Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Module Title - Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Number of credits – 10
The aim of the module is to provide an insight into the critical role materials science (& materials engineering) play in the development of a range of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Lectures are given in the following areas: (1) methods of hydrogen production; (2) hydrogen separation; (3) molecular hydrogen storage; (4) solid-state hydrogen storage; and (5) fuel cells.
You will be given tours of the equipment used for: materials characterisation in hydrogen (School of Metallurgy and Materials); and fuel cell synthesis and testing (School of Chemical Engineering).
By the end of the module the student should be able to:
- Appreciate and describe the use of functional materials in a range of hydrogen production, hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies;
- Understand the key materials challenges that need to be overcome, in order for the widespread introduction of hydrogen and fuel cells into the market;
- Understand the materials fabrication and characterisation techniques required for the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology components; and
- Describe how the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies studies, might fit into a number of possible hydrogen-energy-based economies.