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Alumni post-doctoral fellows


Dr. Shantanu Shukla


Dr. Shukla obtained his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University and completed his Ph.D. in experimental analysis of inkjet printed fuel cell electrodes under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell from University of Alberta in 2016. As a MITACS post-doctoral fellow, Shantanu was working on the effect of pore-formers, performance degradation and visualization studies on controlled microstructure fuel cell electrodes, spending 50% of his time at the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) in Burnaby, BC. Shantanu is currently working at ZincNyx Energy Solutions, Inc. in Vancouver, BC.

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Shantanu Shukla

Dr. Valentin Zingan


Dr. Valentin received his Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute in May 2001. He began working on a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in September 2008 at Texas A&M, and finished in March 2012. He worked in ESDLab as a post doctoral fellow. His work was focused on modelling transport equations for porous media, including the effects of diffusion and convection, using continuous Galerkin finite elements. Valentin is currently workin at MAYA Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd. in Montreal, Canada.

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Valentin Zingan

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Alumni Doctoral students


Jie Zhou


Jie Zhou received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in 2012. He has one year of industry experience from the Michelin. Jie was working on his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Secanell and defended his thesis in May 2018. He was focusing on porous material characterization and building a non-isothermal, two-phase transport model based on the pore size distribution from the experimental results (MIP and BET) of porous media in an MEA. Jie is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA.

Email: Jie Zhou

Jie Zhou

Lalit Pant


Lalit received his Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2009. He joined Energy Systems Design Lab in 2009 as a M.Sc. student, and received his M.Sc. in 2011. In his M.Sc, he worked on experimental and theoretical studies on mass transport in PEFC diffusion media. He continued with in ESDL as a Ph.D. student and got his PhD in January 2016. In his Ph.D., he worked on numerical stochastic reconstruction of three-dimensional porous media structures for understanding pore scale mass transport. Lalit is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA.

Email: Lalit Pant     Webpage: Lalit's Webpage

Lalit Pant

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Alumni Masters students



Email: Chad Balen     Webpage: Chad's Webpage


Miles Skinner


Miles Skinner completed his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Riverside. During his undergraduate studies he conducted research into Current Activated Pressure Assisted Densification under Dr. Javier Garay, and interned at the Roller Bearing Company of America. His studies under Dr. Pierre Mertiny and Dr. Marc Secanell were on Flywheel Energy Storage Systems focusing on energy loss characterization and identification of failure modes through vibrational analysis. Miles was also assisting in the construction of a residential scale FESS system to study the effects of scaling and the application of monitoring equipment. Miles is currently a PhD student of Dr. Pierre Mertiny.

Email: Miles Skinner

Miles Skinner

Chad Balen


Mark Balen graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. When his son, Chad, was born a flamingo blessed Chad while a triple rainbow shined across the sky. This foretold the greatness born within this child. Eighteen years later he came to the UofA to follow in his father’s footsteps. He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. At the ESDLab and under the supervision of Dr. Secanell, Chad implemented a multicomponent fluid flow model to improve estimation of mass transport losses in a PEFC. He successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis in 2016. Chard is currently working at Siemens PLM in Seattle, WA, USA.

Email: Chad Balen     Webpage: Chad's Webpage

Chad Balen

Prafful Mangal


Prafful received his M.Sc. degree in September 2014. He is currently working at Star Energy Solutions. During his thesis, Prafful performed mass transport measurements in porous materials. He was looking particularly at the permeability and diffusivity of gas diffusion media in PEMFCs. He has also received a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Master of Technology (M.Tech) with specialization in Energy Technology (integrated program) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 2011. Prafful is currently working as an Energy Consultant at CLEAResult in Calgary, AB.

Email: Prafful Mangal

Prafful Mangal

Kailyn Domican


Kailyn finished his M.Sc. degree in September 2014. He is currently working at Ballard Power Systems. Kailyn's M.Sc. thesis was in the area of fabrication and testing of thin, low-loading inkjet printed electrodes. He received his B.A.I in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. His Masters degree focused on the catalyst layer and the optimization of Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cell design; in an effort to increase performance while also reducing the overall cost. Kailyn is currently working at Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby, BC.

Email: Kailyn Domican

Kailyn Domican

Philip Wardlaw


Philip Wardlaw received his BEng from Dublin University, Trinity College Dublin. During his MSc. at ESDL he developed a multi-scale catalyst layer mathematical model in openFCST. From January 2015 until October 2017 Phil worked as an applications developer at IST, the University of Alberta. Phil now works as a programmer at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver.

Email: Philip Wardlaw     Webpage: Philip's Webpage

Philip Wardlaw

Derek Paxman


Derek Paxman received his M.Sc. in September 2014 for his research, in collaboration with Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF), in the area of experimental setup and testing, and mathematical model of a thermal methane cracking reactor for hydrogen production. He worked as a Field Engineer at Willbros . Derek is currently working as a Project Coordinator at A&H Steel Ltd. Derek Paxman received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2012 and he spent one year at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) on various projects, primarily in the concentrating solar energy field.

Email: Derek Paxman

Derek Paxman

Madhur Bhaiya


Madhur is a co-founder of the wholesale retail chain WholesaleBox. He also worked as an Applications Specialist at Energy Solutions International in Calgary. He received his M.Sc. degree under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell. He developed an open-source two-phase non-isothermal mathematical model for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

Email: Madhur Bhaiya

Madhur

Pedro A. Mateo V.


Pedro obtained a M.Sc. degree under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell. He developed two-phase flow models to analyze the microporous layers of polymer-electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Pedro is currently a Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering under supervision of Dr. Juliana Leung.

Email: Pedro A. Mateo V.

Pedro

Samantha Miller


Sam is currently working at Noetic Engineering in Edmonton, AB. She received her M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2013 for her research work on the design and analysis of an open-cathode polymer electrolyte fuel cell system in an enclosure for use in varying climate conditions. She also completed her B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Sam is currently working as a Project Engineer at Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc.

Email: Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Peter Dobson


Peter is currently working at Enbridge Inc. He received his M.Sc. in 2011 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta for his research on multi-scale catalyst layer mathematical modeling at the Energy Systems Design Laboratory. He also holds a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Peter is currently working as an Applications Engineer at Rapid3D.

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Alumni undergraduate students


Mia Thomas


Mia is an undergraduate student working towards her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. She was working on a Dean’s Research Award project under the supervision of Vaishnavi Kale and Dr. Marc Secanell during the Winter 2018 term. The focus of her work was mesh generation for flywheel numerical modelling.

Email: Mia Thomas

Mia Thomas

Lowell McAllister


Lowell was involved in a research and development project for the U of A EcoCar team with a goal of producing a fully functional fuel cell stack to power their prototype vehicle. He spent the winter semester of 2017 volunteering in our lab to learn procedures to test the electrochemical performance of PEM fuel cells. Lowell has received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and worked over the summer 2017 under Dr. Secanell's supervision to develop and test a single-cell design.

Email: Lowell McAllister

Lowell McAllister

James Cook


James Cook is a third year Computer Engineering student at the University of Alberta. Independent projects of his include UofAtoB, a program that directed new students to their classes using easy to follow instructions and pictures of the University of Alberta Campus. James' interests and aspirations include the research of artificial intelligence, neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, and other machine learning areas.

Email: James Cook

James Cook

Adnan Arif


Adnan was a Chemical Engineering, Computer Process Control, student at the University of Alberta and Fuel cells Lead/PR Coordinator at the EcoCar student group. He has been working at the Energy Systems Design Laboratory in the capacity of Undergraduate Research Associate during the Spring-Summer terms of 2015 and 2016. His main project has been mass transport inside PEMFC's. Specifically, he has been looking at through-plane and in-plane permeability and diffusivity in gas diffusion layers (GDL’s). In his time at the lab so far, he has built a new, improved setup for conducting mass transport experiments, written programs for more efficient processing of experimental data, and worked on getting reliable data from through-plane and in-plane mass transport experiments.

Email: Adnan Arif

Adnan Arif

Michael Steer


Michael was an aspiring Computer Engineering student who was studying at the University of Alberta. Michael was given the opportunity to work with the ESDLab during the summer of 2016. Michael assisted in the process of optimizing the preprocessing of FIB-SEM images in preparation for simulation using OpenFCST. He was also maintaining the OpenFCST Web Server. His interests include clean energy production, computer architecture efficiencies, and low power embedded systems design and applications.

Email: Michael Steer

Michael Steer

Inderjit Dhiman


Starting his third year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Inderjit was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Marc Secanell and Dr. Pierre Mertiny on the flywheel energy storage project. He was responsible for getting the demonstration setup work, which included various tasks from assembling the demonstrator to designing and maintaining a modification of the flywheel.

Email: Inderjit Dhiman

Inderjit Dhiman

Nicholas Carrigy


Nicholas (Nick) was a M.Sc. student at the University of Alberta working on drug delivery under the supervision of Dr. Warren Finlay. During May-August 2012, he worked at the Energy Systems Design Laboratory as a summer research assistant sponsored by an NSERC USRA. He wrote a program in LabWindows/CVI to interactively control flow and pressure in a modified convection bridge design used for characterizing the permeability, Knudsen diffusivity, effective molecular diffusivity, and convective mass transport properties of proton exchange membrane fuel cell gas diffusion layers and micro porous layers. He also developed two novel methods for determining the effect of gas diffusion layer and micro porous layer compression on the aforementioned properties. Prior to starting his work at the Energy Systems Design Laboratory, Nick completed an undergraduate research practicum at the University of Alberta Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory developing an experimental validation and a theoretical derivation of water vapour diffusion through the Martian regolith. Nick is currently a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under supervision of Dr. Vehring.

Email: Nicholas Carrigy

Nicholas Carrigy
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Alumni visiting students


Lukas Baron


Lukas was studying Chemical Process Engineering at the University of Applied Science Mannheim in Germany. During his internship at the University of Alberta, he was working on the fabrication and testing of PEM fuel cells and investigated the influence of catalysts containing ionic liquids. Lukas is currently continuing his studies in Mannheim.

Email: Lukas Baron

Lukas Baron

Max Kruse


Max received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2017. For his Bachelor's thesis, he worked on novel approaches for the modelling of suspension electrodes in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries. He was doing a voluntary internship at the ESDL, where he was working on finite element computations and the modelling of mass transport phenomena in OpenFCST. Max is currently an MSc student at RWTH Aachen University.

Email: Max Kruse

Max Kruse

Julia Hulstede


Julia completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Oldenburg, Germany in 2016. During her Bachelor thesis at the DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems, she investigated the platinum nanoparticle synthesis on carbon based support materials for fuel cells. In course of her Master's studies at the University of Oldenburg, she did an internship at the ESDLab and is working on fabrication and testing of PEM fuel cell electrodes using graphene supported platinum catalysts. Julia is currently a PhD student at the University of Oldenburg.

Email: Julia Hulstede

Julia Hulstede

Stephan Voss


Stephan received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technolgy (KIT), Germany, in 2015. During his study, he did an internship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, investigating PEM fuel cells for automotive applications. During his Master's program at KIT, Stephan was doing a further internship at the ESDLab and was working on the durability and degradation PEM Fuel cells with low loading electrodes. Stephan is currently continuing his studies at KIT.

Email: Stephan Voss

Stephan Voss

David Lauxmann


David is currently studying Chemical Process Engineering at the University of Applied Science Mannheim in Germany. During his stay at the University of Alberta, he was working on the fabrication and testing of PEM fuel cells and determining the porosity of porous media with a densometer.

Email: David Lauxmann

David Lauxmann

Antoni Bach


While completing his Master's degree in Industrial Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Antoni had the opportunity to collaborate with the ESDLab. He finished his Master's thesis under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell. His work included development and improvement of PEM Electrolyzer performance. Antoni is currently working as a Junior Engineer at ROMETA SA in Barcelona, Spain.

Email: Antoni Bach

Antoni Bach

Patrick Lohrmann


Patrick was an M.Sc. student from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, where he studied Chemical Engineering. During his stay at the ESDLab, he developed an experimental rig for measuring liquid water permeability on gas diffusion layers. Patrick currently holds a position of a Manager at Paul Hartmann AG.

Email: Patrick Lohrmann

Patrick Lohrmann

Niklas Gangnus


During his practical semester at ESDLab in 2014, Niklas investigated water transport in porous media and worked on fabrication and optimization of microporous layers. In 2015, he came back to our lab to work towards his Bachelor's degree in Process Engineering (Hochshule Mannheim, University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany). He successfully finished his research in testing and fabrication of low iridium oxide loading electrodes for PEM electrolysis and is now a M.Sc. student in International Project Management in Systems Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany.

Email: Niklas Gangnus

Niklas Gangnus

Jimmy Boulay


Jimmy is currently working in MASA in Logrono, Spain. He visited the ESDLab and composite Lab as a third year French student from IFMA (French Institute for Advanced Mechanics) making here the first semester of his international year program. He worked on composite flywheel demonstrator, analyzing the risks, securing the demonstrator, creating all protocols to use it and improved the demonstrator design. He worked under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell and Prof. Pierre Mertiny.

Email: Jimmy Boulay

Jimmy Boulay

Simon Hoetzendorfer


Simon Hoetzendorfer was a third year undergraduate student from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, where he studied Chemical Process Engineering. During his internship at the ESDLab, he developed a polymer electrolyte electrolyzer.

Email: Simon Hoetzendorfer


Alexander Rupp


Alexander was a third year undergraduate student from the Technical University of Munich. As a Research Award Recipient, he focussed on flywheel research under the supervison of Prof. Pierre Mertiny and Prof. Marc Secanell. His work included the design and optimization of flywheels, as well as their deployment in the rail sector.

Email: Alexander Rupp

Alexander   Rupp

Frederik Wunder


Frederik was a third year undergraduate student from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, where he studied Chemical Process Engineering. During his internship at the ESDLab in 2012-2013, he worked with doctoral student Shantanu Shukla on fabricating and testing PEM fuel cells.

Email: Frederik Wunder

Frederik Wunder

Kirstin Taufertshofer


Kirstin was a 2nd year undergraduate studying Chemical Process Engineering at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She spent her Co-op term in 2011-2012 at the Energy Systems Design Laboratory working with doctoral student Shantanu Shukla on catalyst layer fabrication and testing of PEM fuel cells.

Kirstin

Remi Lebrun


Remi is currently working in Airbus in Touluse, France. In 2012, he visited the ESDLab as a 4th year french student from IFMA (French Institute for Advanced Mechanics) making here the second semester of an international year program. He worked on composite flywheel rotor optimisation using finite elements models. These flywheel rotors are used to store energy in vehicles and/or power plants. Remi was optimising the shape of such flywheel rotors for energy density and cost.

Remi

Sian Cardy


Sian is currently a Design Engineer at Cummins Inc. in Northampton, U.K. She worked at the ESDLab for eight months as a visiting Mechanical Engineering student from Queens University, Belfast under a Dean Research Award. She investigated the suitability of an inkjet printer to fabricate fuel cell electrodes. She also studied the ink composition and resulting electrode microstructure under the supervisions of Prof. Marc Secanell (Supervisor). Her research at the ESDLab earned her the Energy Institute Student Prize at Queens University Belfast.


Malte Krack


Malte Krack is currently a Faculty member in Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. During his stay at the ESDLab, he worked on the cost optimization of hybrid composite flywheels by means of the DAKOTA algorithm library, examining analytical as well as finite element models. He also incorporated the numerical optimization software DAKOTA into an in-house fuel cell design framework, implementing a direct, computationally efficient interface. His work was under the supervisions of Prof. Pierre Mertiny and Marc Secanell.

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