Please join us at the Boll Weevil Cafe on November 12th at 6:30 PM to enjoy a presentation by Dr. Brenda Garcia-Diaz of the Savannah River National Laboratory. Dr. Garcia-Diaz will be presenting on Electrochemistry and Oxidation in Advanced Clean Energy Systems.
Dr. García-Díaz joined the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in 2007 after receiving a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Prior to moving to South Carolina, she received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. During her time at SRNL, her wide ranging research assignments have included modeling and experimentation for safe storage and closure of high level waste tanks, materials research for alternate and renewable energy, accident tolerant nuclear fuel research, hydrogen storage research, and other materials-related activities. In addition to her research activities, García-Díaz has taken an active role in mentoring and counseling high school and college students who are interested in science and math. She currently serves on the external advisory boards for the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina and is the local chapter president for ASM International, a professional society for materials engineers.
Dr. García-Díaz has invented a variety of novel electrochemical cells for nuclear reprocessing and other applications. This includes being the principal investigator on a project to model and demonstrate the feasibility of an SRNL invented electrochemical fluorination process. She also invented the method of electrochemical oxide reduction using solid oxide electrodes. Dr. García-Díaz is also the Principal Investigator for a project to investigate high temperature corrosion in molten salt heat transfer systems as part of the Department of Energy SunShot program. As part of this project, she has performed thermodynamic, process modeling, and electrochemical analysis.