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Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab Hydrogen and Electrofuels Research

WSU has leading hydrogen and electrofuels researchers from multiple departments

Su Ha is a Professor in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and Director of the O.H. Reaugh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Research. His researches focus on generating hydrogen gas from bio-fuels and abundant natural gases, developing fuel cells that directly convert the chemical energy of small organic molecules (e.g., formic acid) or logistic fuels (e.g., gasoline) to electrical power, working with natural enzymes to produce electrical power from sugars, and developing electric field assisted fuel reforming systems.

Jacob Leachman is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He founded the HYdrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) laboratory at WSU in 2010 to advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of hydrogen systems for the betterment of humanity. His expertise is hydrogen properties, particularly custody exchange, and cryogenic hydrogen technologies including liquefiers. Dr. Leachman’s webpage is here.

Hongfei Lin is an Associate Professor in the Voiland School of Chemical and Bio-Engineering. Dr. Lin’s research emphasis is catalysis for sustainability research, including electro- and photo-catalysis. Dr. Lin’s website can be found here.

Yuehe Lin is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). His hydrogen and electrofuels expertise is in nanomaterials, particularly non-rare-earth catalysts for fuel cells.

John Lynch is a Clinnical Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Coordinator of the WSU-Vancouver Electrical Engineering program. Dr. Lynch is also on the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance board.

Dustin McLarty is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, a Fulbright Scholar, and graduate of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. McLarty’s research focuses on high temperature fuel cells, distributed energy systems, and renewable energy storage dynamics. Dr. McLarty’s Clean Energy Systems Integration lab site is here.

Min-Kyu Song is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. His research emphasis is on the design of energy material interfaces, particularly fuel cells and batteries. Dr. Song’s website can be found here.

Many of the WSU hydrogen researchers are affiliated with WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC) which includes the power-grid researchers in electrical engineering. As well as the WSU-PNNL joint Advanced Grid and Bioproducts Institutes.

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