In the aftermath of the winter storm, the University of Hartford will open on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. snow closing guide
Until that time, the Commons, Subway, and Village Market will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open normal hours for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and University Libraries remain closed until the University reopens Wednesday at 10 a.m.
current as of 6:20 p.m., Jan. 27, 2015
This is my story
When I’m not teaching chemistry, I am working on ways to more effectively use hydrogen to fuel cars. Hydrogen is more powerful than gasoline, but it is also more volatile. The challenge is to find a safe way to store it a fuel tank. That’s where my research comes in.
My students and I are looking into using pure metals to store hydrogen in cars. Here’s why: picture a sponge, which expands when filled with water. Pure metals can expand to hold hydrogen. And when hydrogen is stored in metal, it is completely non-flammable.
There are drawbacks. Some metals are brittle, meaning the fuel tanks could break apart. That is one problem my students and I are trying to solve.
My research also provides a way for me to teach my students some of the fundamental concepts of chemistry. One of my most popular lectures includes exploding balloons to demonstrate the flammability of hydrogen.