Dr. Ajay K. Prasad
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Fuel Cell Research
University of Delaware
302 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716
Personal website: http://research.me.udel.edu/prasad
Dr. Prasad is 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.
As the Director of the UD Center for Fuel Cell Research, Dr. Prasad facilitates coordination amongst the approximately 20 UD faculty members working in this area, as well as companies involved in fuel cells and hydrogen infrastructure activities. 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.
P. Bubna, D. Brunner, J.J. Gangloff, S.G. Advani, and A.K. Prasad, "Analysis, operation and maintenance of a fuel cell/battery series-hybrid bus for urban transit applications," Journal of Power Sources, 195:3939-3949, 2010.
S. Arisetty, U. Krewer, S.G. Advani, and A.K. Prasad, "Coupling of kinetic and mass transfer processes in direct methanol fuel cells," Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 157(10):B1443-B1455, 2010.
D. Spernjak, S.G. Advani, and A.K. Prasad, "Simultaneous neutron and optical imaging in PEM fuel cells," Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 156(1):B109-B117, 2009.
D. Brown, M. Alexander, D. Brunner, S.G. Advani, and A.K. Prasad, "Drive-train simulator for a fuel cell hybrid vehicle," Journal of Power Sources, 183:275-281, 2008.
Zhang F.Y., Advani S.G., and Prasad A.K., "Performance of a metallic gas diffusion layer for PEM fuel cells," Journal of Power Sources, 176:293-298, 2008.
Use of in-vitro models of the human nasal passage, bronchi, and alveoli to experimentally study flow patterns and mixing during breathing for pulmonary drug delivery.
Fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, solar-powered energy efficient homes. Director of UD Center for Fuel Cell Research.
Use of carbon nanotubes in polymer electrolytes, and nanoengineered structures in PEM fuel cell electrodes for improved performance and durability
Development of PIV and stereoscopic PIV; industrial mixing flows, entrainment in jets and plumes, biofluid mechanics, reactant flows in fuel cells, optimal spacing of wind turbines.
Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics
Modeling and measuring heat transfer phenomena in fuel cells, metal hydride-based hydrogen storage, and Li-ion batteries; thermochemical reactor design for generating hydrogen from concentrated sunlight.
Novel polymeric materials for fuel cell membranes; novel electrocatalysts and catalyst supports for PEM and DMFCs; novel metal foil gas diffusion layers for PEM fuel cells.
Fuel cells for transportation; hydrogen generation using renewable solar-based methods; Li-ion batteries; wind and ocean current energy; solar-powered energy efficient homes.
Life & Health Sciences
Measurement of flow patterns and mixing in the human respiratory tract using anatomically accurate in-vitro models and imaging-based diagnostic tools for pulmonary drug delivery.