Hydrogen can be a very attractive source of energy for the low carbon economy.

Fuel cells running on hydrogen can be deployed in automobiles, combined heat and power unit, stationary and distributed power unit. However, the wider deployment of fuel cells is hampered by low performance of fuel cells under certain operating conditions.

In the recently concluded Northern Research Partnership (NRP) funded project, Dr Mamdud Hossain and Dr Sheikh Islam from the School of Engineering identified different design and operating parameters that could improve the performance of a fuel cell [1,2]. In a related project, Dr Hossain and undergraduate student Amy Colley-Davies worked on developing a novel design for removing produced water from the cathode channel of a fuel cell [3]. 

Dr Hossain is currently working with Dr Nadimul Haque Faisal investigating the microstructure of catalyst layers of fuel cell at a molecular level through Molecular Dynamics modelling.

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Figure 1: Oxygen distribution inside the cathode channel of a PEM fuel cell

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Figure 2: Water droplet transport inside cathode channel