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Stanford University Awarded Fuel Cell Grants

STANFORD, Calif.,  –Stanford University’sPrecourt Institute for Energy , the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded 11 seed grants totaling $2.2 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency.

The seed funding supports early work on concepts that have the potential for very high impact on energy production and use. Through a competitive process, two committees of faculty and senior staff awarded the grants to Stanford researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including engineering, physics, economics, business, communication and education.

Precourt Institute for Energy grants

The Precourt Institute for Energy, an umbrella organization for energy research and education at Stanford, will fund the following three studies and jointly fund one study to be administered by the TomKat Center:

Functionalized Graphene-Platinum Composites for Fuel Cells: Investigators will test if dispersed platinum nanoparticles grown on graphene (one-atom thick sheets of carbon) can reduce the amount of expensive platinum needed in fuel cells while functioning as a highly efficient catalyst. Principal Investigators (PIs): David Goldhaber-Gordon , Physics; Fritz Prinz , Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Self-Regenerating Fuel Cells Running on Natural Gas: To help in the design of self-restoring catalysts for ceramic fuel cells, which could run on natural gas rather than hydrogen, this project will illuminate the fundamental chemical and structural transformations involved. PIs: Robert Sinclair Materials Science and Engineering; William Chueh , Materials Science and Engineering and the Precourt Institute.

October 30, 2013 - 12:03 PM