Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fuel Cell Environment in South Carolina with Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider

Join us at Science Cafe
EngenuitySC's popular networking event and lecture series continues this July, expanding our expertise to another field of scientific research.  We will be raising our glasses with Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, Smartstate Endowed Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, at the University of South Carolina. 

Join us for the tenth installment of our Year of the Smartstate series where Dr. Reifsnider will discuss Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. 

Come grab a drink in one of our smart-looking Science Cafe pint glasses, and mix and mingle with fellow science-oriented Columbians. Get excited, get your questions - And join us!

When and Where
Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider
Smartstate Endowed Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
University of South Carolina

Tuesday, July 9th

711 Saluda Ave. Columbia, SC 29205

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Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, Smartstate
Endowed Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 

Dr. Reifsnider is the SmartState Endowed Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells at the University of South Carolina. A member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Reifsnider’s research focus is in fuel cell science and mechanical engineering, with a focus on how materials behave—their durability, damage tolerance, and the way they perform over time. Fuel cells are continually replenished with fuel and thus provide a continuous supply of electric power without running down like a battery. Solid oxide fuel cells convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy.

His research holds tremendous relevance and applicability as the world searches for safe, clean energy sources. Fuel cells hold tremendous promise for commercial and personal power. Applications include large-scale power distribution for municipalities, rural areas and industries, as well as heat and power for homes. They could also provide mobile power for computers, cell phones and other electronics. 
The work of Dr. Reifsnider and USC has attracted a cadre of influential partners, including General Motors, Boeing, BASF, John Deere, LG Electronics, and the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Dr. Reifsnider is highly regarded. In 2009, the White House named him to the Air Force Science Advisory Board. He is the only University of South Carolina researcher who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a former Deputy Director of a National Science Foundation Center. Prior to joining the USC faculty, he was the director of the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center at the University of Connecticut. To learn more about Dr. Reifsnider, visit    

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