2017年4月6日，应新能源材料与低碳技术研究院王成教授邀请，南卡罗来纳大学机械工程系陈仿林教授来新能源研究院进行学术交流与访问，并为师生们做了题为“Materials Developmentfor Sustainable Energy Applications”的精彩的学术报告，来自新能源材料与低碳技术研究院、材料科学与工程学院及相关学院的师生参加了此次报告会。
Dr. Fanglin (Frank) Chen is a full Professor in the Department ofMechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC). Prior tojoining USC in Fall 2007, he has spent six years as Senior Staff Engineerworking on solid oxide fuel cell development at United Technologies ResearchCenter. Dr. Chen holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Anhui University, a M.S. inMaterials Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology ofChina, and a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Instituteof Technology. Dr. Chen has received several recognitions including theOutstanding Achievement Award from United Technology Research Center in 2005,Summer Faculty Fellow from the US Air Force Research Laboratory in 2009, theRising Star Faculty Award from USC in 2010, the Governor’s Young ScientistAward from the State of South Carolina in 2013, and the Research AchievementAward from USC in 2016. Dr. Chen currently serves as an Editor of InternationalJournal of Hydrogen Energy and Frontiers in Energy Research-Fuel Cells, hasover 160 peer-reviewed journal publications and holds 6 US patents.
Sustainable futureenergy scenarios require significant efficiency improvements in energyconversion and storage. Solid oxide fuel cells can convert chemical energy toelectricity efficiently and are environmental benign. Some specific exampleswill be given to highlight our recent progress in controlling materialscomposition and microstructure to achieve enhanced performance forenergy-related applications such as solid oxide fuel cells and gas separationmembranes. The first example will show how anode compositions can be tailoredto develop coking-resistant and sulfur-tolerant solid oxide fuel cells. Thesecond example will illustrate the concept of targeted phase formation in acomposite that serves to enhance the ionic conductivity and hence the oxygenpermeation performance. The third example will introduce a novel method tofabricate hierarchically porous materials. The last example will demonstratehow open channel microstructures can be designed to achieve high performancesolid oxide fuel cells.