«Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion»

El próximo día 28 de Octubre a las 12:00 horas en el salón de Actos del ITQ tendrá lugar la charla titulada «Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion«, impartida por el Profesor Ryan O’Hayre, de la Colorado School of Mines (USA).

Electrochemistry is central to many current and emerging energy conversion technologies including batteries, fuel cells, photoelectrochemical systems, and membrane reactors. Recent research in the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado, USA) is focused on developing new design paradigms and new physical insights into the materials that are used in a variety of these electrochemical energy conversion technologies. In this presentation, a number of our ongoing research efforts will be discussed, including the development of nitrogen-functionalized carbon support structures for direct methanol fuel cell catalysis, ceramic-based membrane structures for gas separation and membrane reactor applications, nanoionic composite materials which may provide enhanced ionic transport capabilities, and redox-active oxides for solar-thermal production of hydrogen from water.

Associate Professor Ryan O’Hayre directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory at the Colorado School of Mines (http://materials.mines.edu/rc/aeml/index.html). His laboratory develops new materials and devices to enable alternative energy technologies including fuel cells and solar cells. Prof. O’Hayre is lead author of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, the world’s best-selling textbook on the subject of fuel cell science and technology (translated into both Chinese and Korean) and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the field as well as several patents and book chapters. He has received several young-investigator research and teaching honors including the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2012-13), The ASM Bradley Staughton Award, 2011 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the US’s top honor for early-career scientists and engineers. He collaborates with a number of National Labs and international Universities, including the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak-Ridge National Laboratory, Risoe-DTU in Denmark, and DICP in China.