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 Research Fellow    
Dr Artur Majewski Research Fellow    
Dr Tsang-I Tsai Research Fellow    
Dr Lina Troskialina  Research Fellow    

Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors
Professor Kenji Miyatake      

CDT Doctoral Researchers

CDT Doctoral Researchers



Thesis Title


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 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
Wasim Bhatti (LU) PhD EPSRC Novel method to the intergration of a fuel cell system into a UAV with a view to improving vehicle weight and payload capacity 2010-2014 
Caroline Blackmore PhD EPSRC 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 
Rosie Bullock PhD EPSRC Mathematical modelling of behavioural responses to fuel cell applications  2010-2014 
Henry Burch PhD EPSRC Photochemical hydrogen production using new and developed materials to produce a prototype PEC anode  2012-2016 
James Courtney PhD EPSRC Characterizing the redox active species within liquid catholyte proton exchange membrane fuel cells 2010-2014 
Ben Davies (LU) PhD EPSRC Enhancing fuel cell lifetime performance through effective health monitoring and decision support 2013-2017 
Rosalind Davies PhD EPSRC Light metal hydrides for hydrogen storage materials  2011-2015 
Oliver Deavin PhD EPSRC Discovery of novel materials for solid state storage of hydrogen 2012-2016 
Theo Elmer (UoN) PhD EPSRC Integration of a fuel cell into domestic housing for CHP applications 2011-2015 
Daniel Esclara Lopez PhD EPSRC Size-selected atomic clusters for electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis  2014-2018 
Tom Fletcher (LU) PhD EPSRC Control of a fuel cell vehicle 2012-2016 
Ashley Fly (LU)


Thermal management of evaporatively cooled fuel cell vehicles

Miguel Angel Molina Garcia PhD EPSRC Non-precious-metal catalysts for alkaline polymeric membrane fuel cells (APMFC)  2013-2017 
Lydia Gurley PhD EPSRC Characterisation of and hydrogen gas generation from digestate waste  2011-2015 
Scott Hardman PhD EPSRC Niche market applications and the marketing of hydrogen and fuel cells  2012-2016 
Thomas Heenan (UCL) PhD EPSRC Microstructural causes and effects of thermally driven degradation in solid oxide fuel cells 2014-2018 
Simon Howroyd PhD EPSRC Control systems for fuel cells and hybrid powered man-portable unmanned aircraft systems 2011-2015 
Aimee Jackson PhD EPSRC Maganese oxide- Graphene oxide hybrid supuport systems for DMFC (and PEMFC) applications  2014-2018 
Ashkan Kavei (Imperial) PhD EPSRC   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   2015-2019 
Yaxiang Lu PhD ChemEng Advanced nanoparticles for fuel cell application  2012-2015 
John Geoffrey Maillard PhD EPSRC Solid oxide fuel cell degradation  2011-2015 
Nicholas McCarthy (LU) PhD EPSRC Standardising new test and characterisation procedures for PEMFCs in support of longer life and improved reliability 2010-2014 
Andrew McInnes PhD EPSRC Photoelectrochemical generation of hydrogen 2013-2017 
Peter Mardle PhD EPSRC   2015-2019 
Nikkia McDonald PhD EPS   SOFC materials  2011-2014 
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  2012-2015 
Hal Robbs PhD EPSRC Research into PEMFC catalysts  2013-2017 
Jonathan Sands PhD EPSRC Mathematical modelling of oscillatory behaviour in methane powered SOFCs  2010-2014 
Daniel Smith (UoN) PhD EPSRC Ionic liquid fuel composition fuel cells for intermediate PEM 2014-2018 
Graham Stevenson (Imperial) PhD EPSRC   2015-2019 
Sharleigh Talbot (LU) PhD EPSRC Development of anodes for novel photo-fuel cell for environmental remediation of contaminated water and simultaneous production of renewable energy 2014-2018 
Lina Troskialina  PhD EPS Microtubular SOFC operating on bio methane  2009-2012 
Evan Tsang-I Tsai PhD  Development of a control system for the solid oxide fuel cell stack with combined heat and power systems  2009-2012 
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  2010-2014 
Anna Williams EPSRC Catalysis: reducing platinum loading using micro-organism based platinum nano-particles for PEMFCs  2010-2014 
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

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

Dr Amy Campbell (LU) PhD EPSRC

Behavioural and economic studies in respect of new vehicle technologies

Strategic Consultant in transport division, URS (Nottingham)


Dr Amrit Chandan PhD EPSRC

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



Dr Martin Cuddy


Size-selected MOS2 clusters for hydrogen evolution 

Photocathode Development Engineer, Photek (Hastings)


Dr. Oliver Curnick PhD EPSRC

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

Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy


John Drake MRes

Modelling of proton exchange membrane fuel cells in matlab and comsol 

Peter Fisher                          PhD EPSRC                      

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 Christopher Fry (UoN) PhD EPSRC Characterisation of hydrogen storage using novel nanostructured materials deposited by plasma assisted PVD Engineering Manager, Synergy Health Plc 2009-2013
Balraj Ghataore MRes Automotive application of intergrated PEMFC battery system for power and freezing Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2010-2011
Jonathan Goh MRes Novel electrocatalyst supports for PEMFC PhD, (South Africa) 2011-2014
Dr Jessica Gould (UoN) PhD EPSRC Novel molecules synthesised for hydrogen storage using imine-linked microporous organic molecular frameworks   2010-2013
Dr Gaurav Gupta PhD EPS Bimetallic platinum-chromium nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEFCs)

Research Fellow, Imperial College London   


Dr  Philip Hamilton   PhD  The development of PVD coatings for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates MIBA - Teer Coatings  2009-2012
Dr Mariska Hattenberger PhD EPSRC Survey of existing membranes including new membrane development and testing for IT and HT PEMFCs  Research Fellow (Brazil) 2011-2014
Dr Katie Howe PhD EPSRC Design improvement of micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells for unmanned aircraft applications  Patent Attorney  (Birmingham) 2009-2013
Dr Paul Jennings PhD EPSRC 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 Research Fellow, University of Nottingham 2010-2013
Benjamin Millington   The optimisation of fabricatoin methods for proton exchange membrane fuel cells for fuel cell vehicles Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2008-2010
Haroon Momand MRes The effect of ultrasound on nafion polymer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs)   2010-2013
Dr Jill Newton PhD EPSRC Nanoparticle catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. A study of surfactant effects on dispersion and catalysis  Researcher, Adelan 2009-2013
Dr Tom Pike PhD EPSRC Development and processing of novel solid oxide fuel cell materials  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy  2009-2013
Dr Jamie Sandells PhD EPSRC Mathematical modelling of planar solid oxide fuel cells    2009-2013
Dr Anwar Sattar PhD EPSRC Syngas production from biochar followed by purification for SOFC use Assistant Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT 2010-2014
Dr. Nathan Jin Lei Shang PhD EPSRC The role of hydrogen and fuel cells for ultra low carbon vehicles  Research Fellow, Coventry University 2009-2012
Dr Charlene Sodipo (UoN) PhD EPSRC Hydrogen production using enzyme catalysis through synthetic analogues of the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site   2009-2013
Dr Daniel Symes PhD EPSRC Development of on-demand low temperature electrolysers and their systems  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy  2010-2014
Dr Gareth Thomas PhD EPSRC  The political economy of hydrogen energy; mapping discourse and action    2010-2014
Salman Zadeh MRes Sonoelectrochemical production of hydrogen through electrolysis   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    

Former Visiting Researchers

Former Research Fellows
María García Camprubí      
Dustin McLarty      
Ghazal Razeghi