C. Jeffrey Brinker, Distinguished and Regents' Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the UNM School of Engineering and Co-Director, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, and Cheryl Willman, professor in the Department of Pathology at the UNM School of Medicine and Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center are the 2015 Innovation Fellows.
Research faculty members in the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials and Chemical and Biological Engineering Alexey Serov, Plamen Atanassov, Kateryna Artyushkova and Ivana Gonzales will spend the next two years working to develop materials for a cheaper, more durable and stable electrocatalyst for fuel cells.
CMEM faculty Alexey Serov will be the PI for the UNM-led program on Non-PGM anode catalysts development. Please visit energy.gov to read DOE Invests $10M Through the Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator Funding Opportunity to Support Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuel Technologies.
Dr. Michael Dougher, Vice President for Research, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Plamen Atanassov as Director of UNM's center for Micro Engineered Materials (CMEM), effective January 1st 2015.
Atanassov, is an internationally recognized expert on new materials and technology for electrochemical power sources. His research includes development of non-platinum electrocatalysts and nanostructured catalysts for fuel cells, advanced electro materials for batteries and biological fuel cells and the design for sensor systems. His leadership further strengthens CMEM's industrial collaborations as his group's jointly-developed fuel cell technology with Daihatsu Motors was honored as a "Top 10 Innovation" at the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum held in Tokyo, Japan. He was STC.UNM's Innovation Fellow for 2014 in recognition of his patents and commercialization accomplishments.Atanassov received his PhD in Chemical Physics from University of Sofia in 1987 and has been a faculty member at UNM from 1992 to 1999 and since 2000. He replaces Professor Abhaya Datye as CMEM's director. Datye now serves as Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Left to right: Eric Peterson, Andrew DeLaRiva and Abhaya Datye in the laboratory.
A research discovery was born from great frustration when Eric Peterson, a graduate student in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering at UNM, set out to learn a new measuring technique four years ago as part of his Ph.D.
UNM Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Abhaya Datye with graduate students Eric Peterson and Andrew De La Riva.
UNM Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Abhaya Datye, and his graduate students Eric Peterson and Andrew De La Riva, are focused on finding a way to make catalytic converters on diesel engines as efficient as possible by engineering them to work at lower temperatures. Catalytic converters in vehicles convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions.
Plamen B. Atanassov was chosen to receive the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in recognition of his achievements as one of the University of New Mexico's leading innovators. This special award is presented each year by the STC.UNM (STC) Board of Directors to a university faculty inventor whose body of technologies has made a significant social and economic impact on society and the marketplace. The award will be presented to Atanassov at STC's 2014 Innovation Awards Dinner on April 3.
"Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Argonne National Laboratory simulated diesel oxidation catalysts with 2.5% Pd and tested in two different preparations, one with alumina only and one with La-stabilized alumina. Each catalyst was roasted to 500° C to oxidize the Pd to PdO and then cooled to room temperature. When the temperature was raised to 140° C in the presence of CO, the PdO reduced to Pd metal. Results of the experiments were analyzed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) at the X-ray Science Division 9-BM beamline at the Argonne National Laboratory Advanced Photon Source. "
Above: SBA-15 coated with a thin carbon film remains unchanged even after hours of exposure to water. Credit: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed
Chemical & Engineering News' News of the Week for December 03, 2012 has an article featuring UNM CMEM. Abhaya K. Datye, Hien N. Pham, and Amanda E. Anderson found that the SBA-15 supports can be protected by coating them with a thin carbon layer. Read "Low-Cost Protection For Biomass-Processing Catalysts". The article was written by Mitch Jacoby.
Above: Bryon Kaehr, left, and Jason Townson.
A recent UNM Today article, "The Friday Afternoon Breakthrough", features CMEM faculty Jason L. Townson. Read the full text of "The Friday Afternoon Breakthrough" at UNM Today.
Hongyou Fan, faculty in the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, has been awarded the prestigious Asian American Engineer of the Year Award for 2012. More information about the award can be found at: http://www.aaeoy2012.org/.
Bianca Garcia and her mentor Bernadette Hernandez were interviewed by KOAT on their research regarding Marine Hydro Kinetic Technology which is a device that uses the ocean waves and currents to generate renewable electricity.
Above: Bianca Garcia working on ocean waves without the ocean
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