Dr. Radenka Maric, in close collaboration with MSE Industrial Advisory Board member Mr. Armand Halter and Dr. William Mustain of UConn Chemical Engineering, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation “Grant Opportunities for Academic Liason with Industry” (GOALI) award. The GOALI award seeks to promote collaboration between universities and industry by funding research projects that operate across this divide. Such projects provide the opportunity for university faculty to gain valuable industry perspective and experience (and vice versa). These awards have always been competitive, but are even more so in the current economic climate. Thus, it is a significant and well-deserved honor for the team to be ranked first and funded by the NSF.
The team’s project is entitled “GOALI: One Step Direct Deposition of Durable Cathode for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC).” The importance of the proposed research lies in its position at the nexus of processing and microstructure with the activity, stability and utilization of catalysts using High Temperature Proton Exchange Membranes (HT-PEMFC).
This GOALI award will provide over $423,204 to fund the proposal through May 2016.
Dr. Radenka Maric, the PI on this initiative, is the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy at UConn. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, most recently being named a 2013 “Women of Innovation” Finalist in Research and Leadership of the Connecticut Technology Council. Co-PI Mr. Armand Halter is an active member of the MSE Industrial Advisory Board. He is also the Vice President of Applied Sciences at Sonalysts, Inc., where his work includes the development of materials for alternative energy sources. Co-PI Dr. William Mustain is the soon-to-be Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Department Head of CBE.