Trung Van Nguyen

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Professor
Primary office:
785.864.3938
Learned Hall, 4132
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Education

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

Li, Yuanchao, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Synthesis and Evaluation of RhxSy Catalyst with Functionalized Carbon for HOR/HER in H2-Br2 Reversible Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 165, no. 14 (September 19, 2018): F1139–46. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0191814jes.
Li, Yuanchao, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Core-Shell Rhodium Sulfide Catalyst for HER/HOR in HBr Solution.” Journal Articles. Journal of Power Sources 382 (April 1, 2018): 152–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.02.005.
Dowd, Regis, Jr, Ankit Verma, Yuanchao Li, Devon Powers, Ryszard Wycisk, Peter Pintauro, and Trung Van Nguyen. “A Hydrogen-Vanadium Rerversible Fuel Cell Crossover Study.” Journal Articles. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164, no. 14 (November 12, 2017): F1–7. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.11001714jes.
Tenny, Kevin M, Vikram S Lakhanpal, Regis P Dowd Jr., Venkata Yarlagadda, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Impact of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Fabrication on Carbon Cloth Electrodes for Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164, no. 12 (July 25, 2017): A1–5. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.1151712jes.
Park, Jun Woo, Ryszard Wycisk, Guangyu Lin, Pau Ying Chong, Devon Powers, Trung Van Nguyen, Regis P Dowd Jr., and Peter N Pintauro. “Electrospun Nafion/PVDF Single-Fiber Blended Membranes for Regenerative H⁠2/Br⁠2 Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Journal of Membrane Science 541 (May 29, 2017): 85–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2017.06.086.
Dowd , Regis P, Jr, Vikram Lakhanpal, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Evaluation of a Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell Performance.” Journal Articles. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 164, no. 6 (March 22, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0521706jes.
Nguyen, Trung Van. FUEL CELLS. Books. Edited by Ali Sadegh and William Worek. Section 7: Power Generation, 2017.
Dowd Jr., Regis P, Cynthia S Day, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Engineering the Ionic Polymer Phase Surface Properties of a PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer.” Journal Articles. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164, no. 2 (November 31, 2016): F138–F146. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.1081702jes.
Dowd, Regis P, Venkata Yarlagadda, Dhrubajit Konwar, Guangyu Lin, Guoming Weng, Chi-Ying Vanessa Li, Kwong-Yu Chan, and Trung Van Nguyen. “A Study of Alkaline-Based H2-Br2 and H2-I2 Reversible Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 163, no. 14 (September 20, 2016): F1471–F1479. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0011614jes.
Woo, Jun, Ryszard Wycisk, Peter Pintauro, Venkata Yarlagadda, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Electrospun Nafion/Polyphenylsulfone Composite Membranes for Regenerative Hydrogen Bromine Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Materials 143, no. 9 (February 29, 2016): 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9030143.
Ye, Qiang, Xin You, Trung Nguyen, and Ping Cheng. “2-D Model of a H2/Br2 Flow Battery with Flow-Through Positive Electrode.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochemical Soc. 163, no. 3 (November 17, 2015): A447–57. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0361603jes.
Weber, Adam, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Redox Flow Batteries–Reversible Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 163, no. 1 (November 4, 2015): Y1–Y1. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0331601jes.
Yarlagadda, Venkata, Guangyu Lin, PauYing Chong, and Trung Van Nguyen. “High Active Surface Area and Durable Multi-Wall Carbon-Based Electrodes for the Bromine Reactions in H2-Br2 Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles 163, no. 1 (September 30, 2015): A5134–43. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0181601jes.
Yarlagadda, Venkata, Guangyu Lin, Pau Ying Chong, and Trung Van Nguyen. “High Surface Area Carbon Electrodes for Bromine Reactions In-Br2 Fuel Cells.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochemical Society 163, no. 1 (September 30, 2015): A5126–33. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0181601jes.
Nguyen, Trung Van, Azita Ahosseini, Xuhai Wang, Venkata Yarlagadda, Anthony Kwong, Adam Z Weber, Phengxay Deevanhxay, Shoji Tsushima, and Shuichiro Hirai. “Hydrophobic Gas-Diffusion Media for Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cells by Direct Fluorination.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochem. Soc. 162, no. 14 (September 9, 2015): F1451–60. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0411514jes.
Lin, Guangyu, Pau Ying Chong, Venkata Yarlagadda, Trung Van Nguyen, R. J. Wycisk, Peter N Pintauro, Michael Bates, Sanjeev Mukerjee, Michael C Tucker, and Adam Z Weber. “Advanced Hydrogen-Bromine Flow Batteries with Improved, Durability and Cost.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochemical Society 163, no. 1 (August 1, 2015): A5049–56. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0071601jes.
Yarlagadda, Venkata, Regis Dowd Jr., Jun Woo Park, Peter N Pintauro, and Trung Van Nguyen. “A Comprehensive Study of an Acid-Based Reversible H2-Br2 Cell System.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochemical Society 162, no. 8 (May 6, 2015): F919–26. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.1041508jes.
Masud, Jahangir, Trung Van Nguyen, Nirala Singh, Eric McFarland, Myles Ikenberry, Keith Horn, Chun-Jern Pan, and Bing-Joe Hwang. “A RhxSy/C Catalyst for the Hydrogen Oxidation and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions in HBr.” Journal Articles. J. Electrochemical Society 162, no. 4 (February 10, 2015): F455–62. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0901504jes.
Tucker, Michael C, Kyu Taek Cho, Adam Z Weber, Guangyu Lin, and Trung Van Nguyen. “Optimization of Electrode Characteristics for the Br2/H2 Redox Flow Cell.” Journal Articles. J. Appl. Electrochem. 45 (September 17, 2014): 11–19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10800-014-0772-1.
Nguyen, Trung  Van, Venkata Yarlagadda, Guangyu Lin, Guoming Weng, Chi-Ying Vanessa Li, and Kwong-Yu Chan. Comparison of Acid and Alkaline Hydrogen-Bromine Fuel Cell Systems. Conference Proceedings. ECS Transactions. Vol. 58. Electrochemical Society, 2014.
Dowd, Regis Paul, Jr, Trung Van Nguyen, David S Moore, Peter N Pintauro, and Jun-Woo Park. Conductive AFM Study to Differentiate between the Surface Ionic Conductivity of Nafion and Electrospun Membranes. Conference Proceedings. ECS Transactions. Vol. 58. Electrochemical Society, 2014.
Yarlagadda, Venkata, and Trung Van Nguyen. High Surface Area Carbon Electrodes for the Bromine Reactions in H2-Br2 Fuel Cells. Conference Proceedings. ECS Transactions. Vol. 58. Electrochemical Society, 2014.
Masud, Jahangir, Jack Walter, Trung Van Nguyen, Guangyu Lin, Nirala Singh, Eric McFarland, Horia Metiu, et al. Synthesis and Characterization of RhxSy/C Catalysts for HOR/HER in HBr. Conference Proceedings. ECS Transactions. Vol. 58. Electrochemical Society, 2014.
Dowd Jr., Regis P, and Trung  Van Nguyen. “Controlling the Ionic Polymer/Gas Interface Properties of a PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer during Membrane Electrode Assembly Fabrication.” Journal Articles. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, Submitted/In Review.

Selected Presentations

Nguyen, T. V. (6/25/2018). A Hybrid Reversible Hydrogen-Bromine Fuel Cell for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Storage. Mechanical Engineering Department Seminar, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea. Daejeon, South Korea
Nguyen, T., Hammar, R., & Garton, K. (5/15/2018). High Performance Reversible Hydrogen Vanadium Fuel Cell for Electrical Energy Storage. Electrochemical Society Spring 2018 Meeting. Seattle, WA
Li, Y., & Nguyen, T. V. (5/16/2018). Highly Dispersed RhxSy/C Catalyst with High Nafion Affinity for HER/HOR in H2-Br2 Fuel Cell. Electrochemical Society Spring 2018 Meeting. Seattle, WA
Nguyen, T. V. (1/19/2018). Engineering the Electrodes of PEMFCs for Optimal Two-Phase Transport and High Current Density Performance. Industrial Invitation, General Motors Global Propulsion Systems. Pontiac, MI
Nguyen, T. V. (12/19/2017). Reversible Fuel Cells for Electrical Energy Storage, II. How to be Successful in Graduate School, and III. How to Write a Good Proposal. The Sixth International Education Forum on Environment and Energy Science. Tenerife, Spain
Dowd, R., Jr, & Nguyen, T. V. (11/2/2017). Controlling the Polymer/Gas Interface of the Ionic Polymer Phase of a PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer during Membrane Electrode Assembly Fabrication. AIChE 2017 National Conference. Minneapolis, MN
Dowd, R. P., Jr, & Nguyen, T. V. (10/3/2017). Controlling the Polymer/Gas Interfacial Property of the Ionic Polymer Phase of a PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer during Membrane Electrode Assembly Fabrication. 232nd Electrochemical Society Meeting. National Harbor, MD
Dowd, R. P., Jr, & Nguyen, T. V. (10/2/2017). Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell Crossover Study. 232nd Electrochemical Society Meeting. National Harbor
Nguyen, T. V., Dowd, R., Jr, Lakhanpal, V., Powers, D., Wycisk, R., & Pintauro, P. (10/30/2017). Performance Evaluation of a Hybrid Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell. AIChE 2017 National Conference. Minneapolis, MN
Nguyen, T. V., Dowd, R. P., Jr, Powers, D., Wycisk, R., & Pintauro, P. (10/3/2017). Performance Evaluation of a Hybrid Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell. 232nd Electrochemical Society Meeting. National Harbor
Nguyen, T. V., & Pintauro, P. N. (9/1/2017). Hybrid Hydrogen-Bromine and Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cells for Electrical Energy Storage. Research Seminar. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Nguyen, T. V. (6/26/2017). Reversible (H2-Br2 & H2-V) Fuel Cells as Energy Storage Systems for the Electrical Grids and Renewable Energy Sources. Research Seminar, Department of Chemistry. National University of Laos
Li, Y., & Nguyen, T. V. (5/30/2017). New Process to Synthesize Rh2S3 Precusor for RhxSy Catalyst for HER/HOR in HBr Solution by Na2S and Pretreated Carbon. 231st Electrochemical Society Meeting. New Orleans, LA
Nguyen, T. V. (4/14/2017). Performance Evaluation of a Hybrid Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell. Seminar, Department of Chemistry. University of Hong Kong
Nguyen, T. V. (4/12/2017). Performance Evaluation of a Hybrid Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cell. Research Seminar, Department of Chemical Engineering. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Li, Y., & Nguyen, T. V. (6/1/2016 - 6/1/2016). Core-Shell Rhodium Sulfide as Catalyst for HER/HOR in HBr Solution. 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA
Dowd, R., Jr, & Nguyen, T. V. (6/1/2016 - 6/1/2016). 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., Jr, Zeets, M., & Nguyen, T. V. (6/1/2016 - 6/1/2016). Preliminary Study of a Hydrogen-Vanadium Flow Battery. 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA
Nguyen, T. V. (2/16/2016 - 2/16/2016). 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. V. (12/8/2015). Effect of Br2 Complexation on a Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery. ACEEES 2015 Conference. Maui, Hawaii
Nguyen, T. V., Yarlagadda, V., Li, Y., Lin, G., Chong, P., Tucker, M., ...Mukerjee, S. (11/10/2015). Advances in Hydrogen Bromine Fuel Cells. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah
Nguyen, T. V., Konwar, D., Yarlagadda, V., & Dowd, R. (11/9/2015). Alkaline Hydrogen Iodine Fuel Cell. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah
Dowd, R., Zeets, M., & Nguyen, T. V. (11/10/2015). Effect of Br2 Complexation on a Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

Selected Grants

Engineering the Ionic Polymer Phase-Fluid Interface of the PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer for Higher Performance. National Science Foundation. $300000.00. Submitted 10/18/2017 (8/1/2018 - 7/31/2021). Federal. Status: Funded

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

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


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

Yuanchao Li, PhD
Abdullah Bahdad – MS
Ryan Hammar – undergraduate
Steffan Green – undergraduate
Steve Osindo – undergraduate
Andrew Jaeschke - undergraduate

 


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