Elliott Padgett

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Personal Profile

Elliot Padgett's research aims to advance low-cost, renewable hydrogen production through polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis, especially through understanding degradation and improving durability for next-generation, low-platinum-group-metal electrolyzers.

Research Interests

Low-temperature water electrolysis and fuel cells 


Electron microscopy 

Professional Experience

Before coming to NREL, Elliot was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education science and technology policy fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. He completed his doctorate at Cornell University, where he researched the impact of automotive fuel cell catalyst nanostructure on performance and durability using electron microscopy.

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Applied Physics, Cornell University

Master, Applied Physics, Cornell University

Bachelor, Physics, Swarthmore College


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