The Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research was formed in early 2000 by former director, Professor Kevin Kendall. As of spring 2012, the Centre is headed by Prof. Robert Steinberger-Wilckens.

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Job Title

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 Shangfeng Du Lecturer in Low Temperature Fuel Cells    
Mr John C Hooper MBA Project Officer    
Dr Nasar Al-Mufachi Research Fellow    
Dr Ahmad El-kharouf EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Manager    
Dr Artur Majewski Research Fellow    
Dr Lina Troskialina  Research Fellow    

Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors
Professor Kenji Miyatake      

Doctoral Researchers

Doctoral Researchers (including EPSRC CDT)
UoN = University of Nottingham, LU = Loughborough University, UCL = University College London, Imperial = Imperial College London



Thesis Title


Marcus Adams (UoN)


Improved solid state storage efficiency through design


Laura Allerston


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

Yousif Al-Sagheer  PhD Fuel cells and hydrogen for balanced renewable energy 2013-2016
Sophie Archer PhD EPSRC - CDT Applications of life cycle methodology to hydrogen from biomass 2013-2017
Nor Arifin PhD  Developing novel sustrates for SOFC cells  2014-2018
Eridei Amakiri PhD  Decentralised supply of electricity, heat and other services with a PEFC  2014-2018
Caroline Blackmore PhD EPSRC - CDT Photocatalytic (solar) production of H2 with size-selected, tunable nanocatalysts  2012-2016
Carolina Branco PhD Brazil  Composite electrolyte membranes for electrochemical energy conversion in polymer fuel cells  2013-2017 
Ben Davies (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Enhancing fuel cell lifetime performance through effective health monitoring and decision support 2013-2017 
Oliver Deavin (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Discovery of novel materials for solid state storage of hydrogen 2012-2016 
Rhiannon Dixon PhD EPSRC - CDT Operation of Tn-Doped SOFCs on Fuel Mixtures of Hydrogen, Methane and Biogas 2016-2020
Sam Eadley PhD EPSRC - CDT Optimisation of conditions and material propoerties to maximise the efficiency of interface ion exchange within polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells 2016-2020
Daniel Esclara Lopez PhD EPSRC - CDT Size-selected atomic clusters for electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis  2014-2018 
Oliver Fernihough       
Tom Fletcher (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Control of a fuel cell vehicle 2012-2016 
Miguel Angel Molina Garcia PhD EPSRC - CDT Non-precious-metal catalysts for alkaline polymeric membrane fuel cells (APMFC)  2013-2017 
Thomas Heenan (UCL) PhD EPSRC Microstructural causes and effects of thermally driven degradation in solid oxide fuel cells 2014-2018 
Aimee Jackson PhD EPSRC Maganese oxide- Graphene oxide hybrid supuport systems for DMFC (and PEMFC) applications  2014-2018 
Ashkan Kavei (Imperial) PhD EPSRC  Development of a Segmented Fuel Cell-Supercapacitor Passive Hybrid System  2015-2019 
Sandy Lamond (UoN) PhD EPSRC Techno-economic analysis of a microbial fuel cell driven anaerobic digestion process 2013-2017 
Derek Low (LU) PhD EPSRC  The Impact of Environmental Conditions on Fuel Cell Performance 2015-2019 
John Geoffrey Maillard PhD EPSRC Solid oxide fuel cell degradation  2011-2016 
Andrew McInnes PhD EPSRC Photoelectrochemical generation of hydrogen 2013-2017 
Peter Mardle PhD EPSRC  An investigation of in-situ grown NiPt nanowires for PEFC applications 2015-2019 
Lois Milner PhD EPSRC Catalysts for methane reforming being used in a SOFC powered APU for trucks  2014-2018 
Arvin Mossadegh-pour

PhD RSt 

Coupling high performance metal hydride hydrogen storage to SOFC systems  2012-2016 
Shariq Neshat


Computational modelling of materials for fuel cells 2016-2020
Hal Robbs PhD EPSRC - CDT Research into PEMFC catalysts  2013-2017 
Beatrice Sampson PhD EPSRC - CDT The added value of hydrogen and fuel cells 2016-2020
Daniel Smith (UoN) PhD EPSRC Ionic liquid fuel composition fuel cells for intermediate PEM 2014-2018 
Graham Stevenson (Imperial) PhD EPSRC - CDT Design and Microstructural Control of All-Ceramic Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells 2015-2019 
Alexandros Symillidi (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Developing Next Generation Direct Fuel Cell Systems using Liquid Fuels for Building and Automotive Applications 2016-2020
Sharleigh Talbot (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Development of anodes for novel photo-fuel cell for environmental remediation of contaminated water and simultaneous production of renewable energy 2014-2018 
Alex Thirkell (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft 2016-2020
Vikrant Venkataraman PhD EPS Development of a fuel cell powered refridgerated truck  2013-2016 
James Walker  EPSRC Investigation of binary and ternary catalysts to create low-cost, high performance electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells  2014-2018 
Jake Walls (LU) EPSRC Economic photo-electrochemical route for the production of ammonia (or solar fuels) 2014-2018 
James Watton EPSRC Solid oxide electrolysers for lower costs hydrogen production through steam electrolysis  2010-2016 
Fatima Zia EPSRC Nanotoxicological properties of fuel cell emissions  2012-2016 

MRes Researchers

Sotiris Alexandrou     Use of biogas on solid oxide fuel cells 2014-2015  
Kun Zhang    Development of metal-polymer conjugate coatings for stainless steel bipolar plates in PEMFC  2014-2015
Rachel Priestley   Hybrid precious metal-carbon (nano) structures for novel electrocatalysts 2011-2015


Name Qual/Funding

Thesis Title



Dr Nasar Al-Mufachi PhD EPSRC - CDT

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

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham


Dr Ghzzai Almutairi PhD

Liquid hydrocarbons in SOFCs, hydrogen fuel cells, colloids and delivery of molecules to the consumer 



Dr Christopher Bennett (UoN)


Optimisation of the thermal management of a solid state hydrogen store based on magnesium hydride

 Thermo-Fluid Engineer, Rolls Royce 2010-2014
Dr Wasim Bhatti (LU)


Novel method to the intergration of a fuel cell system into a UAV with a view to improving vehicle weight and payload capacity

Ms Rosie Bullock  PG Cert

Mathematical modelling of behavioural responses to fuel cell applications 

Dr Henry Burch PhD EPSRC - CDT

Photochemical hydrogen production using new and developed materials to produce a prototype PEC anode 

Development Scientist, Amalyst Ltd 2012-2016
Dr Amy Campbell (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT

Behavioural and economic studies in respect of new vehicle technologies

Strategy/Policy Consultant, AECOM


Dr Amrit Chandan PhD EPSRC - CDT

High temperature PEMFC stacks for vehicles, improving start-up time and lifetime

Technical Specialist, Blue Vine Consultancy


Dr James Courtney PhD EPSRC - CDT

Characterizing the redox active species within liquid catholyte proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Research Fellow, University of East Anglia


Dr Martin Cuddy


Size-selected MOS2 clusters for hydrogen evolution 

Photocathode Development Engineer, Photek (Hastings)


Dr Oliver Curnick PhD EPSRC - CDT

Ionomer-stabilised Pt and Pt-Ti bimetallic electrocatalysts for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell

Research Quality Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover


Dr Rosalind Davies PhD EPSRC - CDT

Light metal hydrides for hydrogen storage materials 

Editorial Assistant, Taylor & Francis Group 2011-2015
Mr John Drake MRes

Modelling of proton exchange membrane fuel cells in matlab and comsol 

Dr Theo Elmer (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Integration of a fuel cell into domestic housing for CHP applications Welfare enhanced living conditions for healthier chickens (WelChic), University of Nottingham 2011-2015 
Mr Peter Fisher                         PhD EPSRC - CDT                     

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

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham                          


Dr Ashly Fly (LU)


Thermal management of evaporatively cooled fuel cell vehicles

Research Associate, Loughborough University


Dr Christopher Fry (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Characterisation of hydrogen storage using novel nanostructured materials deposited by plasma assisted PVD Project Engineer, Rolls Royce 2009-2013
Mr Balraj Ghataore MRes Automotive application of intergrated PEMFC battery system for power and freezing Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2010-2011
Mr Jonathan Goh MRes Novel electrocatalyst supports for PEMFC Doctoral Researcher at HySA Systems Competence Centre 2011-2014
Dr Jessica Gould (UoN) PhD EPSRC Novel molecules synthesised for hydrogen storage using imine-linked microporous organic molecular frameworks Research Scientist Acrylic Polymers, Croda 2010-2013
Dr Gaurav Gupta PhD EPS Bimetallic platinum-chromium nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEFCs)

Research Fellow, University of Manchester  


Ms Lydia Gurley MRes Characterisation of and hydrogen gas generation from digestate waste   


Dr  Philip Hamilton   PhD  The development of PVD coatings for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates MIBA - Teer Coatings  2009-2012
Dr Scott Hardman PhD EPSRC - CDT Niche market applications and the marketing of hydrogen and fuel cells  Market Research Analyst, Blue Vine Consultancy 2012-2016
Dr Mariska Hattenberger PhD EPSRC - CDT Survey of existing membranes including new membrane development and testing for IT and HT PEMFCs  Research Fellow, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 2011-2014
Dr Simon Howroyd (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Control systems for fuel cells and hybrid powered man-portable unmanned aircraft systems 6 SATT, Air Training Corps 2011-2015
Dr Katie Howe PhD EPSRC - CDT Design improvement of micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells for unmanned aircraft applications  Patent Attorney  (Birmingham) 2009-2013
Dr Paul Jennings PhD EPSRC - CDT Computational studies of mono and bimetallic nanoclustsers for potential polymer electrolyte fuel cell applications 

Research Fellow (Development of search techniques and their application for electrocatalytic problems), Stanford University


Dr Martin Khzouz PhD The development and characterisation of Ni-Cu/Al203 catalyst for hydrogen production via multi fuel reforming Lecturer in Automotive Systems, Coventry University 2010-2013
Dr Yaxiang Lu PhD Advanced nanoparticles for fuel cell application  Research Assistant, University of Surrey 2012-2015
Dr Nicholas McCarthy (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Standardising new test and characterisation procedures for PEMFCs in support of longer life and improved reliability Technical Specialist, Cenex 2010-2014
Dr Nikkia McDonald PhD EPS SOFC Materials   2011-2016
Mr Haroon Momand MRes The effect of ultrasound on nafion polymer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs)   2010-2013
Dr Jill Newton PhD EPSRC - CDT Nanoparticle catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. A study of surfactant effects on dispersion and catalysis    2009-2013
Dr Tom Pike PhD EPSRC - CDT Development and processing of novel solid oxide fuel cell materials  Project Officer in Energy Innovation & Collaboration, University of Nottingham Energy Technology Centre 2009-2013
Dr Jamie Sandells PhD EPSRC - CDT Mathematical modelling of planar solid oxide fuel cells  Analyst, Deutsche Bank Global Markets 2009-2013
Dr Jonathan Sands PhD EPSRC - CDT Mathematical modelling of oscillatory behaviour in methane powered SOFCs Research Fellow, University of Bangkok 2010-2014
Dr Anwar Sattar PhD EPSRC - CDT Syngas production from biochar followed by purification for SOFC use Research Engineer, Axion Recycling 2010-2014
Dr. Nathan Jin Lei Shang PhD EPSRC - CDT The role of hydrogen and fuel cells for ultra low carbon vehicles  Research Fellow, Coventry University 2009-2012
Dr Charlene Sodipo (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Hydrogen production using enzyme catalysis through synthetic analogues of the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site  Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group 2009-2013
Dr Daniel Symes PhD EPSRC - CDT Development of on-demand low temperature electrolysers and their systems  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy  2010-2014
Dr Gareth Thomas PhD EPSRC - CDT The political economy of hydrogen energy; mapping discourse and action  Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 2010-2014
Dr Lina Troskialina PhD EPS Microtubular SOFC operating on bio methane   Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 2009-2012
Dr Tsang-I Tsai PhD Development of a control system for the solid oxide fuel cell stack with combined heat and power systems  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2009-2015
Dr Anna Williams PhD EPSRC - CDT Catalysis: reducing platinum loading using micro-organism based platinum nano-particles for PEMFCs    2010-2014
Mr Salman Zadeh MRes Sonoelectrochemical production of hydrogen through electrolysis Process Engineer, Persian Kimya Chlorine Production Complex 2010-2011

Former Researcher 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     
Dr Surbhi Sharma Teaching Fellow    
Dr Bostjan Hari Research Fellow    
Dr Tsang-I Tsai Research Fellow    

Former Visiting Researchers

Former Research Fellows
María García Camprubí      
Dustin McLarty      
Ghazal Razeghi