The core skills in NanoHELP group lie in thermal-fluid sciences and combustions, micro-/nano- technology, advanced manufacturings, 3-D printings, and state-of-the-art spectroscopies and diagnostics. The group mission is to develop high-efficiency, low-cost and sustainable power and propulsion devices, including fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, direct combustion engines, and electric thrusters. The research will be ranging from fundamental understanding to system optimization with a strong interdisciplinary program for the study of micro/nano-scale chemical reaction, heat/mass transport, fluid mechanics, novel materials, corrosion, degradation, surface/mechanical/chemical properties and MEMS/NEMS.

@UTKnoxville research reveals potential for 50-fold increase in catalyst mass activity https://t.co/olsPBGDJxS @ORNL pic.twitter.com/w3vx2ag65p
— DOE Science (@doescience) December 2, 2016

G. Yang, J. Mo, Z. Kang, F.A. List, J.B. Green, S.S. Babu, and F.-Y. Zhang, Additive manufactured bipolar plate for high-efficiency hydrogen production in proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cellsInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy42 21 (2017) 14734-14740.

Kang, Z., J. Mo, G. Yang, S.T. Retterer, D.A. Cullen, T.J. Toops, J.B. Green, M.M. Mench, and F.-Y. Zhang, Investigation of thin/well-tunable liquid/gas diffusion layers exhibiting superior multifunctional performance in low-temperature electrolytic water splittingEnergy & Environmental Science. 2017, 10, 166 – 175.

Bo Han, Jingke Mo, Zhenye Kang, Gaoqiang Yang, William Barnhill, Feng-Yuan Zhang, Modeling of two-phase transport in proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cells for hydrogen energy. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2017

Jingke Mo, Zhenye Kang, Scott T. Retterer, David A. Cullen, Todd J. Toops, Johney B. Green Jr., Matthew M. Mench, and Feng-Yuan Zhang, Discovery of true electrochemical reactions for ultrahigh catalyst mass activity in water splitting. Science Advances 2 (11), e1600690, 2016.
Research supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has led to a discovery that could significantly increase the mass activity of catalyst in hydrogen production, which was released on November 18, 2016 as a research article on the top journal of Science Advances. This breakthrough could increase the utilization of catalyst and help drive the clean energy economy in the U.S.

Jingke Mo, Zhenye Kang, Gaoqiang Yang, Scott T. Retterer, David A. Cullen, Todd J. Toops, Johney B. Green Jr., Feng-Yuan Zhang, Thin liquid/gas diffusion layers for high-efficiency hydrogen production from water splitting. Applied Energy, 2016. 177: p. 817-822.

Stuart Steen, Jingke Mo, Zhenye Kang, Gaoqiang Yang, and Feng-Yuan Zhang,Investigation of titanium liquid/gas diffusion layers in proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cells, International Journal of Green Energy.

Bo Han, Jingke Mo, Zhenye Kang, and Feng-Yuan Zhang, Effects of membrane electrode assembly properties on two-phase transport and performance in proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cells. Electrochimica Acta, 2016. 188: p. 317-326.