Fuel Cells and Emerging Energy Storage Technologies

Dr. Vijay K. Ramani

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL


Dr. Vijay Ramani is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. His research interests lie in the broad area of electrochemical engineering. Specific directions of current research in his group include designing multi-functional electrolyte and electrode materials for polymer based electrochemical systems, analyzing the source and distribution of over potential (losses) in electrochemical systems, and mitigating degradation in electrochemical devices, especially polymer electrolytes. NSF and DOE currently fund his research. Dr. Vijay has a Ph.D. in from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a B.E. from Annamalai University, India; both in Chemical Engineering. He has been awarded ONR Young Investigator Award (YIP) (2010-2013); 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2010); NSF CAREER Award (2009-2014); ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship (2008 and 2009); Elected Chair, Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division, Electrochemical Society Inc. (2010). He has also been the IEEE Secretary – Treasurer From 2006-2008; and vice-Chair from 2008-2010.

Talk Abstract

Hydrogen fuel is a zero-emission fuel which uses electrochemical cells or combustion in internal engines, to power vehicles and electric devices. The concept of hydrogen as a bulk storage option is not new. Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, water, and heat. Unlike batteries, fuel cells continuously generate electricity, as long as a source of fuel is supplied. Fuel cell offers us one of the best clean energy technologies. Still the fuel cell industry still suffers from a pattern of expansion and contraction.
The talk will feature the various other aspects of fuels cells and evolving energy storage technologies.

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