Science City Research Fellow
Centre of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research
School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: (+44) (0) 121 414 5081
Fax: (+44) (0) 121 414 5324
Dr Du received his E.B degree from Tsinghua University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1999. He got his Ph.D. degree of Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. And then, he moved to Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart as Guest Scientist, focusing on the study of the thermodynamic characterization of Na-Me-O phase equilibria by solid state electrochemical approaches.
In 2007, he joined the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research (Fuel Cells Research Group) in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, as Marie Curie Research Fellow sponsored by European Commission. He received his research fellowships from Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) in 2009,. Dr Du’s research concentrates on the nanotechnology for fuel cells.
Brief Summary of Research Interests
Hybrid catalysts of Pt-based nanostructures for PEMFCs and DAFCs
Aggregation and adhesion force between artificial and natural nanoparticles e.g. Pt, Au, Carbon, Nafion aggregates, Polystyrene, Adenovirus, Influenza virus and proteins.
Interaction of the nanoparticles with the support structures and membranes in fuel cells and health systems.
Professional Societies/Special Groups
Member of the American Chemical Society
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors in the UK.
SF Du, B Millingdon and BG Pollet. "The effect of Nafion ionomer loading coated on gas diffusion electrodes with in-situ grown Pt nanowires and their durability in proton exchange membrane fuel cells." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 36 (2011) 4386-4393. Link
SF Du, K Kendall, S Morris and C Sweet. "Measuring Number-concentrations of Nanoparticles and Viruses in Liquids On-line." J Chem Technol Biotechnol 85 (2010) 1223–1228. Link
SF Du. "A Facile Route for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes with In situ Grown Pt Nanowires." J Power Sources 195 (2010) 289–292.
K Kendall, A Dhir and SF Du. "A new measure of molecular attractions between nanoparticles near kT adhesion energy. Nanotechnology" 20 (2009) 275701 (4pp). Link
SF Du, HD Liu, and YF Chen. "Large-scale preparation of porous ultrathin Ga-doped ZnO nanoneedles from 3D basic zinc carbonate superstructures." Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 085611 (6pp) Link