Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) Automotive Fuel Cells
  • Novel Membranes
  • Novel Gas Diffusion Layers
  • Novel bipolar plate designs
  • Durability studies of membranes under hygrothermal cycling
  • Development of mechanistic models for membrane durability
  • Modeling of membranes for freeze tolerance
  • Simultaneous optical and neutron visualization of operating PEM fuel cells
  • XPS investigation of catalyst degradation during fuel cell operation
  • Complete fuel cell system modeling and simulation
Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) Fuel Cells for Portable Power
  • Novel catalysts
  • Novel membranes
  • Novel porous metal flow fields
  • Novel control strategies for peak performance
  • Methanol transport and reaction kinetics in DMFCs
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) Fuel Cells for Stationary Power
  • Novel SOFC electrolytes for increased oxide conductivity
  • Sputtered nanocomposite and nanoporous electrodes
  • Combinatorial optimization of SOFC cathodes
Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling, Design, and Demonstration
  • The UD Fuel Cell Bus Program
  • A Matlab/Simulink model for fuel cell hybrid vehicle design
  • A cell voltage monitoring system for real time fuel cell stack diagnostic tool
  • Supersonic variable flow ejector for energy efficient hydrogen circulation
  • Real time data acquisition and analysis
Hydrogen Production and Storage
  • Solar-powered two-step thermochemical cycles for H2
  • Photo-electro-chemical methods for H2
  • Photo-biological methods for H2
  • Hydrogen storage systems using solid-state H2 storage materials
Past and Current Projects
  • Novel PEM membranes for improved freeze-tolerance
  • SPEEK membranes for reduced methanol crossover
  • Effect of cyclical hygrothermal loading on polymer fuel cell membranes
  • Mechanics of freeze-thaw in polymer fuel cell membranes
  • Novel Tungsten Carbide catalysts to replace Platinum in DMFC applications
  • Novel corrosion resistant catalyst supports based on TiO2 and carbon nanotubes
  • Nano-engineered electrodes for PEM fuel cells
  • Novel metallic GDLs for improved durability and performance
  • Materials development for thin film solid oxide fuel cells
  • Water management: simultaneous optical and neutron imaging of operations PEM fuel cells
  • Degradation studies of the catalyst layer using XPS
  • Optimal methanol feed concentration in DMFCs using cell voltage as feedback
  • Genetic algorithms coupled with computational models of PEM fuel cells for rapid design optimization
  • Synthesis and evaluation of electrocatalysts for fuel cells and hydrogen production
  • In-house fuel cell fabrication and extensive testing facilities
  • SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, NMR, EIS, and other mechanical and thermal characterization facilities
  • Matlab/Simulink fuel cell bus simulator for cost effective hybrid design studies
  • Cell voltage monitoring system for real time fuel cell stack diagnostics
  • Renewable methods for hydrogen production based on thermochemical, photoelectrochemical and biological water splitting
  • Novel solid-state materials for hydrogen storage with high gravimetric efficiency