Dr. Thomas A. Trabold

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Mobility

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Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology
111 Lomb Memorial Drive 78-2412
Rochester, NY 14623
tatasp@rit.edu
585-475-4696
http://www.sustainability.rit.edu

Curriculum vitae

Research Overview Tom

Areas of Technical Specialization: Energy systems, fuel cells, bio-fuels, nuclear thermal-hydraulics, neutron measurement methods, coating processes, two-phase flow, free and impinging jets, fluid mechanics instruments.

 

Current and Recently Completed Projects

    Funding Source

    Project Title

    NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

    Low Cost Catalyst for Syngas Production and Reformer

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Fuel Reforming for Residential Power Applications: Fuel Reformer and Stack Integration

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Cooking Oil-to-Fuel Program

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Fuel Reforming for Residential Power Applications

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Characterization of Non-Aqueous Food Wastes as Feedstock for Sustainable Energy Production

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Brewery and Distillery Waste Reduction by Anaerobic Digestion

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Assessment of Waste-to-Energy Technologies for the New York State Food Processing Industry

    National Grid

    Food Processing Waste Feedstocks for Energy Production Via Anaerobic Co-Digestion

    Office of Naval Research (ONR)

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Development

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    Investigation of Micro- and Macro-Scale Water Transport for Improved Low Temperature and Freeze Performance

 

Recent Presentations

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T.A. Trabold, “The end of waste: Organic feedstocks for distributed energy generation,” Syracuse Center of Excellence 13th Annual Symposium, Urban Reinvention and Resilience, October 22, 2013.

J.H. Ebner, T.A. Trabold and A.A. Williamson, “Promotion of biofuels in the Finger Lakes Region through development of an interactive, web-based global information system tool,” Syracuse Center of Excellence 13th Annual Symposium, Urban Reinvention and Resilience, October 22, 2013.

T.A. Trabold, “Hydrogen fuel cells for sustainable energy production: Stationary, transportation and auxiliary power applications,” Energy for the 21st Century Symposium, University of Rochester, March 15, 2013.

D. Fister, T. Trabold, M. Apperson and J. Roj, “Biodiesel production by conversion of waste cooking oil from a municipal collection program,” New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) 85th Annual Conference and Exhibition, New York, NY, February 6, 2013.

Recent Publications

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J. Lin, T.A. Trabold, M.R. Walluk and D.F. Smith, “Bio-fuel reforming for solid oxide fuel cell applications. Part 1: Fuel vaporization and reactant mixing,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,Vol. 38, 12024-12034, 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.07.009 (2013).

J. Lin, T.A. Trabold, M.R. Walluk and D.F. Smith, “Bio-fuel reforming for solid oxide fuel cell applications. Part 2: Biodiesel,” accepted for publication in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.10.058 (2013).

J. Lin, T.A. Trabold, M.R. Walluk and D.F. Smith, “Bio-fuel reforming for solid oxide fuel cell applications. Part 3: Biodiesel-diesel blends,” accepted for publication in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.10.093(2013).

J. Lin, T.A. Trabold, M.R. Walluk and D.F. Smith, “Auto-thermal reforming of biodiesel-ethanol-diesel blends for solid oxide fuel cell applications,” Energy & Fuels, Vol. 27, 4371-4385 10.1021/ef302013d (2013).

J. Lin, G. Gaustad and T.A. Trabold, “Profit and policy implications of producing biodiesel-ethanol-diesel fuel blends to specification,” Applied Energy, Vol. 104, 936-944 (2013).

J. Lin, C.W. Babbitt and T.A. Trabold, “Life cycle assessment integrated with thermodynamic analysis of bio-fuel options for solid oxide fuel cells,” Bioresource Technology  Vol. 128, 495-504 (2013).

J.P. Owejan, J.J. Gagliardo, R. Reid and T.A. Trabold, “Proton resistance correlated to liquid water content of gas diffusion layers,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 209, 147-151 (2012).

T.A. Trabold, J.S. Lylak, M.R. Walluk, J.F. Lin and D.R. Troiani, “Measurement and analysis of carbon formation during diesel reforming for solid oxide fuel cells,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 37, pp. 5190-5201 (2012).

M.M. Daino, Z. Lu, J.M. LaManna, J.P. Owejan, T.A. Trabold and S.G. Kandlikar, “Through-plane water transport visualization in a PEMFC by visible and infrared imaging,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 14, B51-B54 (2011).

Recent Patents

J.P. Owejan, T.W. Tighe, J.A. Rock, T.A. Trabold and S.R. Falta, “Fuel cell bipolar plate exit for improved flow distribution and freeze capability,” U.S. Patent 8,501,364, August 6, 2013.

G.V. Dadheech, T.A. Trabold, Y.M. Mikhail and M.H. Abd Elhamid, “Amorphous carbon coatings for fuel cell bipolar plates,” U.S. Patent 8,497,050, July 30, 2013.

M.H. Abd Elhamid, G. Vyas, Y.M. Mikhail and T.A. Trabold, “Metallic bipolar plates with high electrochemical stability and improved water management,” U.S. Patent 8,470,488, June 25, 2013.

J.P. Owejan, T.W. Tighe, J.A. Rock, T.A. Trabold and S.R. Falta, “Fuel cell bipolar plate exit for improved flow distribution and freeze capability,” U.S. Patent 8,394,547, March 12, 2013.

G. Vyas, M.H. Abd Elhamid, Y.M. Mikhail and T.A. Trabold “Super-hydrophilic nanoporous electrically conductive coatings for PEM fuel cells,” U.S. Patent 8,389,174, March 5, 2013.

J.P. Owejan, T.A. Trabold and T.W. Tighe, “Low-cost hydrophilic treatment method for assembled PEMFC stacks,” U.S. Patent 8,389,047, March 5, 2013.

G. Vyas, M.H. Abd Elhamid, T.A. Trabold and Y.M. Mikhail, “Fuel cell contact element including a TiO2 layer and a conductive layer,” U.S. Patent 8,377,607, February 19, 2013.

T.A. Trabold, G.V. Dadheech, M.H. Abd Elhamid, Y. Zhang, K.E. Newman, J.A. Rock and S.J. Spencer, “Bipolar plate with microgrooves for improved water transport,” U.S. Patent 8,277,986, October 2, 2012.

G. Vyas, Y.M. Mikhail and T.A. Trabold, “Hydrophilic layer on flowfield for water management in fuel cells,” U.S. Patent 8,211,592, July 3, 2012.

G. Winter, G. Vyas, T.A. Trabold and R.L. Datta, “Process for application of hydrophilic coating to fuel cell bipolar plates,” U.S. Patent 8,182,884, May 22, 2012.

L.C. Whitehead, S.R. Falta, T.A. Trabold, J.P. Owejan and T.W. Tighe, “Water removal features for PEMFC stack manifolds,” U.S. Patent 8,168,340, May 1, 2012.

J.P. Owejan, J.A. Rock, S.J. Spencer and T.A. Trabold, “Bipolar plate header former features,” U.S. Patent 8,129,075, March 6, 2012.

G.V. Dadheech, R.H. Blunk, T.A. Trabold, R.L. Datta and K.E. Newman, “Microtextured fuel cell elements for improved water management,” U.S. Patent 8,105,721, January 31, 2012.

J.P. Owejan, T.W. Tighe and T.A. Trabold, “Constant channel cross-section in a PEMFC outlet,” U.S. Patent 8,101,322, January 24, 2012.

K.E. Newman, M.H. Abd Elhamid, C.H. Olk, T.A. Trabold and G. Vyas, “Development of high energy stainless steels for improved wettability,” U.S. Patent 8,097,377, January 17, 2012.

 

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