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Dr. Alex Ignatiev
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Imagine a power source so small, yet so efficient, that it could make cumbersome power plants virtually obsolete while lowering your electric bill.
As the director of the University of Houston Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Alex Ignatiev, distinguished university professor of physics, chemistry, and electrical and computer engineering is working on thin film solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) whose potential uses range from matters of defense and space travel, to driving forces in the consumer market that include computers and electricity.
Traditional fuel cells can take up an entire room, but the CAM thin film SOFCs have active layers of only one micron thick—the equivalent of about one-hundredth of a human hair—dropping their operating temperature by nearly 550°C and making them ideal for a range of applications, where weight and size are factors, such as laptop computers and spacesuits.
“While there are a number of fuel cell research programs at the university,” said Ignatiev, “ours focuses on the application of thin film science and technology to gain the benefits of efficiency and low cost.”
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