Rainer Kungas

Estonia | Fulbright S&T awardee 2008University of Pennsylvania | Chemical Engineering


Rainer Küngas is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is developing novel ceramic materials for next-generation energy conversion devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Issues with performance degradation and high cost are slowing down the wider introduction of such devices in to everyday life. Through the use of engineered composite materials and state-of-the-art ceramics processing techniques, Rainer hopes to bring the dream of cleaner energy production a step closer to realization.

An International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow from Estonia, Rainer received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Tartu. While pursuing his studies, he spent a semester in Hong Kong and also completed an industrial internship with Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems in Loughborough, United Kingdom. A long-time debater and choir-singer, Rainer now spends his time out of the lab playing squash, swimming, and contributing articles to Horisont, an Estonian popular science magazine.