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K-State Today

November 23, 2022

Duan receives Materials Today Energy Rising Star Award

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

Chuancheng Duan, assistant professor in the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, is the winner of the 2022 Materials Today Energy Rising Star Award.

The award, given annually by the peer-reviewed journal Materials Today Energy, recognizes a researcher in the area of energy materials research within 10 years after doctorate completion who has demonstrated exceptional capability in research and the potential to become a future leader in the field.

Duan came to K-State in 2020 after finishing his doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines in 2018. He established the Materials Research Laboratory for Sustainable Energy with goals to develop advanced energy materials, novel electrochemical devices, and new processes to address critical energy and environmental issues.

At K-State, Duan has led and participated in several federal and industrial research grants totaling more than $1.5 million, with more than $1 million in funding to directly support his lab to develop novel materials for fuel cells, electrolyzers and electrochemical membrane reactors. His research interests include advanced materials for energy conversion and storage, membrane reactors, electrochemical reactors, electrosynthesis, catalysis, fuel cells, electrolyzers and sustainable chemical manufacturing. Duan has published more than a dozen of papers to disseminate his research on these topics.

Duan is also the lead author of high-impact articles published in Science, Nature and Nature Energy. He was previously honored with the 2017 Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society; the Rath Research Award for the doctoral dissertation that demonstrates the greatest potential for societal impact; and the 2017 Graduate Excellence in Materials Science, or GEMS, award, also from the American Ceramic Society, to recognize his outstanding achievements in materials science and engineering.

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