Shawen Tao received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China, in 1998. He worked at Risø National Laboratory of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark, in 1999. During 2000-2007, he worked at University of St Andrews, UK, as a Research Associate, EastChem Fellow, and Lecturer. He moved to Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, to take a Readership in 2007. He was appointed as Professor in nanotechnology for energy solutions at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 2010 through the John Anderson Research Leadership Appointment. Tao has been active in developing new ionic/electronic conducting materials for electrochemical devices, particularly fuel cells, for over fifteen years and publishing several key papers. He is associated with 5 patent applications and over 80 refereed journal papers. Tao discovered the first efficient redox stable anode (La0.75Sr0.25)Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-d for solid oxide fuel cells. He also identified an easily sintered, stable, dense, and conductive proton-conducting material BaCe0.5Zr0.3Y0.16Zn0.04O3-d. Regarding fuel cell systems, he developed the first all-perovskite solid oxide fuel cell and the first symmetrical/reversible solid oxide fuel cell. His group has developed the first urea/urine fuel cell. Tao’s research on the first urine fuel cell has been highlighted by BBC News and New Scientists. He also developed the first direct ammonia fuel cell based on alkaline membrane electrolyte. He also developed the first direct ammonium carbonate fuel cell.
Biography Updated on 23 June 2013