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Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta , Georgia 30308
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  • Ph.D. , Chemical Engineering
    University of California at Berkeley
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Thomas F. Fuller Georgia Institute of Technology
Thomas F. Fuller Tom Fuller is a Professor in the School Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Fuller served for five years in the U.S. Navy in the submarine force working as a Nuclear Engineer. In 1992 he obtained a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemical Engineering. Subsequently, Dr. Fuller developed advanced lithium batteries while working as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He then moved to United Technologies Corporation in 1993. Dr. Fuller was director of engineering and responsible for technology development, design, assembly, and test of cell stacks for UTC Fuel Cells. Beginning in July 2009, Dr. Fuller has been serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. In 2009 Dr. Fuller was named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.
GTRI | Latest News | New Fuel Cell/Battery Center Director Ready to Take On Energy Challenge, 2 Aug 2004 [cached]
New Director Tom FullerFrom the car you drive, to the school bus your kids ride, the cell phone you dial and the community hospital you rely on -- practically every device or institution that makes life easier, or even possible, these days, consumes energy.
As a result, energy security and the associated environmental implications will continue to grow in importance if we are to sustain today's lifestyle, says Tom Fuller, Ph.D., the new director of The Georgia Tech Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies.
"Conservative estimates project that 10 terawatts of additional power will be needed by 2050 to satisfy global energy demands," Fuller says."This demand will be driven by population growth and economic development.What sources of energy will we come to rely on, and what will be the environmental consequences of providing this power?"
Those are questions that Fuller and his scientific and engineering colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta want to answer.Fuller began his new job July 1 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the applied research arm of Georgia Tech.He also holds a joint appointment as a full professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.Fuller follows in the footsteps of David Parekh, Ph.D., who previously led the FCBT center and now is deputy director of GTRI.
"GTRI is recognized for its ability to develop and test prototype devices for a diverse set of customers," Fuller said.
"Excelling in both basic research and delivering prototype hardware to customers is a theme we will continue at GTRI , bridging these areas is how we provide value to our customers," Fuller noted.
Fuller comes to GTRI from United Technologies Corporation in South Windsor, CT, where he was director of engineering at UTC Fuel Cells, a unit of UTC Power.There he led the development of technology for fuel-cell stacks, as well as directed the design, construction and delivery of fuel-cell power sections.He built a team of scientists and engineers who regularly integrated newly developed lab results, such as ideas for improved power density or durability, into products for major auto manufacturers.
Previously, Fuller served as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkley Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley, where he completed his Ph.D.He is a member of the Electrochemical Society and the American Chemical Society.
Fuller plans to broaden and deepen FCBT's excellence in electrochemical systems by increased research with his Georgia Tech chemical and biomolecular engineering colleagues.Among his goals for FCBT is developing a better understanding of the chemistry, physics, durability and cost of PEM fuel cells, which are used mostly in transportation.
"We want to use the knowledge we develop to make Georgia Tech's Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Innovative Battery Technologies the preferred resource that proactively serves commercial and military customers and stakeholders with the newest research and products," Fuller said.
Technology Association of Georgia, 3 Mar 2011 [cached]
Tom Fuller, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Improving Fuel Cell Durability: Research into Better Fuel Cell Materials and Designs Starts with Studying Failures | Georgia Tech Research Institute, 27 Mar 2009 [cached]
Tom Fuller, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, believes that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability.
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Tom Fuller, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, believes that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability.
Center director Tom Fuller has been trying to solve what he deems the top three durability problems since he joined GTRI from United Technologies three years ago.
“My philosophy is if we can really understand the fundamentals of these failure mechanisms, then we can use that information to guide the development of new materials or we can develop system approaches to mitigate these failures,†said Fuller, who is also a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE).
The problems Fuller is addressing include chemical attack of the membrane, carbon corrosion and platinum instability. Fuller described progress toward solving these problems last month at the 212th Electrochemical Society Meeting.
In a paper published in March in the Journal of Power Sources, Fuller and professor Dennis Hess, research scientist Galit Levitin and graduate student Cheng Chen, all from ChBE, used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to study the membrane degradation.
Fuller will leave the actual engineering of new non-degrading membranes to the materials scientists, but what he has learned can guide what properties new membranes should have and how they can be tested for degradation.
“If this happens, the fuel cell can be destroyed in days rather than years,†noted Fuller.
This problem is more common in non-stationary fuel cell applications, such as cars that require the fuel cell to start and stop when the vehicle is turned on and off.
“Researchers know this problem exists, but we’re trying to build physics-based detailed models to evaluate different fuel cell designs that will reduce the susceptibility to this type of corrosion,†said Fuller, who’s working on this project with Norimitsu Takeuchi from Toyota’s material research department and students Kevin Gallagher and David Wong with funding from Toyota.
Fuller, GTRI senior research engineer Gary Gray and graduate student Wu Bi, developed a model to predict where the platinum band would form to help to understand why it was happening.
“We found that the platinum can also be deposited throughout the membrane and it can move around to different places, but whenever it leaves where it’s supposed to be, it’s no longer effective,†said Fuller.
Fuller aims to understand these very small platinum particles by modeling the transport and thermodynamics of the particles in fuel cell systems. This work was funded by Hyundai Motors Corporation.
A recent gift of $200,000 from the Hartley Foundation will allow Fuller to purchase new research equipment and continue studying the degradation of fuel cells and how to improve/extend the life cycle and technology of these energy devices.
Alternative Clean Transportation "ACT" Expo - Videos, 18 Mar 2014 [cached]
How Fuel Cells Work - Professor Tom Fuller, Georgia Tech
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