This course is aimed at students interested in the fundamental science and engineering of fuel cells and fuel processors. This course covers the fundamentals of electrochemistry relevant for fuel cells, and the basics of fuel cell technology. Emphasis will be placed on PEM fuel cells for automotive applications, and on solid oxide fuel cells for auxiliary power units. Concepts in catalysts for fuel reforming, water gas shift, and preferential oxidation of hydrocarbons will be covered, along with hydrogen storage and hydrogen safety.
Assistant Research Scientist of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Tadd's research goal is to develop a better understanding of the role of heterogeneous and homogeneous reactions during autothermal reforming of gasoline-like hydrocarbons. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Director, Energy Systems Engineering Program
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Linic is currently working on a number of projects that address various issues in the fields of energy and environment, functional nanomaterials, and fundamental heterogeneous catalysis. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and his B.S. in Physics from West Chester University.
Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Thompson's research interests focus primarily on the design and development of high-performance catalytic, electrocatalytic, and absorbent materials and defining relationships between the structure, composition, and function of nanostructured catalytic and electrocatalytic materials. In addition, his group is working on the use of micromachining and self-assembly methods to fabricate hydrogen production systems and fuel cells. He earned his B.ChE. from the University of Delaware and an M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.