Atanassov to discuss enhancement of fuel cell performance

Published: Sep 16, 2008 4:38:14 PM
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Plamen Atanassov, associate professor of chemical and nuclear engineering and director of the University of New Mexico Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, will present, "Hierarchical Structures in Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ross Hall McMillan Auditorium. His lecture is part of the 2008-2009 Department of Chemical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series.

Atanassov will discuss nano-structured materials and their role in electrochemical power source technologies such as batteries, super capacitors and fuel cells. His presentation focuses on aerosol-based methods to manufacture electrocatalyst powders for fuel cells and will address the issues of processing, digital printing and device design that arise from the unique properties of nano-structured materials. His group has engineered a portable field-deployable system for the detection of bacteria and viruses, introduced spray-based processes for fuel cell electrocatalysts fabrication and developed a family of novel materials for fuel cells.

Atanassov received his master's degree in chemical physics in 1987 from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and his doctorate in physical chemistry and electrochemistry in 1992 from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His research focus includes electrocatalysis and materials technologies for electrochemical power sources such as batteries and fuel cells; bio-electrocatalysis and bio-device design for biosensors and biofuel cells; micro-biofuel cells and nano-structured coatings; low-platinum loading and non-precious metal catalysts and novel fuel cell materials.

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