Research Portfolio


The complementary nature of the expertise within the partner universities gives access to a wide range of fuel cell related research areas. Our students are offered an unparalleled range of projects addressing national and international strategic themes within the fuel cell sector.  

With over 50 academics from across a range of subject areas including Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Political Sciences and Psychology, we are exploring the ways in which fuel cells are developed and brought to market by facing contemporary technical, behavioural and political challenges.

Below are the main thematic areas and active research projects within the CDT in fuel cells and their fuels:

Electrochemistry associated characterisation methods

Current projects:

Materials for PEFCs and SOFCs

Materials and components for low temperature fuel cells (PEFC), including intermediate temperature (IT-PEFC) operated at 120 to130 °C, and for high temperature fuel cells (SOFC) operating at 500 to 800 °C; design, components, optimisation and control for low and high temperature fuel cell systems.

Current projects on PEFC materials:

Current projects on SOFC materials:

Hydrogen Production and Storage

Including the production of hydrogen from fossil fuels and carbon-neutral feedstock, biological processes, and by photochemistry; hydrogen storage, and purification; development of low and high temperature electrolysers.

Current projects:

Direct use of various hydrocarbon fuels in fuel cell systems

Looking at the direct use of various hydrocarbon fuels in fuel cell systems (methane, propane, natural gas, biogas, bio-syn-gas from gasification processes, ethanol etc.), hydrocarbon fuel processing and handling of fuel impurities

Current projects:

Degradation and Lifetime Phenomena

Including analysis of fuel cell and electrolyser degradation phenomena at various scales from the nano-scale in the functional layers up to the systems level, including the development of accelerated testing procedures.

Current projects:


Design, optimisation and system control for low and high temperature fuel cell systems

Current projects:

  • Ben Davies - Enhancing Fuel Cell Lifetime Performance through Effective Health Monitoring and Decision Support
  • Alex Thirkell - Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft


Socio-Economic and other Cross-Cutting Topics

This includes health issues, public acceptance, economics, market introduction, innovation management; system studies on the benefits of FCH technologies to national and international energy supply.

Current projects: