Extending the lifetime of low cost fuel cells

Max

Fuel cells are promising candidates towards energy conversion sources that offer low carbon emissions, increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact. The two most significant challenges facing fuel cells are the high cost of material and manufacturing in addition to limited durability under realistic conditions.

My project is based on the building of a new type of fuel cell system using printed circuit board (PCB) technology. This new approach can drastically reduce the production cost. Such fuel cells are named Flexiplanar and could have a significant global impact by reducing the fuel cell cost to $25/kW1.

Additionally I am investigating reactions causing the fuel cell degradation in collaboration with my second supervisor Gareth Hinds2 based at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington. My work in this area focuses on corrosion due to startup/shutdown transients and mapping the effects of transient voltage excursion as well as local mapping of passivation of anti-corrosion layers using local reference electrode approach.

Mini Bio

  • PhD in Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Science, Imperial College London. Project: Extending the lifetime of low cost fuel cells. Supervisors: Anthony Kucernak and Gareth Hinds.
  • MRes Green Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Science, Imperial College London. Project: minimizing CO2 from ships using anti-fouling coating. Supervisor: Tim Albrecht.
  • Erasmus exchange program, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University. Project: Detection of cocaine contamination of UK bank notes.
  • BSc in Organic Chemistry, Universite Paris-Sud XI (France).

References

1: http://www.carbontrust.com/media/195742/pfcc-cost-reduction-and-market-potential.pdf
2: In situ mapping of potential transients during start-up and shut-down of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, E. Brightman, G. Hinds, J. Power Sources2014, 267, 160-170.