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Amine, Wang and Elgowainy Honored for Innovative Vehicle Research

photos of Khalil AMine, Michael Wang, and Amgad Elgowainy

Left to right: Khalil Amine, Michael Wang and Amgad Elgowainy

Argonne Distinguished Fellow Khalil Amine (Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division [CSE]), Senior Scientist Michael Wang (Energy Systems Division [ES]) and Principal Energy Systems Analyst Amgad Elgowainy (ES) were recently recognized by the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO). They were honored for their extraordinary contributions toward the advancement of energy-efficient vehicles, and all three received 2013 DOE VTO/FCTO R&D Awards.

Amine was recognized for his "discovery of new materials for next-generation, breakthrough battery technologies for automotive applications," while Wang and Elgowainy were jointly honored for their "outstanding contributions to life-cycle assessment of alternative fuel vehicles pathways, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles."

These awards were announced at the Annual Merit Review of VTO and FCTO in Arlington, Virginia, where partners and stakeholders of the two EERE programs gather to identify and accomplish its goals in clean energy technology. The missions of the two programs are to develop vehicle technologies that will enable vehicles to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, while remaining cost- and performance-competitive. In the long term, these advances will provide Americans with greater mobility and energy security.

Amine heads the Technology Development group in the Battery Technology Department within the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE). His research focuses on the development of advanced materials and batteries for a variety of applications, including satellite, military and medical. He is recognized as a leader in his field: from 1998 to 2008, he was the most cited scientist in the world in battery technology. Before joining Argonne in 1998, Amine led research projects in organizations and universities, including the Japan Storage Battery Company, the Osaka National Research Institute, and Kyoto University.

Wang is the manager of the Systems Assessment Section of the Energy Systems Division (ES), and in his research, he evaluates the energy and environmental impacts of advanced vehicle technology and alternative fuels. He led the development of Argonne's GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) software model, which analyzes the life cycle of vehicle technologies, such as hybrid electric vehicles, battery-powered electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles, as well as petroleum, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity. With the GREET model, Wang has collaborated with government agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities, and research institutions in North America, Asia and Europe.

Elgowainy has been affiliated with Argonne for 10 years. He leads the Life-Cycle Analysis Team within the Systems Assessment Section. In his research, he analyzes the life-cycle energy and emissions of alternative transportation fuels, as well as the costs and technology options of hydrogen delivery systems for the commercialization of fuel-cell vehicles. He provides project and technical support for the DOE's Fuel Cell Technology and Vehicle Technology Offices, focusing on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. He also contributed to the development of the GREET model, mentioned above.

July 2013

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