CHME Graduate Seminar

Date(s) - Fri 04/27/18
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Jett Hall (JH) 259 Watkins Connected Learning Classroom


Application of Intermediate-Temperature Electrochemical Processes in Energy Conversion Technologies at Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

The sustainable supply of clean and economical energy is a grand global challenge. New energy technologies must be developed to meet the ever-increasing demands for energy, which is expected to double over the next few decades. Clearly, the only viable solution is that we must use alternative energy derived from renewable resources that do not harm the environment. To date, unfortunately, the primary limiting factors to broad commercialization of alternative energy technologies is their low efficiency and poor economic competitiveness. This requires continuous innovation of materials/structure and fabrication processes. This is precisely the objective of Dr. Ding’s research laboratory at INL. Theirvision is to use their technical experience, capability, and scientific approach to create new energy technologies, which could be integrated with nuclear energy, for a clean and secure energy future. In Dr. Ding’s talk today, he will give a high-level overview on his research at INL, with special emphasis on co-production of ethylene and hydrogen using ethane, development of direct carbon fuel cells as well as solid oxide electrolysis process for highly-efficient hydrogen production at intermediate temperatures.

Dr. Dong Ding is a staff engineer/scientist in the directorate of Energy and Environmental Science & Technology at Idaho National Laboratory, leading the efforts in the area of electrochemical processing and electrocatalysis for energy storage and conversion. He is a principal investigator for multi-projects including direct funded and Lab Directed Research & Development (LDRD). Dr. Ding’s lab provided a functional Node capability to the HydroGEN of Energy Materials Network under Department of Energy-Office of Fuel Cell Technology. Dr. Dong Ding has 17-year of industry and research institute technical expertise in the design, fabrication, and manufacturing of advanced materials and solid state devices. Prior to joining INL, he was Sr. Materials Engineer at Redox Power Systems in Maryland, where his effort was focused on commercialization of solid oxide fuel cells. He received his doctorate in material science at the University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), where he also earned a bachelor’s in materials chemistry. He was a postdoctoral fellow at West Virginia and National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) in Morgantown, W.V. (2009-2010) and at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. (2010-2014).

Dr. Ding has 68 coauthored peer-reviewed publications including many high impact journals Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Energy, NPG Asia Materials, Chemistry of Materials, and Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, etc. Dr. Ding’s publications were cited by over 2100 times with H index of 28 where three articles are highly cited (top 1%) according to Essential Science Indicators (ESI). He holds 14 international or national patent/patent applications. Dr. Ding’s current research interests include intensified advanced manufacturing processes for production of chemicals and fuels, cost-effectively electricity generated from renewable sources, as well as efficient and robust hydrogen generation by steam or natural gas at intermediate temperatures.