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Electrochemical Energy Conversion Division

Research Overview

●  GOALS

Electrochemical processes are at the heart of efficient conversion between electrical and chemical energies. The objective of this division is to conduct scientific research and technological development for energy-efficient, low-cost, and robust electrochemical energy conversion, in systems including polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC). PEFC is the preferred solution for automotive fuel cell applications.  Inefficiencies at low temperatures (ca. 80 ˚C) are leading to a focus on higher temperature (>100˚C) hydrogen PEM fuel cells.  Research addresses catalyst activity, support durability, and high temperature electrolyte identification and evaluation. SOFCs are utilized for stationary electricity generation at various scales. Research addresses developing a fundamental understanding of electrode and electrolyte materials and electrochemical events taking place in the SOFC, surface/interfacial catalytic processes on metal oxides, and electrode and electrolyte degradation. Electrolysis is used to produce hydrogen from electricity to respond the forthcoming demand of hydrogen fuel. SOEC and related devices are examined from the perspective of activity and durability of electrolyte and electrode components.  Other relevant energy storage concepts, e.g. batteries, are also addressed in division activities.

 

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Research Papers

Principal Investigators

 Hiroshige Matsumoto (Lead)
International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER)
http://i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~matsumoto/en/

 Kazunari Sasaki
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University
http://www.mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp/lab/ki06/english_top.html

 John A. Kilner
Imperial College London (UK)
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.kilner

 Harry L. Tuller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
http://dmse.mit.edu/faculty/profile/tuller

 Andrew Gewirth
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US)
http://www.chemistry.illinois.edu/faculty/agewirth.html

Researchers

  • Kohei Ito
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Stephen Lyth
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
    http://i2cner.kyushu-u.ac.jp/ja/r/s-lyth
  • Tsuyohiko Fujigaya
    Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • Sean Bishop
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
  • Jennifer Rupp
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
  • Nicola Helen Perry
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • George Harrington
    Kyushu University, Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center
  • Tomohiro Shiraki
    Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • Leonard Kwati
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Yuki Terayama
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • John William Richard Druce
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Helena Téllez Lozano
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Yuki Hamasaki
    Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • Masamichi Nishihara
    Center for Co-Evolutional Social Systems, Kyushu University
  • Jun Yang
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Naotoshi Nakashima
    Kyushu University, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER)
  • Thomas Bayer
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Vincent Thoreton
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Nikolay Kirilov Dimov
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Kulbir Kaur Ghuman
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Fumiyuki Toshimitsu
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Yi-Hsuan Lee
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Junfang Cheng
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Dino Klotz
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Ganesan Pandian
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Youngsung Lee
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

Research Support Staff

  • Shiyan Feng
  • Liana Christiani
  • Jason Varnell
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US)
  • Thao Hoang
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US)
  • Mineo Matsudaira
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Mizuho To
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University
  • Ting Chen
    Kyushu University, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER)
  • Tomoya Shiraishi
    Department of Chemical Systems and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University
  • Huang Wenxin
    Department of Chemical Systems and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University
  • Jie Tao
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Hua Li
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

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