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Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation

Start date
Date to be confirmed
Duration
12 weeks
Time commitment
100 hours total commitment
Mode
Online
Cost
£800
Subject
Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation
Level
Postgraduate Microcredential
Credit
10 credits
Assessment
100% coursework

The module aims to develop an understanding of how the different measurement techniques can be applied for characterisation of various components of the PEMFC and SOFC especially in terms of materials used and evaluating them for use in fuel cells.It focuses on the application of various techniques that the students would already be aware of through the existing UG modules especially the measurement techniques module.
The course is sub-divided into two sections:

1) PEMFC characterisation
2) SOFC characterisatoin.

Material as well as surface characterisation of SOFC and PEMFC components using existing techniques, previously learned concepts (XRD, TGS, SEM, TEM, IR, NMR, AFM, XPS) to study composition and surface characteristics of various components (catalysts, supports, MEA, GDL, BBP) of fuel cells.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Inspect and appraise the performance of fuel cells in terms of stability, power output, longevity.
  • Combine already known electrochemical techniques (like cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, chronoamperometry electrochemically active catalyst surface area) with material characterisations to develop an understanding and be able to discuss the of degradation of various FC components and gain understanding of importance of life cycle studies and testing.
  • Compare, differentiate and analyse area specific resistance, degradation mechanisms, gas delivery systems and interconnecting materials in SOFC using different techniques.
  • Compare, differentiate and analyse GDL, BBP as well as catalyst and support materials for PEMFCs using different material characterisation techniques.

Evaluate different material properties and requirements (morphology, conductivity, water retention etc) for conducting membranes, electrocatalysts, catalyst supports, and other PEMFC components by combining electrochemical and material characterisation.

Why study at University of Birmingham?

  • The programmes in the School of Engineering are rooted in high-quality teaching and learning through enquiry-based and independent study, producing high calibre professinals equipped with the skills to excel in technical management.
  • The module will equip you to move into more senior management positions, either in your own organisation or moving elsewhere
  • We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • Modular delivery over long weekends (Friday to Monday) limits the impact of study on your work commitments.
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

  • Learn with expert instructors: Complete courses led by experts with a dedicated group of professionals.
  • Earn a professional credential: Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.
  • Advance further in your career: Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

How to apply?

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the module you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. 

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Register your interest for this short course to request more information about the course and for scholarship information.

 

In order to be accepted onto the Introduction to Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation, you must possess:

  • A good 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in scientific subject or equivalent professional qualification

International Students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band).

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

 If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

What will you receive?

Our Introduction to Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation will allow you to focus on specific areas in order for you to develop your career in the way that you want to. Each course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge which will meet the needs of a wide range of learners and organisations.

  • 10 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from University of Birmingham
  • A Postgraduate Microcredential certificate from University of Birmingham

Certification of UoB academic credit for PG microcredential courses is through production of an official University of Birmingham Microcredential certificate and transcript managed by UoB Student Records.

The skills you will gain

Inspect and appraise the performance of fuel cells in terms of stability, power output, longevity.

Combine already known electrochemical techniques (like cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, chronoamperometry electrochemically active catalyst surface area) with material characterisations to develop an understanding and be able to discuss the of degradation of various FC components and gain understanding of importance of life cycle studies and testing.

Compare, differentiate and analyse area specific resistance, degradation mechanisms, gas delivery systems and interconnecting materials in SOFC using different techniques.

Compare, differentiate and analyse GDL, BBP as well as catalyst and support materials for PEMFCs using different material characterisation techniques.

Evaluate different material properties and requirements (morphology, conductivity, water retention etc) for conducting membranes, electrocatalysts, catalyst supports, and other PEMFC components by combining electrochemical and material characterisation.

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