Philip Hamilton


Supervisor: Dr Bruno G. Pollet

Sponsor: Teer Coating Ltd


EPSRC Project - Low cost Materials for Bi polar Plates


Philip graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2007 with a degree in Sport & Materials Science. He then continued with his materials science interests to complete a Masters in Research in Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies focusing on hydrogen storage. Following this, he started his PhD at the University of Birmingham in October 2009.

Philip’s Industrial CASE PhD is funded by EPSRC and focuses on the development of low cost high performance bipolar plates for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) applications.

The bipolar plate contributes a large gravimetric and volumetric proportion of the fuel cell stack in addition to having a significant influence on the overall cost and performance. Consequently, the material employed is of vital importance to the commercial viability of PEMFC.

Bipolar plates have a variety of functions to perform. These include being the conductive medium between the anode and cathode, providing the flow field channels for the reaction gases, a solid structure for the stack, separating the gases between cells and facilitating water and heat management.

His work is being done in collaboration with bipolar plate manufacturers including TEER Coatings Ltd who specialize in PVD coatings and are part of Miba AG.


Conferences & Events Attended:

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Clean Cities, Vehicles and Buildings, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 2010
  • Midlands Electrochemistry Group (MEG), Leicester University, 2010
  • Sustainability Live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 2010


  1. Hamilton P.J. & Pollet B.G. Review of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) Flow Field Plates: Design, Materials and Characterisation. Fuel Cells 10, 2010, 4, p489-509.