Breck Award of International Zeolite Association

Marat Orazov

Marat Orazov receives the 2019 Breck Award of IZA

July 15, 2019

Marat and a group of investigators received the award for the synthesis of chirally enriched zeolite STW. This makes the second departmental recipients to receive this award, Yushan Yan being the first recipient in 2010.

The award, in the amount of $1,000, is presented at each IZA conference “to an individual or group for significant contribution to molecular sieve science and technology achieved since the last conference.”


Three fuel cell experts discuss their project. From left to right, Yushan Yan, Brian P. Setzler, and Shimshon Gottesfeld.

UD engineers develop a fuel cell system that helps environment

May 17, 2019

A team of engineers at the University of Delaware is among the 40 awardees of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN2018, and has been awarded $1,979,998 in funding to build a fuel cell system fabricated with inexpensive catalysts and structural materials, which is consequently cheaper and more practical than existing fuel cell systems.
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A new catalyst design methodology proposed by UD researchers will help produce more efficient and higher-performing fuel cells. Dion Vlachos (above), the Allan and Myra Ferguson Chair of Chemical Engineering at UD, was co-author on the paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Technology makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive

Apr. 08, 2019

The powerhouse substances known as catalysts, which are used to accelerate chemical reactions, are key players in these systems. The size and efficiency of fuel cells, for example, could greatly benefit from using high-performance catalysts.
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Faculty members Bingjun Xu, left, and Yushan Yan are corresponding authors on a new paper in Nature Energy.

Technology makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive

Apr. 08, 2019

Yushan Yan & Bingjun Xu develops technology that makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive. Using poly(aryl piperidinium) polymers, the team developed hydroxide exchange membranes and ionomers with favorable properties.

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Platinum has been used in the past for catalysis tasks, but it is expensive, mainly because of its scarcity and also because of the mining operation required to obtain it. Platinum catalysis can also give undesirable side products.

Exploration of metal oxides has potential to drive catalysis research to new heights

Feb. 25, 2019

Recent research conducted by CCEI, published in the newest issue of Nature Catalysis, has further unlocked the mystery on a class of materials that have long been understudied as catalysts: metal oxides. In addition to driving more affordable and stable chemical production, CCEI’s investigation into the nature of metal oxides might potentially lead to the discovery of even better, more selective catalysts.

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