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Congratulations to Dr. Partha Mukherjee on becoming the 10th professor produced from ECEC
A total of 10 research laboratories have been created by former post-docs and graduate students of ECEC:
Matt Mench group at University of Tennessee (2002)
Sukkee Um group at Hanyang University, Korea (2003)
Krishan Bahtia group at Rowan University (2004)
Hua Meng group at Zhejiang University, China (2005)
Ugur Pasaogullari group at University of Connecticut (2005)
Yun Wang group at University of California, Irvine (2006)
Hyunchul Ju group at Inha University, Korea (2007)
Fuqiang Liu group at University of Texas, Arlington (2006)
Kazuya Tajiri group at Michigan Technological University (2008)
Partha Mukherjee group at Texas A&M University (2007)
Note: indicated in bracket is the year of their graduation from ECEC.
Penn State BEST Day to be Held on March 21
February 18, 2011
On Monday, March 21, Penn State will officially celebrate the creation of the new Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center. The BEST Day celebration, which will highlight current research activities, will be held int he Reber Building at Penn State's University Park from noon until 6 p.m.
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Penn State Approves New Research Center in Battery and Energy Storage Technology
February 18, 2011
A new research center has been created at Penn State to confront the growing challenges in sustainable energy production and storage. The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center, co-directed by Dr. Chris Rahn, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering, will focus on addressing energy storage technologies for vehicle electrification, renewable energy and smart grids.
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Presidential Visit to Penn State Highlights University's Clean Energy Research
February 10, 2011
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering's (MNE) Battery Manufacturing Laboratory, directed by MNE's Dr. Chao-Yang Wang, Distinguished Professor and William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering, was featured in the Big Ten Network's live broadcast of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Penn State last week.
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Penn State Recognized by Elsevier Press for Contributions to Alternative Energy Research
April 2, 2010
In February, Elsevier Press published its Alternative Energy Leadership Study, ranking Penn State fifth in total number of alternative energy papers and first in fuel cell papers.
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ECEC work was cited 1288 times in 2009 according to ISI Web of Science, and six papers published in 2007 won the titles of most cited papers in two journals.
3rd Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Probing liquid water saturation in diffusion media of polymer electrolyte fuel cells," H. Ju, G. Luo, and C. Y. Wang.
5th Place, Journal of Electrochemical Society
"Modeling of two-phase behavior in the gas diffusion medium of PEFCs via full morphology approach," V. P. Schultz, J. Becker, A. Wiegmann, P. P. Mukherjee, and C. Y. Wang.
7th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Analysis of cold start in polymer electrolyte fuel cells," L. Mao and C. Y. Wang
9th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Two-phase transients of polymer electrolyte fuel cells," Y. Wang and C. Y. Wang
10th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Isothermal cold start of polymer electrolyte fuel cells," K. Tajiri, Y. Tabuchi, and C. Y. Wang
4th Place, Electrochimica Acta
"Characteristics of subzero startup and water/ice formation on the catalyst layer in a polymer electrolyte fuel cell," S. H. Ge and C. Y. Wang
We congratulate all ECEC members on another productive year and the above-mentioned highly cited authors on their superb work.
Dr. Wang will co-chair 2009 China-North America Fuel Cell Workshop to be held in Shanghai, China, August 13-15, 2009
http://fuelcell2009.stju.edu/cn/
Congratulations to Dr. Fuqiang Liu on becoming the 8th professor produced from ECEC.
A total of 8 research laboratories have been created by former post-docs and graduate students of ECEC.
Matt Mench group at University of Tennessee (2002)
Sukkee Um group at Hanyang University, Korea (2003)
Krishan Bahtia group at Rowan University (2004)
Hua Meng group at Zhejiang University, China (2005)
Ugur Pasaogullari group at University of Connecticut (2005)
Yun Wang group at University of California, Irvine (2006)
Hyunchul Ju group at Inha University, Korea (2007)
Fuqiang Liu group at University of Texas, Arlington (2006)
Note: indicated in the bracket is the year of their graduation from ECEC.
Dr. Wang will be a Plenary speaker at the ASME 7th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering & Technology Conference held at Newport Beach, CA, June 8-10, 2009.
http://www.asmeconferences.org/FuelCell09/Plenary.cfm
ECEC work was cited 1036 times in 2008 according to ISI Web of Science, and 3 papers published in 2006 won the titles of most cited papers in 2 journals.
1st Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Liquid water removal from a polymer electrolyte fuel cell," F. Y. Zhang, X. G. Yang, and C. Y. Wang
5th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"A nonisothermal, two-phase model for polymer electrolyte fuel cells," Y. Wang and C. Y. Wang
10th Place, Electrochemical & Solid-State Letters
"Quantification of liquid water saturation in a PEM fuel cell diffusion medium using X-ray microtomography," P. K. Sinha, P. Halleck, and C. Y. Wang
We congratulate all ECEC members on another productive year and the above-mentioned highly cited authors on their superb work.
Penn State was recently ranked at the top as a single university in energy & fuels research in the past decade by Science Watch based on Science Citation Index.
Energy Gauge: Who Exactly Is In Power?
ECEC research was singled out in the top 20 most cited authors in energy and fuels.
ECEC congratulates Ugur Pasaogullari on receiving a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
Pasaogullari is an ECEC alumnus (2005) and is now an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UConn.
ECEC work was cited 830 times in 2007 according to ISI Web of Science, a 53% increase over 2006, and 5 papers published in 2005 won the title of most cited papers in 4 journals.
3rd Place, Electrochimica Acta
"Transient analysis of polymer electrolyte fuel cells," Y. Wang and C. Y. Wang
5th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Two-phase modeling and flooding prediction of polymer electrolyte fuel cells," U. Pasaogullari and C. Y. Wang
10th Place, Journal of the Electrochemical Society
"Model of two-phase flow and flooding dynamics in polymer electrolyte fuel cells," H. Meng and C. Y. Wang
2nd Place, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
"A single-phase, non-isothermal model for PEM fuel cells," H. Ju, H. Meng, and C. Y. Wang
7th Place, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters
"Water transport through Nafion 112 membrane in DMFCs," G. Q. Lu, F. Q. Liu, and C. Y. Wang
ECEC welcomes two new members
Professor Mike Janik, Chemical Engineering, is specialized in electrocatalysis and computational design of electrodes for fuel cells.
Professor Michael Hickner, Materials Science and Engineering, is specialized in membrane development and advanced characterization as well as neutron imaging of liquid water in polymer electrolyte fuel cells.
ECEC Research Highlight
Advanced In-Situ Diagnostic Methods
Congratulations to Dr. Hyunchul Ju on becoming the 7th professor produced from ECEC.
A total of 7 research laboratories have been created by former post-docs and graduate students of ECEC.
Matt Mench group at University of Tennessee (2002)
Sukkee Um group at Hanyang University, Korea (2003)
Krishan Bahtia group at Rowan University (2004)
Hua Meng group at Zhejiang University, China (2005)
Ugur Pasaogullari group at University of Connecticut (2005)
Yun Wang group at University of California, Irvine (2006)
Hyunchul Ju group at Inha University, Korea (2007)
Note: indicated in the bracket is the year of their graduation from ECEC.
ECEC is featured in the 2007 winter issue of FOCUS on Materials, the research bulletin of Materials Research Institute at Penn State.
Read "Fuel Cells and Energy Storage Systems" in PDF format.
7 ECEC papers published in 2004 win the title of most cited papers in 5 journals of that year. Electrochimica Acta announced that 2 ECEC papers win the first and third places of most cited papers in 2004. Read the Editor's Announcement in PDF format.
Read a summary of all 7 most cited papers produced from ECEC.
ECEC work was cited 544 times in 2006, according to SCI.
Professor Wang is to address at FC EXPO 2007, Tokyo, February 2007.
His lecture is on water management in fuel cells.
Professor Wang is to deliver a keynote address.
The talk, titled, "Principles of Subzero Startup of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells" will be given at the 5th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, June 18-20, 2007.
Professor Wang is to deliver 2 lectures at NATO Advanced Study Institute on MINI-MICRO FUEL CELLS AS ELECTRIC ENERGY GENERATORS, Cesme/Izmir-Turkey, July 22-August 3, 2007.
http://www.ichmt.org/upcoming-meetings/NATOASI-07/announce.html
ECEC is a world leader in PEFC cold start research.
Read more.
This year, ECEC graduates went to UTRC, UC Irvine, Plug Power and NREL.
Dr. Fuqiang Liu accepted a senior materials scientist position at United Technology Research Center.
Dr. Yun Wang begins his tenure-track assistant professor of mechanical engineering at University of California at Irvine (he is the 5th professor produced from ECEC).
Dr. Leng Mao now works as a research scientist at Plug Power.
Dr. Kandler Smith accepted a research engineer position at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
On behalf of ECEC, Dr. Wang wishes all graduates great success in their future careers, and encourages new, talented applicants to apply for vacant positions at ECEC. We have numerous positions open, both for Ph.D. students and post-docs, and in both experimental and modeling areas. If you are interested in and dedicated to fuel cell research, ECEC is a special place for you.
Professor Wang is to give an invited lecture at the 2nd Fuel Cell Durability and Performance Conference in December 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida.
His lecture is titled, "Water and heat transport in polymer electrolyte fuel cells," in which he shall describe ECEC's comprehensive efforts in quantitative imaging and multiscale modeling of water and heat transport.
In addition, the profound impact of water and heat transport on PEM fuel cell performance, durability, and cold-start capability and MEA degradation will be elaborated for the first time.
Professor Wang, along with 13 technical leaders around the world, gave an invited lecture at the 4th International Fuel Cell Workshop, Yamanashi University, Japan.
His lecture is titled, "Understanding PEFC Flooding via Multiscale Modeling and Physical Experiments," in which he revealed, for the first time, the extensive research program at ECEC on the modeling and diagnostics of liquid water transport at the pore level in gas diffusion layer (GDL) and catalyst layer. Novel diagnostic techniques such as X-ray microtomography have been applied successfully to quantitatively measure liquid water saturation and its distribution in GDL.
The novel MEA technology for DMFCs developed at ECEC is incorporated in a most compact DMFC system to date for laptop computers prototyped by Panasonic.
Read Panasonic press release: "Matsushita Battery Develops New Micro Fuel Cell Technology for Portable Electronics Devices."
Mr. Puneet Sinha will present an invited talk at the Indian Fuel Cell Workshop on Feb. 3, 2006.
His talk is titled, "Pore-network modeling of liquid water transport in GDL of polymer electrolyte fuel cells."
ECEC cutting edge research on DMFC technology will be showcased at the Knowledge Foundation's 8th Annual Small Fuel Cell Symposium in an invited talk titled, "A Paradigm Shift in DMFC Design for Portable Power."
ECEC multidisciplinary research on PEFC for automotive application will be showcased in a plenary lecture to be given at 3rd Guangzhou Fuel Cell Conference, Guangzhou, June 2006.
Penn State-UCLA collaboration on high-performance DMFCs is featured in physicsworld.
Read "New look for micro fuel cells" in PDF format.