Ahmad graduated from the University of Jordan with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering (2008). In his graduation project, he was part of a team for designing and building an Automated and GSM controlled hybrid solar and diesel boiler space heating system. The project was funded by CADDB and won the prize of the best project in Jordan for the year 2008, and the best undergraduate project in the Arab world (Egypt, 2009) . Then, Ahmad worked for a year with “Hanania Solar systems” as a design and maintenance engineer.
Interested in exploring new types of clean and sustainable energy resources, Ahmad started his PhD at the University of Birmingham with the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell research in the Chemical Engineering department.
Ahmad’s research focuses on the role of GDL properties and their effect on PEMFCs performance. This is explored both experimentally and using CFD modelling. Some of Ahmad‘s PhD work was done in collaboration with UCL university and the University of Loughborough in the UK and University of South Wales in Australia. During Ahmad's PhD he has presented numerous posters at conferences and events within the UK and internationally. Selected oral presentations include:
Fuel cell systems applications and efficiency, Global Green Techies Forum & Exhibition (GTFE) (Amman, Jordan) – September 2010
GDL Properties and Their Effect on PEM Fuel Cell Performance- Ex-situ Characterisation of Commercial GDLs and MEA Modelling, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells conference, Zing conferences (Cancun, Mexico) – December 2011
Chandan, A., Hattenberger, M., El-kharouf, A., Du, S., Bujalski, W., Dhir, A., Self, V., Pollet, B.G., & Ingram, A. High Temperature (ht) polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) - a review. Journal of Power Sources, manuscript accepted.
El-kharouf, A., Mason, T. J., Brett, D. J. L., & Pollet, B. G. (2012). Ex-situ characterisation of gas diffusion layers for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Journal of Power Sources, 218, 393–404.
Mason, T. J., Millichamp, J., Neville, T. P., El-kharouf, A., Pollet, B. G., & Brett, D. J. L. (2012). Effect of clamping pressure on ohmic resistance and compression of gas diffusion layers for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Journal of Power Sources, 219, 52–59.
El-kharouf, A., & Pollet, B. G. (2012). Chapter 4 - Gas Diffusion Media and their Degradation. Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Degradation (pp. 215–247).
El-kharouf, a, Chandan, a, Hattenberger, M., & Pollet, B. G. (2012). Proton exchange membrane fuel cell degradation and testing: review. Journal of the Energy Institute, 85(4), 188–200.