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Picture of Ali T-RaissiAli T-Raissi, Ph.D.
Director, Advanced Energy Research

(321) 638- 1446
(321) 638-1010


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley, 1982

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Dr. Ali T-Raissi is a 20-year veteran of hydrogen research and development. He joined the FSEC in 1987 following a year as a senior research scientist at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and four years at the University of Hawaii as an assistant researcher at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and later as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He has carried out extensive research in the areas of hydrogen energy, solar fuels and chemicals, thermochemical water-splitting cycles, biomass energy conversion, environmental photocatalysis and electrochemical processes for the separation of oxygen from air.

In 1988, Dr. T-Raissi established FSEC's Hydrogen Research Laboratory. He received UCF's Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award for Institutes and Centers in 1993 and again in 2003. He has also received UCF's Research Incentive Award in 2003. He is a Triple Millionaire member of UCF's Office of Research Millionaire's Club. He served on the UCF's Research Council during 2000-2002. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of TiO2 Photocatalysis Purification & Treatment of Water & Air. Dr. T-Raissi received a special award for his work on a new solar thermochemical water splitting cycle for hydrogen production given by the scientific committee of the 15th World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Yokohama, Japan. He was the keynote speaker at the Hydrogen Storage Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. DOE Office of HFC&IT in collaboration with the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the NSF that was held at the Argonne National Laboratory in 2002.

Dr. T-Raissi was the Guest Editor, Solar Energy Journal for their special issue on Solar Hydrogen Production in 2005. He is author or co-author of more over 140 professional papers and technical reports related to hydrogen production and storage technologies, and photocatalysis. He has received 13 patents in the U.S. and Canada.