Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali Abdelkareem

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department, University of Sharjah, U.A.E. 

Dr. Mohammad spent 7 years in one of the pioneer labs in Japan in the field of electrochemical energy devices, i.e., fuel cells. During his PhD study, Dr Mohammad developed a novel electrode structure for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC), thereby; the methanol concentration which can be used efficiently in DMFC has been increased from 7 to 100 weight%. Dr Mohammad enrolled in various postdoctoral fellowships in Japan for the development of the electrodes of the direct methanol fuel cells. Dr Mohammad back to Egypt at the end of 2012, where he secured international and national funds through them he built up two pioneer labs in the field of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Microbial Fuel Cells. Right now, he is professor in sustainable and renewable energy engineering department, university of Sharjah, UAE. He is working on the development of the different renewable energy resources, thermofluids, and electrochemical devices that can be used in wastewater treatment and water desalination. Professor Mohammad has secured several national and international research funds with more than 800,000 USD for the development of the various electrochemical energy conversion storage devices. Professor Mohammad published more than 300 manuscripts in ISI indexed journals.

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Recent progress in the application of fuel cells and challenges facing the green hydrogen production

Fossil fuel plays a significant role in global warming, and thus a renewable and sustainable clean energy source should be used.  Moreover, the development of environmentally friendly energy conversion devices such as fuel cells will contribute positively in controlling global warming. The main challenges facing the wide spread of the fuel cells are the high cost of the Pt catalyst as well as the problems related to the production and storage of pure hydrogen.  Recently significant progress has been made regarding the development of fuel cells in various applications as well as green hydrogen production. This work covers the progress done in green hydrogen focusing on the main challenges facing its mass production as well as the potential of the fuel cells application in residential and transportation sectors.