Dr. Ajay K. Prasad

Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Fuel Cell Research
University of Delaware
126 Spencer Laboratory
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Dr. Prasad is the Department Chair and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989 in the area of experimental fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Subsequently, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the University of Delaware in 1992. Dr. Prasad's research interests lie in the area of clean energy including fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, and vehicle-to-grid technology. He is also interested in energy-efficient, solar-powered buildings.

Professor Prasad also directs the University of Delaware Fuel Cell Bus Program whose goal is to develop and demonstrate fuel cell powered transit vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations in the state of Delaware.

Key Publications

Zheng W, Wang L, Deng F, Giles SA, Prasad AK, Advani SG, Yan Y, and Vlachos DG, "Durable, self‐hydrating, tungsten carbide‐based composite polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells," Nature Communications, 8:418 (8 pages), 2017.

Baker AM, Williams STD, Mukundan R, Spernjak D, Advani SG, Prasad AK, and Borup RL, "Zr-doped ceria additives for enhanced PEM fuel cell durability and radical scavenger stability,"Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5:15073-15079, 2017.

Lindemer MD, Advani SG, and Prasad AK, "Experimental investigation of heterogeneous hydrolysis with Zn vapor under a temperature gradient," International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(12):7847-7856, 2017.

Wang L, Advani SG, and Prasad AK, "Self-healing composite membrane for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications," Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163(10):F1267-F1271, 2016.

Firestone J, Archer CL, Gardner MP, Madsen JA, Prasad AK, Veron DE, "Opinion: The time has come for offshore wind power in the US," Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 112(39):11985-11988, 2015.

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