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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells research group

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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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.

Nicholas Szargo

Nicholas Szaro

Nicholas Szaro has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. In conjunction with Dr. Andreas Heyden, he is working on designing perovskite anode materials for SOFCs via density functional theory (DFT) and continuum modeling. His hobbies include tennis, reading periodicals and watching both NCAA football and the NFL.

Shiv Maddi Reddy

Shiv Madi-Reddy

Shiv joined the research group at UofSC as a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering in August 2018. He graduated from IIT (BHU)-Varanasi, India, with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering. He has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from University at Buffalo (SUNY). His research interest is in mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems. Outside of academics and research, his hobbies are PC gaming, playing table tennis and racquetball and following soccer.

Kris Likit-anurak

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.

 

Undergraduate Students

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Hailey Boyer

 Hailey is an undergraduate student studying Chemical Engineering. Her research interests are in the renewable energy field, specifically the hybrid Sulfur (Hy-S) process for generation of Hydrogen. She will be spending the Spring 2018 semester at NREL focusing on incorporating solar energy into the Hy-S process. 

Michael Brizes

Michael Brizes

Mike is a chemical engineering undergraduate stundent. His interests are in chemical fuel cells and CFD modeling. He currently works under Dr. Shimpalee measuring pore size distributions of gas diffusion layers.

Mitchell Sepe

Mitchell Sepe

Mitchell is an undergraduate student studying Chemical Engineering. His research interests are in renewable energy and energy storage. He currently works under Dr. Vatch looking at pore distributions of GDL samples.

Niklas Siebert

Niklas Siebert

Niklas is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering. His research is currently focused on modeling two-phase flows in the gas diffusion layers of operating fuel cells.

John Weiss

John Weiss

John is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Working under Dr. Weidner, his primary research interests are in catalysis testing for electrochemical applications, such as hydrogen fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, and the hybrid sulfur cycle. In addition, he will be studying and continuing his research at Chiang Mai University in Thailand for the Spring 2019 semester.

Versha Gopel

Virsha Gopal

 

 

Alumni

 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.