RENEWABLE ENERGY LEADER

Dionisios G. Vlachos, shown working with a graduate student, has been named the inaugural Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute.

Dionisios G. Vlachos, shown working with a graduate student, has been named the inaugural Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute.

Vlachos appointed Ferguson Professor and UD Energy Institute director

Dionisios G. Vlachos has been named the inaugural Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. He also has been appointed director of the UD Energy Institute.

“Dion Vlachos has an international reputation as a leader in renewable energy research and catalysis,” said Provost Domenico Grasso. “He brings tremendous knowledge and dedication to the quest for clean energy solutions and is generous in sharing his expertise with his students and colleagues. These types of appointments are designed to recognize considerable achievements and impact. Dion is a world-class scholar and we are fortunate to have him at UD.”

“This recognition is well deserved,” said Babatunde Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering. “Dion Vlachos is driving new discoveries in catalysis and pioneering applications to the renewable energy challenge, working with colleagues and students at UD and with research partners around the world. He is a perfect exemplar of the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, scholarship and service — a tradition that Allan and Myra Ferguson have generously supported.”

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BETTER FUEL CELL MEMBRANES

The University of Delaware's Yushan Yan is leading research aimed at transforming energy storage and conversion.

The University of Delaware’s Yushan Yan is leading research aimed at transforming energy storage and conversion.

UD awarded $1.8 million through new ARPA-E program aimed at transforming energy storage, conversion

Sep. 15, 2016–The University of Delaware has been awarded $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through its new IONICS (Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids) program. IONICS project teams are paving the way for technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products. Led by Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, the research at UD will focus on creating a series of polymer-based hydroxide exchange membranes (HEMs).

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Fueling the Quest for Green Energy

Introduction to the University of Delaware’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation—an Energy Frontier Research Center

Aug. 24, 2016–Watch an introduction to the University of Delaware’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation—an Energy Frontier Research Center—as wood chips and cornstalks take on a new shade of “green,” converted into new fuels and other products. Featured in the image, CCEI Director Dion Vlachos and doctoral student Hannah Nguyen use a model of a catalyst to discuss its structure and properties.

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