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John BedenbaughSustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen
University of DelawareNewark, DE
The development of a more sustainable energy system is a unique challenge facing our society. This issue bears a worldwide scope, reflected in the devastating economic, political, and environmental repercussions associated with current dependence on nonrenewable energy sources. Unfortunately, implementation of a practical alternative has thus far proven elusive. I believe solar hydrogen technology offers a promising opportunity for advancement, and I relish the opportunity to begin working on this difficult challenge in earnest as a member of the Solar Hydrogen IGERT program here at the University of Delaware.
I received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in May 2007. Undergraduate research experience with PEM Fuel Cells provided an avenue for my interest in alternative energy and introduced me to working with energy technology in an academic setting. I participated in NSF REU summer programs at North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado as an undergraduate, focusing on green processing and functional materials. I also garnered three semesters of work experience as a co-op at Kerr-McGee/Tronox Pigments, Inc. in Savannah, GA, where I gained valuable insight into the connections between industry and the environment, both locally and on a broader scale.
Outside of my academic pursuits, I am a diehard Gamecock football, basketball, and baseball fan. I am an intramural enthusiast, casual musician, and am working on my tennis game.Click here to edit your profile