The purpose of the Dr. Bernard S. Baker award is to encourage and recognize exceptional students in the field of fuel cell related technologies. Dr. Baker was a pioneer in the fuel cell industry, and was himself a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship as part of his graduate work in carbonate fuel cells in The Netherlands.
1st Place: $3,000 - Su Jeong Heo, Ph.D candidate, University of Connecticut
Research is focused on developing knowledge base that will allow for obtaining longer life of fuel cell stacks and in particular mechanistic understanding of the growth mechanisms of LiAlO2 in molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) matrix. Also the mitigation of electrode poisoning at solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC).
2nd Place: $2,000 - Abhishek Bagusetty, University of Pittsburgh
Designing and developing novel materials and a multi-scale proton transport theory and it's associated software to simulate engineering scale phenomena for anhydrous proton transport fuel cell membrane.
3rd Place: $1,000 - Yi-Lin Huang, University of Maryland
Work focuses on fundamental understanding of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) occurring on SOFC electrodes.