08/05/2011 Archived Entry: "Podcast of CAER Fuel Seminar Speaker - Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider"

Podcast of CAER Fuel Seminar Speaker - Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider

The University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research has published another podcast for individuals interested in energy issues.

It explored the topic of Energy for Now and Then: Heterogeneous Functional Materials (HeteroFoaMs) for Fuel Cells and other Energy Systemsby Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider - Director, University of South Carolina's Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) program in Columbia, SC.

- Podcast and PPT File.

Materials and material systems "designed" by nature combine forms and functions at the nano- and micro-level to make the miracles of sight, sound, touch and conversion of energy to motion and growth possible. We are only now beginning to understand the science and develop the engineering needed to create multi-functional materials for applications in our society, including fuel cells, membranes, batteries, and a variety of micro-medical devices. The present seminar will address needs, opportunities, and progress in the design and development of such materials, especially heterogeneous functional materials or "HeteroFoaMs." The DoE HeteroFoaM Center led by the University of South Carolina is dedicated to those objectives. The discussion will also include a general survey of energy technologies, and the current and prospective role of fuel cells and other relevant technologies in securing, converting and storing energy.

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