Welcome to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research Lab at Rensselaer
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Written by Dan Lewis   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 23:21

The mission of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research Lab (FCHRL) is to understand degradation processes in fuel cell materials and identify specific mechanisms through application of structure-processing-property relationships.

Located in the Materials Research Center the FCHRL objectives are to educate undergraduate and graduate students, perform fundamental research and to collaborate with industrial and government partners involved in the development of fuel cell and hydrogen storage technologies. Collaborations amongst faculty members and students in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics are common and reinforce the multidisciplinary nature of our research.

Test station control panel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 21:06
About our Lab PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Lewis   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 20:48

Under direction of Dan Lewis, the FCHRL at Rensselaer is focused on the science and engineering of fuel cell materials.  Our research team can synthesize and test new materials in fuel cells and stacks and perform both in-situ electrochemical testing and post-mortem analysis of fuel cell performance.  Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) energy conversion science is well established, however, many technological challenges remain.  The Lewis research group studies phase and morphological stability in SOFC materials with an emphasis on degradation modes in SOFC systems.  We apply our expertise in materials characterization and computational materials science to understand and isolate degradation modes in fuel cells and apply this knowledge to reduce or eliminate specific degradation modes and simultaneously develop accelerated testing methodologies.






Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:17
Lab Newsflash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Lewis   
Friday, 27 November 2009 12:46
  • January 1, 2011:  Fuel Cell Fundamentals class begins devleoping content for the City of Materials.
  • December 14, 2009:  Honda Initiation Grant proposals due.
  • December 11, 2009:  Nature Biotechnology article "Direct photosynthetic recycling of carbon dioxide to isobutyraldehyde" in Web Links.
  • December 3, 2009:  CFES Advisory Board Tour of FCHRL at 1:30PM.
  • December 2, 2009:  SOFC Team meeting at 1:00PM.  Last of the semester.
  • November 27, 2009:  The new FCHRL website goes live!
  • October 4, 2009:  Micah Casteel and William Gathright present research papers at the Electrochemical Society meeting in Vienna, Austria.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 14:13