Research Groups

The Fuel Cell Institute is currently home to nine research groups in fuel cell and hydrogen energy:

 

The Fuel Cell Process System Engineering Group develops better understanding of major components of a PEMFC system: PEMFC stack, gas humidifier, fuel processing reactor and membrane gas separation module; and fuel cell heat and water management. The group designs and builds PEMFC prototypes: 500W and 5 kW PEMFC stacks, fuel cell motorcycles and 1-5 kW portable fuel cell power module.

 

The Fuel Cell Electrochemical Processes Group develops higher temperature proton exchange membrane that can operate at high temperature and without humidification such as composite and inorganic membranes and low Pt loading electrodes for high performance MEAs.

 

The Fuel Cell Plate Material and Manufacture Group develops polymer composite from thermoplastic polymers and thermoset resins and graphite for compression and injection moulding to reduce manufacturing cost.

 

The Micro Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Group develops design advisor tools for direct methanol fuel cell, passive single cell and multi-cell stacks of micro-direct methanol fuel cell.

 

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Group develops low and intermediate temperature (500- 600 Celcius) solid oxide fuel cells electrolytes and electrodes.

 

The Biofuel Cell Group or microbial fuel cell using the anaerobic fermentation of POME to produce electricity directly and reduce wastewater BOD

 

The Fuel Processing Group works on auto-thermal reforming catalysis of natural gas and alcohols using mixed metal oxides on alumina and zeolite support, hydrogen purification by adsorption, membrane reactors for production and purification of hydrogen and hydrogen storage by nanostructured carbon.

 

The Solar Hydrogen group develops solar hydrogen eco-houses using PV and PV-Wind energy hybrid and photo-electro-chemical cells using dye sensitized photo-electrodes.

 

The Biohydrogen Group develops dark and light anaerobic fermentation of wastewater such as palm oil mill effluent (POME) to produce hydrogen.