Prantik Saha is a postdoctoral researcher in NREL's Chemistry and Nanoscience Center.
His primary research project involves advanced electrochemical diagnostics for electrodes
in CO2 electrochemical reduction systems. These novel devices can electrochemically reduce
CO2 from exhaust gases in thermal power plants, steel manufacturing factories, etc.,
to different carbon products that can be used in other industries. These devices are
similar to polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolyzers in design. As a result,
the diagnostic techniques from these two fields can also be applied to CO2 electrochemical reduction devices with some clever modifications. Working with NREL's
industrial partners, Prantik is setting up quick and accurate electrochemical diagnostic
methods for these systems.
During his doctoral studies, Prantik worked on fundamental aspects of the electric double layer at electrocatalyst-electrolyte interfaces. By combining electrochemical and electrokinetic techniques, he developed a novel method for studying electrode charging and ionic conductivity in the double layer. The method he developed is general and powerful enough that it has numerous applications in several electrochemical devices, most prominently in water desalination systems.
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Application of advanced electrochemical techniques to devices such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, and CO2 electrolyzers
Grid-scale energy storage
Ph.D., Chemical, Applied, and Materials Physics, University of California Irvine
M.S., Physics, Tufts University
B.S., Physics, University of Calcutta
Vice President, Association of Energy Engineers - UC Irvine Student Chapter (2018–2021)
Electrokinetic Streaming Current Method To Probe Polycrystalline Gold Electrode-Electrolyte
Interface Under Applied Potentials, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2021)
Electrokinetic Streaming-Current Methods To Probe the Electrode–Electrolyte Interface Under Applied Potentials, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2019)
Measurement of Contact Angles at Carbon Fiber–Water–Air Triple-Phase Boundaries Inside Gas Diffusion Layers Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2021)