Fuel Cells Group

The Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research was formed in early 2000 by Professor Kevin Kendall. In 2012, Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens was appointed Director.

Visit our EPSRC Funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their Fuels pages.



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 Head of Low Temperature Fuel Cells    
Mr John C Hooper MBA Project Officer    
Dr Nasar Al-Mufachi Research Fellow    
Dr Ahmad El-kharouf EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Manager    
Dr Artur Majewski Research Fellow    
Dr Huixin Zhang Marie Curie Research Fellow    
Dr Yousif Al-Sagheer Research Fellow    

Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors
Professor Kenji Miyatake      

Doctoral Researchers

Doctoral Researchers (including EPSRC CDT)
UoN = University of Nottingham, LU = Loughborough University, UCL = University College London, Imperial = ICL




Thesis Title


Marcus Adams

University of Nottingham


Improved solid state storage efficiency through design


Laura Allerston

University of Birmingham


Applied and fundamental understanding of novel non platinum fuel cell catalysts in collaboration with Amalyst    

Sophie Archer University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Life Cycle Analysis of Biomass Derived fuels for Fuel Cells 2013-2018
Eridei Amakiri University of Birmingham PhD Nigeria Decentralised supply of electricity, heat and other services with a PEFC  2014-2018
Nor Arifin University of Birmingham PhD Malaysia Developing novel sustrates for SOFC cells  2014-2018
Matthew Bird University of Nottingham EPSRC CDT The use of perovskite materials (ABO3) as catalysts for the oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions in water splitting 2017-2021
Xihao Chen Imperial College London EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Liam Cooper University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Coating materials for bipolar plates in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) 2017-2021
Rhiannon Dixon University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Investigating the Use of Noval Dopants for SOFC Anodes to Improve Tolerances to Sulfur and Carbon 2016-2020
Sam Eadley University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Optimisation of conditions and material propoerties to maximise the efficiency of interface ion exchange within polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells 2016-2020
Daniel Esclara Lopez University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Nanostructuring Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction 2014-2018 
James Felton University of Nottingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Oliver Fernihough  University of Birmingham  EPSRC CDT Ccm's (catalyst coated membranes) with textured membranes and stack development 2016-2020 
Leon Ford Loughborough University EPSRC CDT The role of structural disorder in perovskite materials and how this affects the transport properties 2017-2021
Miguel Angel Molina Garcia University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Non-precious-metal catalysts for alkaline polymeric membrane fuel cells (APMFC)  2013-2017 
John Gordon Loughborough University EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Christopher Harrison University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Material performance of hydrogen fuel cells 2017-2021
Jack Hart University of Nottingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Oujen Hodjati-Pugh University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT 3D Multiphysics Modelling and Experimental Validation of Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Stacks with novel Interconnection 2015-2019
A Hye University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Ahmed Ibrahim University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Testing filler materials within membranes of an intermediate temperature fuel cell 2017-2021
Donald Inns Loughborough University EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Aimee Jackson University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Maganese oxide- Graphene oxide hybrid support systems for DMFC (and PEMFC) applications  2014-2018 
Ashkan Kavei Imperial College London EPSRC CDT Development of a Segmented Fuel Cell-Supercapacitor Passive Hybrid System  2015-2019 
Naseruddin Khan University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Zero-emission energy cycle through fuel cell hybrid vehicles with efficient energy storage system applications 2017-2021
Hanlin Lee Loughborough University EPSRC CDT Safety Issues Relating to Fuel Cell Technologies 2018-2022
Derek Low Lougborough University EPSRC CDT The Impact of Environmental Conditions on Fuel Cell Performance 2015-2019 
Peter Mardle University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT An investigation of in-situ grown NiPt nanowires for PEFC applications 2015-2019 
Robert Mather University College London EPSRC CDT Development of Hybrid Fuel Cell / Li-ion Systems 2018-2022
Lois Milner University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT High temperature gas characterisation applied for catalyst development and to provide on-board diagnostics for fuel cells operating on reformed methane 2014-2018 
Arvin Mossadegh-pour University of Birmingham


Coupling high performance metal hydride hydrogen storage to SOFC systems  2012-2016 
Sweta Munshi University of Nottingham


Abiola Oladeji University of Birmingham


Melissa Oum University of Birmingham


Modelling Microstructural and Chemical Degradation of Protec tive Coatings for SOFC Interconnects 2015-2019
Sathish Pandiyan University of Birmingham


Protective coating for SOFC interconnects via Inkjet coating 2015-2019
Pushpa Patel University of Birmingham


Evaluation of the effect of proton exchange membrane fuel cell nanocatalysts on membrane proteins 2018-2022
Marco Pignataro University of Birmingham


Phase change material based emulsions for thermal management applications 2018-2022
Zahra Rana Univeristy College London


 New directions for catalysts in PEMFC systems 2017-2021
Hal Robbs University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Research into PEMFC catalysts  2013-2017 
Beatrice Sampson University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT The added value of hydrogen and fuel cells 2016-2020
Abubakr Siddiq University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Daniel Smith University of Nottingham EPSRC CDT Ionic liquid fuel composition fuel cells for intermediate PEM 2014-2018 
Abigail Snowdon University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Optimising Reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (rSOC) to reduce degradation during methane-assisted co-electrolysis 2017-2021
Samuel Sogbesan University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Alan Stephen  University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT R. Sphaeroides for Biohydrogen production and Fuel Cell Catalysts  2015-2019
Graham Stevenson Imperial College London EPSRC CDT Design and Microstructural Control of All-Ceramic Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells 2015-2019 
Alexandros Symillidi Loughborough University EPSRC CDT Developing Next Generation Direct Fuel Cell Systems using Liquid Fuels for Building and Automotive Applications 2016-2020
Sharleigh Talbot Loughborough University EPSRC CDT The photocatalytic production of hydrogen from contaminated water in a microfluidic system 2014-2018 
Marcus Taylor University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
Alex Thirkell Loughborough University EPSRC CDT Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft 2016-2020
James Wakerley University of Nottingham EPSRC CDT   2018-2022
James Walker  University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Investigation of binary and ternary catalysts to create low-cost, high performance electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells  2014-2018 
Jake Walls Loughborough University EPSRC CDT Photocatalytic production of Ammonia for use in a direct ammonia fuel cell 2014-2018 
George Wilson Imperial College London EPSRC CDT Water Splitting via Thermochemical Redox Reactions 2017-2021
Brian Wong Loughborough University EPSRC CDT Predictive Control and Health Management of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 2018-2022
Fatima Zia University of Birmingham EPSRC CDT Nanotoxicological properties of fuel cell emissions  2012-2016

MRes Researchers

Name Project Title Years
Zeyu Jiang  Carbon-tolerance SOFC anode manufacturing, testing with biogas  2017-2018
Athanasios Tzevelekakis

Metal based Gas Difussion Layers (GDLs) for IT-PEMFC (intermidiate polymere fuel cells)



Name Qual/Funding

Thesis Title



Dr Nasar Al-Mufachi PhD EPSRC - CDT

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

 Thermo-Fluid Engineer, Rolls Royce 2010-2014
Dr Wasim Bhatti (LU)


Novel method to the intergration of a fuel cell system into a UAV with a view to improving vehicle weight and payload capacity

Dr Caroline Blackmore


Photocatalytic (solar) production of H2 with size-selected, tunable nanocatalysts 

Dr Carolina Branco

PhD Brazil 

Composite electrolyte membranes for electrochemical energy conversion in polymer fuel cells 

Ms Rosie Bullock  PG Cert

Mathematical modelling of behavioural responses to fuel cell applications 

Dr Henry Burch PhD EPSRC - CDT

Photochemical hydrogen production using new and developed materials to produce a prototype PEC anode 

Development Scientist, Amalyst Ltd 2012-2016
Dr Amy Campbell (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT

Behavioural and economic studies in respect of new vehicle technologies

Strategy/Policy Consultant, AECOM


Dr Amrit Chandan PhD EPSRC - CDT

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

Technical Specialist, Blue Vine Consultancy


Dr James Courtney PhD EPSRC - CDT

Characterizing the redox active species within liquid catholyte proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Research Fellow, University of East Anglia


Dr Martin Cuddy


Size-selected MOS2 clusters for hydrogen evolution 

Photocathode Development Engineer, Photek (Hastings)


Dr Oliver Curnick PhD EPSRC - CDT

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

Research Quality Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover


Dr Ben Davies (LU) EPSRC CDT Enhancing fuel cell lifetime performance through effective health monitoring and decision support  


Dr Rosalind Davies PhD EPSRC - CDT

Light metal hydrides for hydrogen storage materials 

Editorial Assistant, Taylor & Francis Group 2011-2015
Dr Oliver Deavin (LU) EPSRC CDT

Discovery of novel materials for solid state storage of hydrogen

Mr John Drake MRes

Modelling of proton exchange membrane fuel cells in matlab and comsol 

Dr Theo Elmer (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Integration of a fuel cell into domestic housing for CHP applications Welfare enhanced living conditions for healthier chickens (WelChic), University of Nottingham 2011-2015 
Mr Peter Fisher                         PhD EPSRC - CDT                     

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 Tom Fletcher EPSRC CDT

Optimal Energy Management Strategy for a Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicle



Dr Ashly Fly (LU)


Thermal management of evaporatively cooled fuel cell vehicles

Research Associate, Loughborough University


Dr Christopher Fry (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Characterisation of hydrogen storage using novel nanostructured materials deposited by plasma assisted PVD Project Engineer, Rolls Royce 2009-2013
Mr Balraj Ghataore MRes Automotive application of intergrated PEMFC battery system for power and freezing Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2010-2011
Mr Jonathan Goh MRes Novel electrocatalyst supports for PEMFC Doctoral Researcher at HySA Systems Competence Centre 2011-2014
Dr Jessica Gould (UoN) PhD EPSRC Novel molecules synthesised for hydrogen storage using imine-linked microporous organic molecular frameworks Research Scientist Acrylic Polymers, Croda 2010-2013
Dr Gaurav Gupta PhD EPS Bimetallic platinum-chromium nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEFCs)

Research Fellow, University of Manchester  


Ms Lydia Gurley MRes Characterisation of and hydrogen gas generation from digestate waste   


Dr Philip Hamilton   PhD  The development of PVD coatings for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates MIBA - Teer Coatings  2009-2012
Dr Scott Hardman PhD EPSRC - CDT Niche market applications and the marketing of hydrogen and fuel cells  Market Research Analyst, Blue Vine Consultancy 2012-2016
Dr Mariska Hattenberger PhD EPSRC - CDT Survey of existing membranes including new membrane development and testing for IT and HT PEMFCs  Research Fellow, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 2011-2014
Dr Thomas Heenan (UCL)  EPSRC CDT Microstructural causes and effects of thermally driven degradation in solid oxide fuel cells   2014-2018
Dr Simon Howroyd (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Control systems for fuel cells and hybrid powered man-portable unmanned aircraft systems 6 SATT, Air Training Corps 2011-2015
Dr Katie Howe PhD EPSRC - CDT Design improvement of micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells for unmanned aircraft applications  Patent Attorney  (Birmingham) 2009-2013
Dr Paul Jennings PhD EPSRC - CDT 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 Lecturer in Automotive Systems, Coventry University 2010-2013
Sandy Lamond (UoN) EPSRC CDT Techno-economic analysis of a microbial fuel cell driven anaerobic digestion process   2013-2017
Dr Yaxiang Lu PhD Advanced nanoparticles for fuel cell application  Research Assistant, University of Surrey 2012-2015
Dr Nicholas McCarthy (LU) PhD EPSRC - CDT Standardising new test and characterisation procedures for PEMFCs in support of longer life and improved reliability Technical Specialist, Cenex 2010-2014
Dr Nikkia McDonald PhD EPS SOFC Materials   2011-2016
Mr Haroon Momand MRes The effect of ultrasound on nafion polymer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs)   2010-2013
Dr Jill Newton PhD EPSRC - CDT Nanoparticle catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. A study of surfactant effects on dispersion and catalysis    2009-2013
Dr Tom Pike PhD EPSRC - CDT Development and processing of novel solid oxide fuel cell materials  Project Officer in Energy Innovation & Collaboration, University of Nottingham Energy Technology Centre 2009-2013
Dr Jamie Sandells PhD EPSRC - CDT Mathematical modelling of planar solid oxide fuel cells  Analyst, Deutsche Bank Global Markets 2009-2013
Dr Jonathan Sands PhD EPSRC - CDT Mathematical modelling of oscillatory behaviour in methane powered SOFCs Research Fellow, University of Bangkok 2010-2014
Dr Anwar Sattar PhD EPSRC - CDT Syngas production from biochar followed by purification for SOFC use Research Engineer, Axion Recycling 2010-2014
Dr Nathan Jin Lei Shang PhD EPSRC - CDT The role of hydrogen and fuel cells for ultra low carbon vehicles  Research Fellow, Coventry University 2009-2012
Dr Charlene Sodipo (UoN) PhD EPSRC - CDT Hydrogen production using enzyme catalysis through synthetic analogues of the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site  Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group 2009-2013
Dr Daniel Symes PhD EPSRC - CDT Development of on-demand low temperature electrolysers and their systems  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy  2010-2014
Dr Gareth Thomas PhD EPSRC - CDT The political economy of hydrogen energy; mapping discourse and action  Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 2010-2014
Dr Lina Troskialina PhD EPS Microtubular SOFC operating on bio methane  Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 2009-2012
Dr Tsang-I Tsai PhD Development of a control system for the solid oxide fuel cell stack with combined heat and power systems  Research Engineer, Intelligent Energy 2009-2015
Dr James Watton

EPSRC CDT Solid oxide electrolysers for lower costs hydrogen production through steam electrolysis  Intelligent Energy 2010-2016
Dr Anna Williams PhD EPSRC - CDT Catalysis: reducing platinum loading using micro-organism based platinum nano-particles for PEMFCs    2010-2014
Mr Salman Zadeh MRes Sonoelectrochemical production of hydrogen through electrolysis Process Engineer, Persian Kimya Chlorine Production Complex 2010-2011
Mr Sotiris Alexandrou   MRes Use of biogas on solid oxide fuel cells   2014-2015
Mr Kun Zhang  MRes Development of metal-polymer conjugate coatings for stainless steel bipolar plates in PEMFC Doctoral research - Fuel Cells CDT 2014-2015
Mrs Rachel Priestley MRes Hybrid precious metal-carbon (nano) structures for novel electrocatalysts   2011-2015
Dr Yousif Al-Sagheer  PhD Iraq Fuel cells and hydrogen for balance renewable energy fluctuations  Research Fellow, University of Birmingham 2013-2016

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

Former Visiting Researchers

Former Research Fellows
María García Camprubí      
Dustin McLarty      
Ghazal Razeghi