The Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Center is part of the larger USC Future Fuels TM Initiative, which works to develop new fuel and energy choices, which are becoming increasingly important as the United States and other nations look to reduce their reliance on carbon-based fuel. Solid oxide fuel cells are one of the leading types of fuel cells available for commercialization.
Led by an excellent faculty team, the Vision for the Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Center for Excellence is a bright future for society, enabled by efficient energy conversion, a sustainable environment, low-cost fuel cell systems and rapid new energy technology insertion. The faculty objective is to use engineering to drive the science that is needed to enable fuel cells and systems.
The SOFC faculty have been hand picked and assembled to lead the University's efforts in research and developing new fuel and energy choices.
Separation Membrane; Energy Conversion, Energy Storage
New Products and Fabrication Process Development; SOFC and System Design; Fabrication and Characterization; Inorganic Materials
Fundamental Studies of Electrochemical Phenomena in Energy-Related Devices
Mechanics and Durability of Functional and Structural Composite Materials
Manufacturing, Multi-Physics Analysis, Micro-/Nano-Mechanics, Prognosis and Life Prediction of Multi-scale and Multi-functional Heterogeneous Materials
Fuel Cells; Electrolysis; Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy; Mathematical Modeling
Fuel Cells, Batteries; Thermoelectrics; Solid-State Electrochemistry; Charge and Heat Transport
There are three affiliated faculty who round out the SOFC leadership. They are:
Heat Transfer; Fluid Dynamics
Micro/Nano Heat and Mass Transport Phenomena; Solar Cell Technology; Nanofabrication Technology with Applications on Transport Efficiency
Xiaodong "Chris" Li
Nanostructure, Nanofabrication; Boron; Mechanical Engineering