ChBE Seminar Series: Trung Van Nguyen
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Room 2110, Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Bldg.
Professor Chunsheng Wang
Energy for Sustainability Program and Surface Ionic Activity of Proton Conducting Membranes
Presented by Trung Van Nguyen
Energy for Sustainability Program Director
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation
I. The Energy for Sustainability Program is one of seventeen programs in the Division of Chemical, Biotechnology, Environmental and Transport (CBET) Systems of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) in the National Science Foundation. This program is one of four programs in the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Cluster. It is the newest program in the CBET Division, created in 2006, with the mission of funding long-term, basic and fundamental research and education that will have major impacts on the generation, conversion and storage of environmentally friendly and renewable energy. Additional program background information along with areas of interest and examples of recent awards will also be presented.
II. The surface ionic activity of a proton conducting membrane can affect the electrochemical reactions occurring at the catalyst and ionic phase interface and the transport of water and proton across the membrane in a PEM fuel cell. This talk will discuss some of the research activities in this area at the University of Kansas.
About the Speaker
Trung Van Nguyen was elected to be the first Director for the Energy for Sustainability program at NSF and started his position in June 2007. Concurrently, he also holds the title of Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas. He has a BS from NCSU and MS and PhD from TAMU, all in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Lab, Senior Product & Process Development Engineer at Duracell, and Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs. His research is on transport and interfacial phenomena in fuel cells and batteries and mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems.