group is primarily focused on new materials and phenomena that
occur at the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) level.
The MEA is the basic repeat unit of a fuel cell stack.
Our two fuel cell labs feature facilities for testing both methanol
and hydrogen fed fuel cells in both active and passive configurations.
We have the capability to run electrochemical measurements to
measure electrode polarizations, electrochemically active surface
areas, impedance spectroscopy of operating cells, segmented
cells for current distribution, electro-osmotic drag, and methanol
crossover. We also have a transparent visualization cell
and a high magnification digital video camera to inspect to
flow in a single flow channel.
participate in the DOE funding activities with our partners
at the Sandia/California
site. Our primary DOE customer for fuel cell technology
and materials is the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy and the Hydrogen,
Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program.
our fuel cell projects have two main thrust areas
Proton Conducting Membranes
Elucidation and Modeling
of these areas of investigations is alliterated in the Projects
(Link to Projects).