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IMSE Seminar: "Advanced Catalysts for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies"

Monday, October 2, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, 12
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Gang Wu, Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Due to the overwhelming use of fossil fuels in past decades, clean and efficient energy storage and conversion via sustainable electrochemical reactions associated with hydrogen, oxygen, and water have attracted substantial attention for energy and environmental sustainability. Among compelling energy technologies, hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are a promising zero-emission power source for transportation to mitigate environmental pollution and reduce fossil-fuel dependence. Relative to traditional family cars, PEMFCs are highly desirable for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) requiring high efficiency, long driving distances, and fast refueling. However, current materials, including catalysts, membranes, and ionomers, cannot meet the challenging targets of high-efficiency, low-cost, and long-term durability of up to 25,000 hours (or one million miles) for HDVs. Developing high-performance cathode catalysts is crucial for significantly improving performance and reducing the costs of PEMFCs for HDV applications. Our research group at SUNY-Buffalo has been well supported by U.S. DOE in the past decade, aiming to address materials issues through designing and scaling up innovative and highly efficient catalysts and electrodes.


In this talk, I discuss recent understanding, progress, achievement, and perspective on developing low-cost and high-performance air cathode catalysts via two types of technique solutions, i.e., platinum group metal (PGM)-free atomically dispersed metal-nitrogen-carbon catalysts and ordered low-PGM intermetallic PtCo catalysts for PEMFCs.  

Faculty, students, and the general public are invited.

Event Type



Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology



Institute of Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Event Contact

Beth Gartin, bgartin@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Gang Wu is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo). He completed his Ph.D. studies at the Harbin Institute of Technology in 2004, followed by extensive postdoctoral training at Tsinghua University (2004-2006), the University of South Carolina (2006-2008), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) (2008-2010). Then, he was promoted to a staff scientist at LANL. He joined SUNY-Buffalo as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2014 and was quickly promoted to a tenured associate professor in 2018 and a full professor in 2020. His research focuses on functional materials and catalysts for electrochemical energy technologies. He has published more than 320 papers in prestigious journals, including Science, Nature Energy, Nature Catalysis, JACS, Angew Chem, and Advanced Materials. His papers have been cited more than > 47,000 times with an H-index of 116 (Google Scholar). He is currently leading and participating in multiple fuel cell, battery, and renewable fuel (e.g., NH3) related projects with a total research funding of more than $10.0 M. Dr. Wu was continuously acknowledged by Clarivate Analytics as one of the Highly Cited Researchers since 2018. He recently received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activities (2021) and UB’s Exceptional Scholar–Sustained Achievement Award (2020).

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