Boosting fuel cells' green power is aim of Dishari's CAREER project

Shudipto Dishari | University Communication
Shudipto Dishari | University Communication

Cars powered by fuel cells have been an environmentally friendly option for several years, at least in California where drivers can fill up on hydrogen. But their hefty price tags compared to vehicles with traditional combustion engines are much less friendly, curtailing widespread adoption.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineer Shudipto Dishari, who assists with the CSMCE's Women in Science Conference, aims to both reduce the cost and improve the energy efficiency of hydrogen-based fuel cells and related energy conversion and storage devices. She earned a five-year, nearly $600,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation to continue her research.

"The fuel cell is a pretty cool technology," said Dishari, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. "It's green technology. It produces electricity without creating harmful gases like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, so it will help us reduce the global carbon footprint."

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