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Huyen Dinh earned her bachelor's degree in applied chemistry in 1993 at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, with a thesis titled Kinetics and Equilibria of the Zn-EDTA-PAR Postcolumn Reaction Detection System for the Determination of Alkaline Earth Metals. In 1998 she earned her doctorate in electrochemistry, also from the University of Calgary, with a thesis titled Electrochemical and Structural Studies of Polyaniline Film Growth and Degradation at Different Substrate Surfaces. As a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Dinh characterized commercial PtRu anode catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) to gain an understanding of the key properties of PtRu contributing to high catalytic activity in a DMFC.

Dinh has more than 15 years of experience in direct methanol, hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane, and zinc/air fuel cells at national laboratories and in industry. Prior to joining NREL, she worked at three fuel cell start-up companies and is now part of the leadership team responsible for building a fuel cell R&D program at NREL. Dinh also supported the Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D and Technology Validation projects. She has also led an international working group to develop standard photoelectrochemical testing protocols for the DOE Hydrogen Production program, which has resulted in the publication of a Springer Brief. Also prior to joining NREL, she was involved in developing commercial fuel cells, fuel cartridges, and humidity sensor products. For 5 years, she participated in UL2265, IEC TC105 and USFCC fuel cell regulatory approval committees and assisted in developing standards and regulations for methanol fuel cell cartridges.

Currently, Dinh coordinates NREL's hydrogen production and delivery projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and is a principle investigator for effects of system contaminants on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) performance and durability.

Research Interests

Fuel cell catalysis (PEMFCs, DMFCs)


Renewable hydrogen production, including photoelectrochemistry, fermentation of biomass and the photobiological approach to hydrogen production, solar thermochemical hydrogen production, renewable electrolysis, and reforming bio-boil

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Electrochemistry, University of Calgary

Bachelor, Applied Chemistry, University of Calgary


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