Shawn Litster is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (2008) and his Bachelor Engineering and Master of Applied Sciences degrees from the University of Victoria. His current research focus is micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena in energy conversion technologies where electrochemistry and electrokinetics play a dominant role, including fuel cells, batteries, and ultra-capacitors. His research interests also include multiphase flow in porous media and micro-channels, non-linear dynamics, catalytic gasification, and microfluidic pumping.
Litster has received Carnegie Mellon’s George Tallman Ladd Research Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the University of Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal, and best paper/presentation awards from The Electrochemical Society and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He is an author of over 30 journal papers and three book chapters. He is also an inventor for two US patents on fuel cell design.
Advancing Transportation Technology: Electrification of Vehicles with Fuel Cells and Batteries
Fuel Cells for Electric Vehicles
Behind the Researcher
2008 Ph.D., Stanford University
2005 Master of Applied Sciences, , University of Victoria
2004 Bachelor of Engineering, University of Victoria
Scott Institute announces 2022 seed grants for five projects
The Scott Institute has announced its latest seed grant awards worth $1.42 million to five research projects led by CMU Engineering faculty.
Jaramillo on transportation, IPCC report for policymakers
Paulina Jaramillo served as coordinating lead author of the transportation section of the newly released IPCC report for climate-policymakers.
A disruptive approach to fuel cell tech
A research collaboration led by Shawn Litster receives $3.2M from ARPA-E’s OPEN 2021 program to develop ionomer-free electrodes for ultra-high power density fuel cells.
Litster interviewed on on virtual cycling program
MechE’s Shawn Litster was interviewed in VeloNews on Zwift, the largest virtual cycling game.
Litster quoted on hydrogen fuel cell market
MechE’s Shawn Litster was quoted in the Associated Press on the expansion of the hydrogen fuel cell market.
Litster mentioned on hydrogen fuel
MechE’s Shawn Litster was mentioned by AP News about hydrogen generators entering the market.
Litster quoted on hydrogen-powered vehicles
MechE’s Shawn Litster was quoted by AP News about the feasibility of hydrogen-powered vehicles as a step toward clean transportation.
Behind the Researcher
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CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants
Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.
Litster on fuel cell-powered cars
MechE’s Shawn Litster was interviewed in a Bloomberg article about Toyota’s upcoming second-generation Mirai vehicle, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered sedan. Fuel cell vehicles have been outsold in the U.S. and make up a small part of the market. In the past few years, improvements have been made, but according to Litster, there is still much to do, including finding a cheaper replacement for platinum.
Department of Energy
DOE awards Litster and partners $3.7M for fuel cell tech research
MechE’s Shawn Litster is involved in two new projects on fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles, which are both funded by the Department of Energy (DOE).
Leading the fuel cell charge
Shawn Litster earns recognition from the Department of Energy for his leadership in developing clean, efficient, and cost-effective energy alternatives.