Centre Staff



Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens 

Director of the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

Head of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Dr. Neil Rees  Head of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells    
Dr Aman Dhir  Centre Manager    
Mr John C Hooper MBA  CDT Project Officer    
Dr Surbhi Sharma Teaching Fellow    
Dr Shangfeng Du Research Fellow    
Dr Bostjan Hari Research Fellow    
Dr Artur Majewski Research Fellow    
Dr Tony Meadowcroft Research Fellow    
Dr Ahmad El-kharouf Research Fellow    
Dr Jong-Eun Hong Research Fellow    


Visiting Professors



Visiting Professors
Professor Kenji Miyatake      


CDT Doctoral Researchers



CDT Doctoral Researchers

Laura Allerston



Applied and fundamental understanding of novel non platinum fuel cell catalysts in collaboration with Amalyst           

Yousif Al-Sagheer   Fuel cells and hydrogen for balanced renewable energy  
Sophie Archer  EPSRC Applications of life cycle methodology to hydrogen from biomass  
Nor Arifin   Developing novel sustrates for SOFC cells   
Eridei Amakiri   Decentralised supply of electricity, heat and other services with a PEFC   
Wasim Bhatti (LU) EPSRC Novel method to the intergration of a fuel cell system into a UAV with a view to improving vehicle weight and payload capacity  
Caroline Blackmore  EPSRC Photocatalytic (solar) production of H2 with size-selected, tunable nanocatalysts   
Carolina Branco   Composite electrolyte membranes for electrochemical energy conversion in polymer fuel cells   
Rosie Bullock  EPSRC Mathematical modelling of behavioural responses to fuel cell applications   
Henry Burch  EPSRC Photochemical hydrogen production using new and developed materials to produce a prototype PEC anode   
James Courtney EPSRC Characterizing the redox active species within liquid catholyte proton exchange membrane fuel cells  
Ben Davies (LU) EPSRC Enhancing fuel cell lifetime performance through effective health monitoring and decision support  
Rosalind Davies  EPSRC Light metal hydrides for hydrogen storage materials   
Oliver Deavin EPSRC Discovery of novel materials for solid state storage of hydrogen  
Theo Elmer (UoN) EPSRC Integration of a fuel cell into domestic housing for CHP applications  
Daniel Esclara Lopez  EPSRC Size-selected atomic clusters for electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis   
Tom Fletcher (LU) EPSRC Control of a fuel cell vehicle  
Ashley Fly (LU)


Thermal management of evaporatively cooled fuel cell vehicles  
Miguel Angel Molina Garcia  EPSRC Non-precious-metal catalysts for alkaline polymeric membrane fuel cells (APMFC)   
Lydia Gurley  EPSRC Characterisation of and hydrogen gas generation from digestate waste   
Simon Howroyd EPSRC Control systems for fuel cells and hybrid powered man-portable unmanned aircraft systems  
Ashkan Kavei (Imperial) EPSRC    
Sandy Lamond (UoN) EPSRC Techno-economic analysis of a microbial fuel cell driven anaerobic digestion process  
Derek Low (LU) EPSRC    
 John Geoffrey Maillard  EPSRC Solid oxide fuel cell degradation   
Nicholas McCarthy (LU) EPSRC Standardising new test and characterisation procedures for PEMFCs in support of longer life and improved reliability  
Andrew McInnes EPSRC Photoelectrochemical generation of hydrogen  
Scott Hardman EPSRC  Niche market applications and the marketing of hydrogen and fuel cells   
Mariska Hattenberger  EPSRC Survey of existing membranes including new membrane development and testing for IT and HT PEMFCs   
Thomas Heenan (UCL) EPSRC Microstructural causes and effects of thermally driven degradation in solid oxide fuel cells  
Aimee Jackson  EPSRC Maganese oxide- Graphene oxide hybrid supuport systems for DMFC (and PEMFC) applications   
 Yaxiang Lu   Advanced nanoparticles for fuel cell application   
Peter Mardle EPSRC    
Nikkia McDonald   SOFC materials   
Lois Milner  EPSRC Catalysts for methane reforming being used in a SOFC powered APU for trucks   
Arvin Mossadegh-pour   Coupling high performance metal hydride hydrogen storage to SOFC systems   
Rachael Priestly  EPSRC Hybrid precious metal-carbon (nano) structures for novel electrocatalysts   
Hal Robbs  EPSRC Research into PEMFC catalysts   
Jonathan Sands  EPSRC Mathematical modelling of oscillatory behaviour in methane powered SOFCs   
 Anwar Sattar  EPSRC Syngas production from biochar followed by purification for SOFC use   
Daniel Smith (UoN) EPSRC Ionic liquid fuel composition fuel cells for intermediate PEM  
Graham Stevenson (Imperial) EPSRC    
Sharleigh Talbot (LU) EPSRC Development of anodes for novel photo-fuel cell for environmental remediation of contaminated water and simultaneous production of renewable energy  
Lina Troskialina    Microtubular SOFC operating on bio methane   
Evan Tsang-I Tsai   Development of a control system for the solid oxide fuel cell stack with combined heat and power systems   
Vikrant Venkataraman   Development of a fuel cell powered refridgerated truck   
James Walker   EPSRC Investigation of binary and ternary catalysts to create low-cost, high performance electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells   
Jake Walls (LU) EPSRC Economic photo-electrochemical route for the production of ammonia (or solar fuels)  
James Watton  EPSRC Solid oxide electrolysers for lower costs hydrogen production through steam electrolysis   
Anna Williams  EPSRC Catalysis: reducing platinum loading using micro-organism based platinum nano-particles for PEMFCs   
Fatima Zia  EPSRC Nanotoxicological properties of fuel cell emissions   


MRes Researchers



Sotiris Alexandrou     Use of biogas on solid oxide fuel cells   
Kun Zhang    Development of metal-polymer conjugate coatings for stainless steel bipolar plates in PEMFC   





Dr Nasar Al-Mufachi PhD EPSRC

Effects of palladium thin films on the hydrogen permeability of PD-CU alloy membranes

University of Birmingham

Post Doc

Peter Fisher                                 PhD EPSRC                         

Electronics control aspects of fuel cell applications within hybrid systems (hydrogen store, battery, fuel cell, electric motor drive, plus BoP)


University of Birmingham

Post Doc                            

Dr Amrit Chandan PhD EPSRC High temperature PEMFC stacks for vehicles, improving start-up time and lifetime Cenex
Dr Tom Pike PhD EPSRC Development and processing of novel solid oxide fuel cell materials  Intelligent Energy 
Dr Daniel Symes PhD EPSRC Development of on-demand low temperature electrolysers and their systems  Intelligent Energy 
Dr Gareth Thomas PhD EPSRC  The political economy of hydrogen energy; mapping discourse and action   
Dr Jill Newton PhD EPSRC  Nanoparticle catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. A study of surfactant effects on dispersion and catalysis  Adelan
Dr Gaurav Gupta PhD  Bimetallic platinum-chromium nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEFCs)

Imperial College London  

Post Doc 

Dr Martin Khzouz PhD  The development and characterisation of Ni-Cu/Al203 catalyst for hydrogen production via multi fuel reforming  
Dr Ghzzai Almutairi PhD  Liquid hydrocarbons in SOFCs, hydrogen fuel cells, colloids and delivery of molecules to the consumer   
Dr Paul Jennings PhD EPSRC  Computational studies of mono and bimetallic nanoclustsers for potential polymer electrolyte fuel cell applications 


Post Doc 

Dr Jamie Sandells PhD EPSRC  Mathematical modelling of planar solid oxide fuel cells   
Dr Martin Cuddy PhD EPSRC  Size-selected MOS2 clusters for hydrogen evolution   
Dr Katie Howe     PhD EPSRC  Design improvement of micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells for unmanned aircraft applications   
Dr  Philip Hamilton    PhD   The development of PVD coatings for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates MIBA - Teer Coatings 
John Drake MRes  Modelling of proton exchange membrane fuel cells in matlab and comsol   
Dr. Nathan Jin Lei Shang PhD EPSRC  The role of hydrogen and fuel cells for ultra low carbon vehicles   
Benjamin Millington   The optimisation of fabricatoin methods for proton exchange membrane fuel cells for fuel cell vehicles Intelligent Energy 
Dr. Oliver Curnick PhD   Ionomer-stabilised Pt and Pt-Ti bimetallic electrocatalysts for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell Intelligent Energy 
Salman Zadeh MRes Sonoelectrochemical production of hydrogen through electrolysis  
Haroon Momand MRes The effect of ultrasound on nafion polymer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs)  
Jonathan Goh MRes Novel electrocatalyst supports for PEMFC  
Balraj Ghataore MRes Automotive application of intergrated PEMFC battery system for power and freezing Intelligent Energy
Dr Christopher Bennett (UoN) EPSRC PhD Optimisation of the thermal management of a solid state hydrogen store based on magnesium hydride  
Dr Amy Campbell (LU) EPSRC PhD Behavioural and economic studies in respect of new vehicle technologies  
Dr Christopher Fry (UoN) EPSRC PhD Characterisation of hydrogen storage using novel nanostructured materials deposited by plasma assisted PVD  
Dr Jessica Gould (UoN) EPSRC PhD Novel molecules synthesised for hydrogen storage using imine-linked microporous organic molecular frameworks  
Dr Charlene Sodipo (UoN) EPSRC PhD Hydrogen production using enzyme catalysis through synthetic analogues of the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site  

Former Research Fellows




Former Research Fellows
Dr Pramod BL Chaurasia Marie-Curie Research Fellow    
Dr Ramayian Kannnan Marie-Curie Research Fellow    
Dr Iain Staffell Research Fellow     
Dr Andreas Tsoligas Research Fellow     


Former Visiting Researchers



Former Research Fellows
María García Camprubí      
Dustin McLarty      
Ghazal Razeghi