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Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research Group

Updated October 9, 2017

Group Leader

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Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar, Ph.D., Research Scientist (Asst.) and Group Leader
Email: uzzain@umd.edu

2002-2006, B. S. Polymer Technology, Anna University, India.
2007-2009, M. S. Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea.
2009-2012, Ph.D. Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry, Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Denmark

Research Experience: 2012-2013 Post Doctoral Research Fellow concentrating on '"development of high pressure alkaline electrolyzer cells for CO2 reduction" with Prof. Mogens B. Mogensen, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Ongoing Research: Development of low temperature operating solid oxide fuel cells based on ceramic electrodes, Ni-GDC anode, scaling up etc.

Postdoctoral Associates and Research Scientists

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Yi-Lin Huang
Email: yilin@umd.edu

Yi-Lin's research focuses on the mechanistic enhancement of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes through an understanding of fundamentals, he developed a surface modification method for enhancing material performance. He is currently studying the catalytic activity and durability of SOFC cathode materials at different working conditions.


Dr. Yaoyu Ren
Email: ryy@umd.edu

Research Associate
PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2013

BE, Chemical Engineering and Technology, South China University of Technology, 2007 Research experience & interests:

Yaoyu started his academic career since 2007 working on developing unique nanostructures to improve the catalytic activity of cathodes for lowering the operation temperature and enhancing the durability of Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Besides working at Tsinghua during PhD period, he also worked with Prof. Raymond Gorte at University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011) and Prof. Kevin Huang at University of South Carolina (2015-2017) for this purpose. In 2013, he started research in the field of solid state lithium batteries (SSLBs), working with Prof. Ce-Wen Nan at Tsinghua University (2013-2015) to develop a bulk type SSLB with porous-dense bilayer structure made of the garnet type solid electrolyte material.

Yaoyu’s current interests are in both SOFCs and SSLBs fields, and now is working with Prof. Wachsman to optimize the performance of the low temperature SOFC with ceria-bismuth oxide bilayer electrolytes and the SSLB with garnet type electrolyte.

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Wei Wu, Ph.D., Research Associate
Email: yhlww528@umd.edu

B.S. in Materials Chemistry, Central South University, China
M.S. in Material Science & Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Ph.D. in Material Science & Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests: Developing materials and devices for energy conversion and storage applications.
On-going Research: Development of large scale bilayer SOFCs, including cell fabrication and electrochemical performance evaluation.

Graduate Students

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Thomas Hays
Email: thays@umd.edu

Thomas is a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UMD. His current research includes studying the effect of various fuel contaminants on solid oxide fuel cell performance and evaluating the feasibility of bio-gas as a fuel source for solid oxide fuel cells.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2012

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Adam Jolley
Email: ajolley@umd.edu

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Albert Painter
Email: apainter@umd.edu

Albert is a master's student at the University of Maryland in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His undergraduate degree is from Tennessee Technological University in 2013 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While there, he researched solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects. Albert worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an intern before starting his graduate career. He is currently working on developing SOFC electrolytes and cathodes using 3D printing technologies.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 2013

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Christopher Pellegrinelli
Email: cpellegr@umd.edu

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Alireza Pesaran
Email: pesaran@umd.edu

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Ian Robinson
Email: irobinso@umd.edu

Ian is a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, B.S. Class of 2016. His research is currently in alternative ceramic electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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Patrick Stanley
Email: stanley1@umd.edu

Patrick began his PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at UMD in 2014. Currently, he is investigating fracture mechanisms in solid oxide fuel cell anodes. In his undergraduate career he developed cathode material for Li-ion batteries at Missouri S&T and researched Na-beta alumina batteries at EaglePitcher as an intern. Prior to UMD he worked in manufacturing for two years at Pella Corporation.

B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2012

Undergraduate Students


Omar Abdullah, oabdulla@umd.edu


Zach Ferraro, zferraro@umd.edu


Manesha Ramanathan, rmanesha@terpmail.umd.edu