Dr. Yanhai Du, Associate Professor at College of Aeronautics & Engineering, Team Leader and Principal Investigator (PI) of Kent State University's Fuel Cell Program, is a material scientist and an internationally recognized scholar in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) research and development. He has more than 20 years of extensive R&D and manufacturing experiences in SOFC technology and ceramic product development, and 10 years of experience in academic settings. His research interests include fuel cells, energy conversion and storage, additive manufacturing and sustainable systems. Dr. has received over $1.5 million in grants for various clean energy research projects in the past six years. Dr. has authored/coauthored over 130 technical publications, including 11 patents, in key areas of SOFC design, materials, fabrication, characterization, and operation.
Doctor of Philosophy, Material Science, 2004
Master of Science, Material Technology, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Ceramics, 1983
Awards and Honors
2019, Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Aeronautics & Engineering
New Courses Developed: Introduction to Sustainability (TECH 27210), Fuel Cells and Applications (TECH 42100), and Fuel Cell Technology and Engineering (TECH 61095)
The courses Du offers include Introduction to Sustainability (TECH 27210), Individual Investigation (TECH 43096), Fuel Cells and Applications (TECH 42100), Fuel Cell Technology and Engineering (TECH 61095), Research (TECH 610980), Thesis I (TECH 61199), and Thesis II (TECH 61299)
Funded Research Activities
Laser Sintering System for Research on Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Fuel Cells, Office of Naval Research
A Super-High Power Density Fuel Cell Power Source, TeCK Fund and Ohio Development Services Agency
Freeze Casting and Freeze Drying Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, NASA via Yanhai Power Technology and Protonex
Universal Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Test Kit, Ohio Development Services Agency
Enabling a High Power Density and Smaller Size Fuel Cell, Farris Family Innovation
Fuel Cell Educational Technologies Program, Dominion Foundation
Evaluation of Spiral Cell Fabrication Methodologies, WATT Fuel Cell Corporation
Liquid Fueled Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System, Army Research Office via Protonex Technology Corporation
Hydrogen Batteries for the War-fighter: From Army JP-8 to SOFC Power, DARPA-Defense Sciences Office
Fuel-Flexible Advanced Power Solutions for Portable Applications, DARPA-Defense Sciences Office
Hydrogen Batteries for the War-fighter: Development & Evaluation of Propane-Fueled SOFC Stack & Systems. U.S. Army
Editorial Board of the Sustainability journal, Energy Sustainability section
Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) is a peer-reviewed and open access international journal with its main Editorial Office located in Basel, Switzerland. It covers studies related to sustainability and sustainable development in the areas of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings and is published monthly online by MDPI which you may visit at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/sectioneditors/energy_sustainability.
Conference Proceedings, Presentations, and Posters
Yanhai Du, N. Hedayat and D. Panthi, “Can Fuel Cells Make our World Cleaner?”, International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, USA, August 12-15, 2018.
Yanhai Du, N. Hedayat and D. Panthi, “Freeze-Casting & Freeze-Drying Processes for SOFC Applications – A Review”, 5th Asian Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Conference, Shanghai, China (Keynote), August 5-9, 2018.
A review on freeze-casting and freeze-drying Solid oxide fuel cells
Yanhai Du, J. Persky, K. Zhao, H. Ilkhani, T. Woodson, B. Emley, N. Hedayat, “Fabrication and Characterization of Freeze-Cast Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”, Fifteenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Hollywood, Florida, July 14, 2017.
X. Yang, X. Han, T. He, Yanhai Du, “Enhanced Stability of Ta5+ and Fe3+ Co-doped BaCoO3-δ as a Cathode Material for IT-SOFCs”, Fifteenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Hollywood, Florida, July 14, 2017.
N. Hedayat, D. Panthi, Yanhai Du, "A Novel Method to Fabricate Inert Substrate-Supported Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Selective Leaching", Fifteenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Hollywood, Florida, July 14, 2017.
B. Emley, T. Woodson, A. Bose, Yanhai Du, "Freeze Cast T-SOFCs and a Universal Electrochemical Testing Fixture", Fifteenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Hollywood, Florida, July 14, 201
D. Panthi, N. Hedayat, and Yanhai Du, “A Comparative Study on the Densification Behavior of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Electrolyte Powders”, Fifteenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Hollywood, Florida, July 14, 2017.
Yanhai Du, “Can Fuel Cells Make Airports Greener?” 25th Annual National Aviation Environmental Management Conference, Detroit, Michigan, June 5‐7, 2016.
Yanhai Du, A. Maar, and K. Zhao, “Development of Advanced Ceramic Fuel Cells using Additive Manufacturing Technology (I): Design and Modeling”, International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL, USA, January 24-19, 2016.
C. Finnerty,G. Tompsett, F. Basil, Yanhai Du, “Segmented Electrode Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Method of Manufacture,”US and International Patent Application, WO/2002/031901.
Book Chapters, Edited Conference Proceedings Volumes, Thesis and Reports
Yanhai Du, A. Maar, K. Zhao, “Development of Advanced Ceramic Fuel Cells using Additive Manufacturing Technology (I): Design and Modeling”, in Advanced Processing and Manufacturing Technologies for Nanostructured and Multifunctional Materials III: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Editors: M. Fukushima and A. Gyekenyesi, V.37 (5), pp.74-80, (ISBN-13: 9781119321705), 2017.
K. Reifsnider, Yanhai Du, D. Cui, “From Army JP-8 to SOFC Power”, Final Program Report to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), January 27, 2012.
K. Reifsnider, Yanhai Du, D. Cui, “Development & Evaluation of Propane-Fueled SOFC Stacks & Systems”, Final Program Report to Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), December 16, 2010.
N.M. Sammes and Yanhai Du, “Fabrication and Properties of an Anode-Supported Tubular IT-SOFC Based on Lanthanum Gallate” in Advances in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, V.26 (4), (ISBN: 9781574982343), Editor: N.P. Bansal, John Wiley & Sons, pp.33-40, 2008.
N.M. Sammes, Yanhai Du, R. Bove, “Fuel Cell Principles and Perspectives” in Biofuels for Fuel Cells: Renewable Energy from Biomass Fermentation, 235-247, (ISBN: 1843390922), Editors: P. Lens, P. Westermann, M. Haberbauer and A. Moreno, IWA publishing, 2005.