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Doing Business As Name:University of Connecticut
  • A F Anwar
  • (860) 486-3979
Award Date:02/24/2009
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 250,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 282,000
  • FY 2012=$66,000
  • FY 2009=$58,000
  • FY 2013=$50,000
  • FY 2010=$58,000
  • FY 2011=$50,000
Start Date:03/01/2009
End Date:02/28/2015
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: I/UCRC for Fuel Cell Research
Federal Award ID Number:0855929
DUNS ID:614209054
Parent DUNS ID:004534830
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:438 Whitney Road Ext.
County:Storrs Mansfield
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Connecticut
Street:438 Whitney Road Ext.
County:Storrs Mansfield
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Full Center Proposal for a Center for Fuel Cells (CFC) 0856055 University of South Carolina (USC); John Van Zee 0855929 University of Connecticut (UCONN); A. F. Anwar The purpose of this proposal is to renew and expand the Center for Fuel Cells (CFC) as an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. This proposal is based upon USC?s successful completion of five years of operation of the CFC, as a single university site; and the commitment by five companies to join a research site at the University of Connecticut. USC will be the lead research site for CFC. The proposed Center will promote collaboration between universities and their industry partners and solve problems related to commercial implementation of fuel cells. The PIs list five focus areas to help advance the technology and commercialization of Fuel Cells. The addition of UCONN expertise in solid fuel cells would add to the expertise at USC in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. The renewed and expanded Center will be successful because it builds on existing strengths developed during the first five years of operation. The Center will also educate and train researchers for industry and government. The broader impact of the proposed center includes the importance of finding alternative fuel cell sources to fossil fuels. The proposed Center will encourage collaboration, and the research will expose students and faculty to state-of-the-art research projects of value to the industry. Students will have opportunities for industrial internships with members. The educational activities and the research participation in the Center activities will provide a diverse workforce for an innovative technology that will be part of a new economy. Over 30% of the student participants will be women or under-represented minorities. Faculty in the CFC will work with REU students to present their work at national meetings with the goal of obtaining recognition for these students.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Anas Mazady, Abdiel Rivera and Mehdi Anwar "Optimization of Annealing Conditions for ZnO-based Thin FIlms Grown Using MOCVD" MRS Proceeding, v.1675, 2014, p..

Abdiel Rivera, Anas Mazady and Mehdi Anwar "Low temperature growth of horizontal ZnO nanorods" MRS Proceeding, v.1707, 2014, p..

W. Yu, J.-S. Lai, S. -Y. Park "An Improved Zero-Voltage-Switching Inverter Using Two Coupled Magnetics In One Resonant Pole" IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, v.25, 2010, p.952. doi:10.1109/TPEL.2009.2030197 

Anas Mazady, Abdiel Rivera and Mehdi Anwar "Effects of Annealing on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanowires" MRS Proceeding, v.1675, 2014, p..

Project Outcomes Report


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The CFC’s technical goals are to address the challenges related to optimal design and development of scaled sustainable energy generators integrated with energy storage and appropriate power electronics. To help industry advance the technology and commercialization of fuel cells, the Center performed research in the following areas:

  • Fuel cell design
  • Fuel cell performance
  • Hydrogen storage materials, devices, and distribution systems
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Catalysts and materials for FCs
  • Power Electronics and power conditioning,

while expanding the role of the center by addressing the integration of other sustainable energy sources and power electronics to make Fuel Cell-based generation of electrical power more efficient. Over the period of five years over ten faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students were involved. Their combined efforts resulted in (a) ten journal papers, (b) fourteen conference presentations and most importantly working with five industry partners.


NSF I/UCRC supported research has resulted in obtaining an additional $24,000 in funding from Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) to develop self-powered remote360o remote measurement systems. The developed unit was demonstrated and delivered to NUWC. The center’s effort in scavenging energy led to the development of ZnO nanorods on flexible substrates. As shown in the figure, a peak-to-peak open circuit voltage of 2.4V was measured upon twisting the flexible substrate containing the ZnO-nanorods.

Last Modified: 05/26/2015
Modified by: A F Anwar

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