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Written by Dan Lewis   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 23:20

The FCHRL is home to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students performing research in fuel-cells and related technologies.  Some short biographies follow.



Dr. Dan Lewis directs the Fuel Cell and Hyrdogen Research Lab in the Materials Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on materials structure, process, properties and performance for application in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Dr. Lewis joined the Materials Science and Engineering department in January 2006. In addition to his fuel cell research he studies physical metallurgy, wetting behavior, phase transformations, and microstructure development using both theory and experiment. Ongoing research programs include: development of X-ray characterization techniques for turbine blade inspection, grain boundary thermodyanmics and segregation and prediction of solidification microstructures using phase field methods.  Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Lewis was a researcher at GE Global Research. His work focused on oxidation performance and deformation processing of advanced ferritic materials for SOFC interconnects. In addition, he studied the metallurgy and electrical properties of amorphous and nano-crystalline soft magnetic materials, oxidation resistant coatings for superalloys, and infrared heating technology development.


Ph.D. Students

Steve Buelte is examining the interaction between platinum surfaces and phosphoric acid to improve the electrode performance in both fuel-cells and hydrogen pumps.

Will Gathright is an NSF-IGERT fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is presently developing diffuse interface models of electrochemical reactions. Ultimately these models will be used to study how microstructure evolution leads to variations in electrochemical performance.

Micah Casteel is a Ph.D. candidate interested in the degradation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. He is presently studying the rate of Cr-vaporization from ferritic steels and from protective coatings.

Hao-Jan Pei is a first year graduate student who is studying alternative materials for SOFC interconnects.  These new materials are based on ceramic composites fabricated from a polymer precursor.


M.S. Students

Carmen Osorio is presentlyusing X-ray fluoresence measurements to characterize manufacturing processes in fuel cell components.

Pat Willson is presently studying the rate of Cr-vaporization from ferritic steels and from protective coatings.


Lab Alumni

Christopher Calebrese studied gaseous bubble growth in graphite based interconnects for PEM fuel cells.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:17