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Doctoral Student in UNM Research Group Focused on Developing Fuel Cell with High Performing Catalyst

Doctoral student Sadia Kabir is working to make fuel cells a solution to future energy needs.  She is part of a graduate research group of 15 students led by Distinguished Professor and STC Innovation Fellow Plamen Atanassov in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering who are developing different catalysts and fuels for fuel cells that will be a cheaper, cleaner and more efficient way to produce electricity.  Dr. Atanassov’s catalyst technologies for fuel cells received a “Top 10 Innovation” award from the Japanese Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in 2014.  Kabir is concentrating on a cell that uses ethanol as the fuel and palladium as the catalyst.  To find out more about her research, see Matthew Reisen’s terrific Oct. 21st article, “Grad students attack energy crisis with fuel cells,” from DailyLobo.com, reprinted below.

Grad students attack energy crisis with fuel cells