- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Clean energy technologies (fuel cells, hydrogen electrolyzers etc.), electrochemistry, colloidal science, aerosol physics
Replacing rare-earth elements in clean energy technologies
Achieving global climate goals requires rapid and widespread implementation of clean energy technologies. Yet, use of rare-earth elements in these technologies (e.g. cobalt in batteries, platinum in fuel cells, indium in solar panels etc.) make them cost-prohibitive and limit the possibility of extensive world-wide adoption of these clean energy alternatives. Potential project ideas include reviewing the fundamental functions of these rare-earth elements in energy technologies and investigating alternative, earth-abundant materials which may serve similar functions.