Ph.D. Student working for Dr. Mainardi receives fellowship for summer experience
Shawn Cole is one of Dr. Mainardi’s PhD students working on the modeling of PtRuSn
fuel cell catalysts for ethanol oxidation who was awarded an Indo-US Science and
Technology Forum fellowship to go to India this summer 2013. At the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT)-Delhi, Shawn will get experimental experience in the lab of one
of Dr. Mainardi’s collaborators, Dr. Suddhasatwa Basu, Professor & Head of Chemical
Engineering Dept., IIT-Delhi,
to complement his computational efforts in the fuel cell area her, Prof. VK Mathur
from the University of New Hampshire, and Prof. Basu collaborate.
Particularly, Shawn will get experience with catalysts fabrication, preparation,
characterization (x-rays, SEM), and testing as ethanol fuel cell anode catalysts.
Shawn is working on a particular stoichiometry: Pt2Ru2Sn. His focus will be this
particular alloy. In addition, he can also test pure Pt, pure Ru, pure Sn, as well
as binary combinations of those tree elements to compare fuel cell performance.