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Alumni post-doctoral fellows


Dr. Daouda Fofana


Dr. Fofana is currently working as a post-doctroal fellow at the University of Calgary. He worked at the ESDLab from February to October 2014 exploring two complementary technologies (inkjet printing technology and dry spray coating technology) to manufacture ultra-low Pt loading electrodes for fuel cells. Dr. Fofana received his PhD of Science Energy and Materials in July 2013 from Hydrogen research Institute of at University of Québec at Trois-Rivières. He used a computational approach to model and elucidate new multilayer cathode electrode designs, electrochemical reaction and predict their performances and their properties with low platinum loading for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC). He has also done an experimental approach of model validation using sputter deposition technique.

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Daouda Fofana

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.

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Valentin Zingan

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Alumni Doctoral students


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.

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Lalit Pant

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Alumni Masters students


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.

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Chad Balen

Mark Dumontier


Mark received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2012. At ESDLab, he was working on the development and testing of polymer electrolyte fuel cells without gas diffusion layers.

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Mark Dumontier

Adam Engelbrecht


Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Marketing degree in 2008, and his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree in 2012, both at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His work at University of Alberta involved the fabrication, testing and modeling of PEM electrolyzers and Fuel Cells.

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Adam Engelbrecht

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.

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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.

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Kailyn Domican

Philip Wardlaw


Philip Wardlaw received his B.A.I. in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Dublin University, Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Philip is currently a Junior Application Developer at the Information Services & Technology at the University of Alberta. During his MSc, he developed a multi-scale catalyst layer mathematical model in openFCST.

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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 is currently working as a field engineer at Willbros . 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samantha Miller

Michael Moore


Michael is currently working at Inteligent Energy in Loughborough, U.K. where he is a research engineer in the stack development department. Michael received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2012 for his work on multi-step oxygen reduction reaction kinetics mathematical modeling. B.A.I in Mechanical Engineering from Dublin University, Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

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Michael Moore

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.

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Alumni undergraduate students


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nicholas Carrigy

Lee Brikett


Lee Brikett graduated with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Lee developed a program in C++ for automatic meshing of PEM fuel cell geometries. He worked in the laboratory as an undergraduate student from January 2009 to April 2009.

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Alumni visiting students


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.

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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.

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Antoni Bach

Patrick Lohrmann


Patrick was a 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Matthew Sponiar


Matthew Sponiar was an engineering student and the project manager of the EcoCar student project at the University of Alberta. He worked in the ESDLab when he was a 3rd year University of Alberta Mechanical Engineering student. He spent his second Co-op term working on a joint project with Dr. Marc Secanell and Dr. Bob Koch. The project involved control work on PEM fuel cell systems. The project explored how changing a fuel cell’s environment affects performance and how this changing environment can be controlled.

Matthew Sponiar

Ali M. Koupaei


Ali worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the supervisions of Prof. Marc Secanell (Supervisor) and Prof. Sushanta K. Mitra (Co-Supervisor). He developed an Object Oriented Finite Element code to simulate multicomponent mass transfer in micro and nano capillaries and porous media.

Ali M Koupaei

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 Ph.D student at the University of Hannover, 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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