Ph.D. Student Zenyuk Wins First Place in Poster Competition-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ph.D. Student Zenyuk Wins First Place in Poster Competition

Iryna ZenyukIryna Zenyuk, a Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Shawn Litster’s group, placed first in the student poster competition in the PEM Fuel Cell Symposium at the Fall 2013 Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) in San Francisco, California,  Oct. 27-Nov. 1.  

Her poster, titled “Coupling of Deterministic Contact Mechanics Model and Two-Phase Model to Study the Effect of Catalyst Layer|Microporous Layer Interface on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Performance,” reported on a combined experimental and modeling study of the effect that porous material interfaces have on the operation of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Polymer electrolyte fuel cells are a promising future technology for replacing internal combustion engines in vehicles and batteries for portable devices because their high efficiency and zero emissions. The research is supported by a National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with Drexel University.

The ECS meeting is the premier international venue for electrochemical research, including research on fuel cells and batteries. The award is accompanied by a $1000 cash prize.