CHME Graduate Seminar

Date(s) - Fri 03/16/18
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Jett Hall (JH) 259 Watkins Connected Learning Classroom


Alan Fuchs, Ph.D.
Director, California Energy Research Center (CERC)
California State University, Bakersfield

Novel Materials for Fuel Cell Membranes, Intelligent Materials and Biomedical Applications


Dr. Alan Fuchs will speak about developments in the areas of energy,  new materials and characterization. Research has focused on the development of novel polymer and composite materials and their energy related applications.

In the area of fuel cell membranes, these materials have been synthesized as polyquinoline and polyquinoxaline proton exchange membranes. These are high temperature hydrocarbon membranes designed to resist poisoning and thermo-oxidative degradation.   They have been characterized using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and a variety of other methods which apply to their applications in fuel cells.

Magnetically controlled intelligent materials have designed  for use as magnetorheological fluids and elastomers with high particle dispersion. They have been characterized for yield stress and viscosity. They have also been tested for a variety of other properties which relate to use use in  dampers and clutches.

In the area of biomolecular engineering, work on the development of multifunctional materials will be described which relates to materials with functionality for: drug release, imaging and targeting. These materials have been synthesized, characterized and  tested in-vivo on a mouse model for breast cancer.  

Dr. Alan Fuchs is the Director of the California Energy Research Center (CERC) and Professor of Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield. He was the Chair of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2010 – 2015 and faculty from 1998-2017. He has 40 peer reviewed manuscripts and 80 presentations. His research focus is energy and polymer materials for a variety of engineering applications including fuel cell membranes and water treatment. He has developed novel materials for engineering applications including: intelligent materials (magnetorheological liquids and solids) and multifunctional materials for biomedical applications. He designed and built a bioprocessing laboratory for monoclonal antibodies. The CERC is working on applications related to: oil and gas, solar, wind and bioenergy. He is currently Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), Career and Education Operating Council (CEOC), which is one of three operating councils that reports to the AIChE Board of Directors. Fuchs received his Ph.D. from Tufts University (Chemical Engineering), M.S. University of Rochester (Chemical Engineering), and B.E. from Cooper Union School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).