College of Engineering

MNE Seminar

Date(s): 5/10/2010 12:30 PM - 5/10/20101:30 PM
Location: Tex 101e
Contact: Dr, Sankha Bhowmick sbhowmick@umassd.edu 508-999-8619


The Mechanical Engineering Department is pleased to present a seminar on May 10th from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Textile Building, Room 101E.

Dr. Ravi Datta, Professor and Director of Fuel Cell Center, Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will present the Modeling of Passive Direct Methanol Fuel Cells.

Design and development of a truly passive, air-breathing, orientation-independent, compact direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) fueled by neat methanol that can compete effectively with ever-improving batteries for low wattage portable power for consumer or military applications has proved to be challenging. Improved theoretical understanding of the fundamental transport and reaction processes within DMFCs can help, which is the goal of this work.

The model I will describe is relatively simple, resulting in analytical solutions that can provide important insights into the factors that limit DMFC performance.

Dr. Ravi Datta has been a Professor and Director of WPI Fuel Cell Center since 1998. He also served as Chemical Engineering Department Head at WPI until 2005. Before this, he was at the University of Iowa since 1981. His research interests are in fuel cells, hydrogen catalysis, and renewable fuels. His recent work has focused on fuel cell membranes, novel fuel cells, novel catalysts, and catalytic reaction network analysis. He is a coauthor of 125 papers and 6 patents.

Contact Dr. Sankha Bhowmick(sbhowmick@umassd.edu) or Sue Cunha(scunha@umassd.edu) for additional information.

All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.


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