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Fuel Cells

Jay Benziger

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A407 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5416
Email Address: benziger@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Optimal configurations for improved fuel cell operaton (producing electricity from hydrogen); hydrogen production; efficient electrochemical pumps for hydrogen purification; gasification to produce fuels from organic materials

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Andrew Bocarsly

Professor of Chemistry

Location: 388 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-3888
Email Address: bocarsly@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Improving membrane fuel cells that convert H2 and O2 or alcohols into electricity; exploring proton exchange polymer membranes; charge transfer processes and materials chemistry for alternate energy schemes including solar photochemistry and electrochemistry; electrochemical and semiconductor based photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to liquid fuels and syngas; water splitting for hydrogen production

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Emily A. Carter

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment

Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (2010-2016)

Location: C230 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-5391
Email Address: eac@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design of new materials for solar energy conversion to electricity and fuels; lightweight metal alloy design for fuel-efficient vehicles; clean, efficient combustion of biofuels; solid oxide fuel cell cathode design for efficient electricity production; robust materials for fusion reactor walls

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Pablo Debenedetti

Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dean for Research

Location: 91 Prospect Avenue, Room 107
Phone Number: 609-258-5480
Email Address: pdebene@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Carbon capture and storage; molecular modeling of hydrate melting and formation as possible approach to carbon sequestration; molecular modeling of heterogeneous ice nucleation for improved weather and climate models; computational modeling of phase behavior of water, carbon dioxide and salt mixtures for carbon capture and storage and geothermal energy production; computational investigation of water in nafion membranes for fuel cells; desalination with gas hydrates for improved fresh water production and greater energy efficiency

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Mikko Haataja

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D404C Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-9126
Email Address: mhaataja@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Control of surface structures for multiple applications, including catalysis and evolving microstructures in solid oxide fuel cells

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Yannis Kevrekidis

Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A319 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2818
Email Address: yannis@arnold.princeton.edu

Research Description:

Nonlinear dynamics tools and multiphase flow modeling are used to understand the interplay of reaction and transport in PEM fuel cells. Multiscale modeling of complex systems with applications to chemical reactions, transport processes, and agent-based models of behavioral dynamics and urban growth

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Bruce Koel

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A311 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4524
Email Address: bkoel@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Fabrication and characterization of novel fuel cell electrodes; structure, reactivity, and catalysis of platinum alloys; surface reactions of plasma facing components of fusion reactor walls; reaction mechanisms of iron nanoparticles for heavy metal sequestration in groundwater cleanup

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Thomas Kreutz

Energy Systems Modeler, Energy Systems Analysis Group

Location: 014 Andlinger Center
Phone Number: 609-258-5691
Email Address: kreutz@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Modeling the performance and economics of environmentally friendly, advanced energy conversion systems that have the potential for high efficiency and low emissions of criteria pollutants and/or greenhouse gases, novel technologies and methods for producing low-cost and low net carbon energy carriers, such as synthetic liquid fuels, electricity, and/or hydrogen – with CO2 capture for sequestration from the atmosphere – from biomass and fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.  Modeling the prospective deep decarbonization of the U.S. power grid.

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Athanassios Panagiotopoulos

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A217 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4591
Email Address: azp@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Molecular modeling of phase behavior and transport properties of CO2 / brine mixtures, which is of fundamental importance in understanding the long-term fate of CO2 injected in underground rock formations for carbon capture and storage; computational studies of nafion fuel cell membranes, liquid metals as plasma-facing components for fusion energy systems

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