010) 5478-5482.

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