MAKING BETTER MATERIAL FOR FUEL CELLS

Weiqing Zheng, a research associate at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation; Liang Wang, an associate scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, examine a sample in the laboratory.

Ajay K. Prasad, Suresh G. Advani, Dionisios Vlachos, Yushan Yan

UD researchers make material to make fuel cells more durable, less expensive

September 04, 2017

A team of UD engineering faculty members brought their research groups together for a fuel cell innovation. This illustration includes, Ajay K. Prasad, Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Suresh G. Advani, George W. Laird Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dionisios Vlachos, Allan and Myra Ferg

uson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation; Yushan Yan, Distinguished Engineering Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering.

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ACS Catalysis Early Career Editorial Board

Bingjun Xu

Bingjun Xu named to the first ACS Catalysis Early Career Editorial Board

April 26, 2017

ACS Catalysis has formed the first Early Career Editorial Board to advise the editors about issues related to emerging trends in catalysis science, scientific publishing, and to represent this important constituent of ACS Catalysis readership. We are pleased that Bingjun Xu, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and CCST member has been selected for this first Early Career Editorial Board. The members are individuals close to the start of their professional careers and have been recommended by the senior ACS Catalysis editorial board. They are expected to be part of the board for only a few years.

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DISCOVERY COULD TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES

Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

April 24, 2017

Modern society’s extensive use of fossil fuels has led to unprecedented atmospheric carbon dioxide levels with widespread climate impacts.

Synthetic rubber and plastics – used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products – are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists from three U.S. research universities.

The scientific team –- from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts – has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.

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