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Yushan Yan recognized for advances in energy technology

Yushan Yan has received the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Energy Technology Division Research Award for 2018. Yan is a Distinguished Engineering Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship in the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering. The Electrochemical Society advances electrochemical and solid state science and technology. Its Energy Technology Division focuses on energy conversion through technologies such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow batteries, and more. The ECS Energy Technology Division Research Award recognizes researchers whose achievements will likely impact future research and development in the field.

“I’m honored to be selected for this award,” said Yan, a fuel cell expert, “and I am humbled to join such an impressive list of accomplished scientists and engineers in the energy technology area.”  

Yan leads and contributes to multiple projects funded by the Department of Energy. In 2017 alone, his research group has secured more than $5 million in research funding.

Much of Yan’s research focuses on fuel cells, an eco-friendly power source. Multiple carmakers are developing vehicles that run on fuel cells instead of internal combustion engines, since the latter types emit pollution. Fuel cell cars offer another benefit—they don’t have to be plugged in.