Fuel Cells, Clean Energy, and Sustainability Research Team

Photo of professor Dr.YANHAI DU

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.

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Tejas Dudhade is a graduate research assistant, and a graduate student in the Technology Management program. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. His research is focused on the development of a universal tubular SOFC testing fixture. He is also a member of leading organizations in engineering management and quality engineering including the American Engineering Management (ASEM), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Engineering Management Students Association (EMSA).
Project(s): ZEV

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Dr. Dhruba Panthi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Fuel Cells group. He received his PhD and MS degrees from The University of Tokyo (Japan) and BS degree from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), all in Mechanical Engineering. His broad research interests lie in clean energy technologies, applied electrochemistry, ceramic materials, and the general areas of mechanical, materials and process engineering. Dr. Panthi has 11 research papers to his credit published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at more than a dozen of international scientific conferences.

Research Focus: Cell design and development, catalysts, sintering kinetics
Project(s): Dip Coating

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Dr. Nader Hedayat is a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He has received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, and his master and bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran. His Ph. D. dissertation was on the “Fabrication of planar and tubular solid oxide fuel cells.”

Research Focus: Developing new catalysts and processes for SOFC fabrication, and electrochemical characterization

Project(s): Material Development


Magd Al Harbi

Magd Al Harbi is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronics. Magd interned at AlphaMicron Inc. from November 2015 to November 2016 where he handled numerous tasks that created a myriad of mutual opportunities for success and prosperity. Magd was also in the Individual Investigation class with Dr. Du where he worked on a project that was centered around his passion for automation and control. He successfully planned, developed, and executed the project meeting the deadlines and achieving the goal of the project: the RC Bluetooth Vehicle.
Project(s): The Remote Controlled Bluetooth Vehicle

Employer: Tesla

City: Reno, NV

Hemant Naik is a graduate student currently pursuing his Masters in Technology. His thesis is on the subject of spiral fuel cells and the challenges faced in their fabrication using 3D printing and functionality. With a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, he has had previous industrial work experience as a Design Engineer. He has also worked on individual projects including a Utility Vehicle for City and Suburbs for the Mahindra Design Competition, and has participated in competitions including the Formula Supra SAE India Competition and the International Bicycle Design Competition for disabled and financially unstable people.
Project/Research Focus: Spiral Fuel Cells

Chaitran Chakilam is a graduate student currently pursuing his masters in Engineering Technology Management. He has previously worked on three national level events organized by SAE International (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) and other individual projects such as Low-Cost Electrical Wheelchair, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Project(s): ZEV

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Sriram Matturi is a graduate student currently pursuing his masters in Digital Sciences. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He has previously worked on individual projects such as industrial high voltage transformer protection against overheating of the transformer, and improving active power filter performance for renewable power generation system.
Project(s): ZEV

photo Angela Deibel

Angela Deibel is an undergraduate student, double majoring in Marketing and Engineering. Her minors include Environmental Sustainability and Fine Arts. In Summer 2016, she interned in Dr. Du’s fuel cell lab, and was the catalyst for the student-led project creating a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV). She has been involved in similar projects, such as fundraising for Tiny Homes.
Project(s): ZEV

photo Xin Yang

Xin Yang is a visiting scholar and PhD candidate in Science of Condensed Matter Physics at Jilin University, China. She has previously worked for a national program named the study of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Fueled with Commercial City Gas. During her time at Kent State University, she is working on synthesis and characterization of double-perovskite anodes for SOFCs with coking resistance and sulfur tolerance using hydrocarbon fuels.

Project(s): Anode Materials Development


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Theo Woodson is the lab manager.
Project(s): Freeze Casting and Freeze Drying

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Hai Feng is a graduate research assistant, and a graduate student. He has a master's degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is focused on the current collector of micro tubular solid oxide fuel cells. He is also supervising undergraduate students on senior design project.
Project(s): ZEV