By Amanda Olavarria
Su Jeong Heo, Ph.D. candidate at MSE was awarded first place for the 2017 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Award in fuel cell research at the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition.
She received this award for “developing a knowledge base that allows for obtaining longer life of molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) power generations systems and in particular a mechanistic understanding of the growth mechanisms of LiAlO2 in a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) matrix.” This award acknowledges students who are pursuing graduate research in advancing fuel cell technologies. It was created in honor of fuel cell pioneer Dr. Bernard S. Baker and is distributed once a year to three exceptional students worldwide. Su is honored to be following the footsteps of Dr. Baker in developing clean and efficient fuel cell power generation systems. She is interested in advanced material development, fuel cell research, and smart manufacturing that allows for cost effective deployment of clean power systems. Currently, Su is pursuing doctoral research in the Material Science and Engineering department and the Center for Clean Energy Engineering under the advisement of Professor Prabhakar Singh.