|UW McNair Scholar’s Research Project Chosen for ‘Posters on the Hill’ Event
(February 11, 2014)
When Talysa Stockert was a child, she and her father shared time taking apart home appliances and putting them back together.
Now, Stockert, a University of Wyoming energy systems engineering major, is researching how to make hydrogen fuel cell cars lighter and, eventually, more competitive with vehicles that run on conventional gas.
That engineering innovation has garnered the UW senior some attention. Stockert, a UW McNair Scholar and first-generation college student, was among 60 college and university undergraduate students nationwide selected to participate in the 18th annual Posters on the Hill April 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
Stockert’s poster presentation, titled “Heat Transfer Study in a Laboratory Twin-Screw Extruder for On-Board Hydrogen Storage,” was chosen from approximately 600 submissions. The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsors the event.
“I’m still in shock. I really didn’t expect it,” says the student from Greybull. “It’s another chance to talk about my research with different audiences.”
That audience will include guests invited by the presenters, members of the Council for Undergraduate Research, and all U.S. senators and U.S. representatives, says Zackie Salmon, project coordinator for UW’s McNair Scholars Program.
Stockert’s poster presentation demonstrates her research in transporting and heating ammonia borane — a solid, sticky hydrogen storage material. Heating the ammonia borane allows the hydrogen gas to be released from the solid and used by the hydrogen fuel cell to create electricity.
“You need a giant tank to hold hydrogen gas. The tank is heavy and unsafe,” Stockert says. “But, if you have a container of ammonia borane that... — [ more ]