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Fuel cells for sustainable energy future

18 December 2013 (13:30-14:30)

The International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC) are pleased to announce Professor T.S. Zhao, from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will be delivering a public lecture on Fuel cells for sustainable energy future.

About the lecture

The energy shortage and environment deterioration are fundamental challenges for humanity in this century. Therefore, creating the next generation of highly efficient and clean energy-conversion technologies is becoming crucially important. Fuel cell is an emerging technology for electric power generation for stationary, mobile and portable applications and it will have a far-reaching impact on sustainable energy development in China and in the world.

This presentation will be focused on a relatively new type of low-temperature fuel cell - the direct alcohol fuel cell (DAFC) that converts the chemical energy of liquid methanol or ethanol directly into electricity. This type of fuel cell creates the potential for a simple, low-cost, compact and high energy-conversion system that is highly efficient and low in emissions. The DAFC is a top competitor to replace conventional batteries in portable electronic devices. It also has the potential to take over internal combustion engines in cars. The research activities on DAFCs at the HKUST will be overviewed and some of our DAFC prototypes will be demonstrated.

Speaker biography

T.S. Zhao is currently Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at HKUST and the Director of the HKUST Energy Institute. His academic career started with a Bachelor and Master degree, both in Engineering Thermo-physics from Tianjin University, China, followed by a PhD degree at the University of Hawaii, USA, in 1995. Professor Zhao is an internationally renowned expert in engineering thermo-physics and energy engineering and is distinguished for his seminal contributions in the areas of fuel cells, flow batteries, multi-scale multiphase heat and mass transport with electrochemical reactions, and computational modeling. He is an author/co-author of over 190 journal papers with more than 5,800 citations and an h-index of 43 (Web of Science). Moreover, his 16 papers are on the list of the ESI highly cited papers and three papers were awarded with the Most Cited Article Award by Elsevier.

His scientific research has been recognised by many recent awards, including ASME Fellow award, the Croucher Senior Fellowship award, the Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars Award (NSFC), and the Yangtze River Chair Professorship. In addition to his scholastic achievements with outstanding research credential, he has also received many teaching excellence awards, including the Bechtel Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award from the HKUST. In the international community, Professor Zhao serves as Editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Energy and Environment Series, Regional Editor of Applied Thermal Engineering, and has been a member of the editorial board for more than 20 international journals.