Trung Van Nguyen

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-3938
Learned Hall
Room 4132
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Research

Current focus is on:

• Interfacial phenomena at the electrode/membrane and membrane/membrane interfaces,

• Theoretical and experimental studies of spatiotemporal behavior and two-phase transport in porous electrodes and flow channels of proton exchange membrane fuel cells,

• Heat, gas and water management in proton exchange membrane fuel cells,

• Optimization of the micro-structures and phase distribution in the catalyst layers of PEM fuel cells for optimal two phase transport, durability and high performance,

• Development of stable and active catalysts for HER/HOR and MEAs for H2-Br2 fuel cells.

• Regenerative H2-Br2 fuel cells for large-scale electrical energy storage (funded by NSF and ARPA-E)

Research Interests

  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Interfacial phenomena, mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems

Selected Publications

Woo, J., Wycisk, R., Pintauro, P., Yarlagadda, V., & Nguyen, T. Van (2016). Electrospun Nafion/Polyphenylsulfone Composite Membranes for Regenerative Hydrogen Bromine Fuel Cells. Materials, 143(9), 15. DOI:10.3390/ma9030143 http://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials

Ye, Q., You, X., Nguyen, T., & Cheng, P. (2015). 2-D Model of a H2/Br2 Flow Battery with Flow-Through Positive Electrode. J. Electrochemical Soc., 163(3), A447-A457. DOI:10.1149/2.0361603jes

Weber, A., & Nguyen, T. Van (2015). Redox Flow Batteries–Reversible Fuel Cells. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163(1), Y1-Y1. DOI:10.1149/2.0331601jes

Yarlagadda, V., Lin, G., Chong, P., & Nguyen, T. Van (2015). High Active Surface Area and Durable Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotube-Based Electrodes for the Bromine Reactions in H2-Br2 Fuel Cells., 163(1), A5134-A5143. DOI:10.1149/2.0181601jes

Yarlagadda, V., Lin, G., Chong, Y., & Nguyen, T. Van (2015). High Surface Area Carbon Electrodes for Bromine Reactions in H2-Br2 Fuel Cells. J. Electrochemical Society, 163(1), A5126-A5133. DOI:10.1149/2.0181601jes

Nguyen, T. Van, Ahosseini, A., Wang, X., Yarlagadda, V., Kwong, A., Weber, A. Z, Deevanhxay, P., Tsushima, S., & Hirai, S. (2015). Hydrophobic Gas-Diffusion Media for Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cells by Direct Fluorination. J. Electrochem. Soc., 162(14), F1451-F1460. DOI:10.1149/2.0411514jes

Lin, G., Chong, Y., Yarlagadda, V., Nguyen, T. Van, Wycisk, R. J., Pintauro, P. N, Bates, M., Mukerjee, S., Tucker, M. C, & Weber, A. Z (2015). Advanced Hydrogen-Bromine Flow Batteries with Improved Efficiency, Durability and Cost. J. Electrochemical Society, 163(1), A5049-A5056. DOI:10.1149/2.0071601jes

Yarlagadda, V., Dowd Jr., R., Park, W., Pintauro, P. N, & Nguyen, T. Van (2015). A Comprehensive Study of an Acid-Based Reversible H2-Br2 Fuel Cell System. J. Electrochemical Society, 162(8), F919-F926. DOI:10.1149/2.1041508jes

Masud, J., Nguyen, T. Van, Singh, N., McFarland, E., Ikenberry, M., Horn, K., Pan, C., & Hwang, B. (2015). A RhxSy/C Catalyst for the Hydrogen Oxidation and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions in HBr. J. Electrochemical Society, 162(4), F455-F462. DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.0901504jes

Nguyen, T. Van, Yarlagadda, V., Lin, G., Weng, G., Li, V., & Chan, K. (2014). Comparison of Acid and Alkaline Hydrogen-Bromine Fuel Cell Systems. (37th ed., Vol. 58, pp. 29-35). In ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society.

Dowd, R. Paul, Nguyen, T. Van, Moore, D. S, Pintauro, P. N, & Park, J. (2014). Conductive AFM Study to Differentiate between the Surface Ionic Conductivity of Nafion and Electrospun Membranes. (1st ed., Vol. 58, pp. 607-613). In ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society.

Yarlagadda, V., & Nguyen, T. Van (2014). High Surface Area Carbon Electrodes for the Bromine Reactions in H2-Br2 Fuel Cells. (36th ed., Vol. 58, pp. 25-32). In ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society.

Masud, J., Walter, J., Nguyen, T. Van, Lin, G., Singh, N., McFarland, E., Metiu, H., Ikenberry, M., Hohn, K., Pan, C., & Hwang, B. (2014). Synthesis and Characterization of RhxSy/C Catalysts for HOR/HER in HBr. (1st ed., Vol. 58, pp. 37-43). In ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society.

Tucker, M. C, Cho, T., Weber, A. Z, Lin, G., & Nguyen, T. Van (2014). Optimization of Electrode Characteristics for the Br2/H2 Redox Flow Cell. J. Appl. Electrochem., 45, 11-19. DOI:10.1007/s10800-014-0772-1

Selected Presentations

Li, Y. & Nguyen, T. (06/01/2016 - 06/01/2016). Core-Shell Rhodium Sulfide as Catalyst for HER/HOR in HBr Solution. 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA

Dowd, R. & Nguyen, T. (06/01/2016 - 06/01/2016). Engineering the Ionic Polymer Phase Surface Properties of a PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer (Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division Student Achievement Award Presentation). 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA

Dowd, R., Zeets, M. & Nguyen, T. (06/01/2016 - 06/01/2016). Preliminary Study of a Hydrogen-Vanadium Flow Battery. 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA

Nguyen, T. (02/16/2016 - 02/16/2016). Reversible H2-Br2 Fuel Cells for Electrical Energy Storage for the Electrical Grids and Renewable Energy Sources. Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dowd, R., Zeets, M. & Nguyen, T. (12/08/2015). Effect of Br2 Complexation on a Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery. ACEEES 2015 Conference. Maui, Hawaii

Nguyen, T., Yarlagadda, V., Li, Y., Lin, G., Chong, P., Tucker, M., Weber, A., Wycisk, R., Pintauro, P., Bates, M. & Mukerjee, S. (11/10/2015). Advances in Hydrogen Bromine Fuel Cells. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Dowd, R., Zeets, M. & Nguyen, T. (11/10/2015). Effect of Br2 Complexation on a Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting.

Nguyen, T., Konwar, D., Yarlagadda, V. & Dowd, R. (11/09/2015). Alkaline Hydrogen Iodine Fuel Cell. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Selected Awards & Honors

Bellows Scholar for 2016 School of Engineering University of Kansas
2016

Miller Scholar for 2015 School of Engineering University of Kansas
2015

Education

  • BS, North Carolina State University, 1981
  • MS, Texas A&M University, 1985
  • PhD, Texas A&M University, 1988

Work Experience

  • Visiting Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2013.
  • Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2013
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, 2013
  • Program Director, Energy for Sustainability Program, CBET Division, Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation, 2007-2009.
  • Visiting Faculty, Los Alamos National Lab, 1998
  • Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1992-1994
  • Associate Director, Center for Electrochemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1990-1991
  • Senior Process and Product Development Engineer, Duracell, 1989-1990
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab, 1988-1989
  • Summer Research Intern, GM Research Center, 1985 and 1986
  • Process Engineer, DuPont, 1982

Career Most Influential People

  • Professor Ralph E. White (MS and PhD Advisor)
  • Dr. Hiram Gu (formerly at General Motors Research Lab)
  • Dr. Nicholas Vanderborgh (formerly at Los Alamos National Lab)

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2015
  • Miller Scholar, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 2015
  • Miller Scholar, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 2014
  • Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, 2012
  • Leading Light Award, University of Kansas, April 2012

Research Interests

Fuel cells and batteries and mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems

Current Research Focus:

  • Interfacial phenomena at the electrode/membrane and membrane/membrane interfaces,
  • Theoretical and experimental studies of two-phase transport in porous electrodes and flow channels of proton exchange membrane fuel cells,
  • Heat, gas and water management in proton exchange membrane fuel cells,
  • Optimization of the micro-structures the catalyst layers used in PEM fuel cells for two phase flow,
  • Development of electrode and membrane assemblies for PEM fuel cells for specific applications,
  • Development of large scale electrical energy storage systems for wind and solar ($2.3M from NSF and $1.724M from ARPA-A).

Recent Graduate Students Accomplishments

Wensheng He, PhD
Awarded the H.H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award for outstanding graduate research by the IEEE Division of the Electrochemical Society, May 2002; Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical & Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2004; and the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from the University of Kansas, May 2004.

Dilip Natarajan, PhD
Awarded Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical & Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2005; and the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from the University of Kansas, May 2005

Guangyu Lin, PhD
Awarded the Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical & Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2006

Xuhai Wang, PhD
Awarded the Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical & Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2010

Venkata Yarlagadda, PhD
Received the 2013 Student Achievement Award by the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering (IEEE) Division of the Electrochemical Society. Received the Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical & Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2016, and the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Sciences and Engineering from the University of Kansas, May 2016.

Regis Dowd, PhD
Received Best Student Presentation at 2013 ACEEES Conference organized by Tokyo Institute of Technology in Huntington Beach, California. Received the 2016 Student Achievement Award by the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering (IEEE) Division of the Electrochemical Society. Received the Frank Bowdish Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Chemical and Petroleum Department of the University of Kansas, May 2017.

Current Research Students

Regis Dowd, PhD
Yuanchao Li, PhD
Ankit Verma, PhD
Kevin Tenny, undergraduate
Vikram Lakhanpal, undergraduate
Ahmed Abdulwahab Almujahed, undergraduate
Simon Velasquez Morales. undergraduate

 


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