Prof. Gillian Goward, Ph.D.View Biography[X]
Dr. Gillian Goward leads an active research team at McMaster University, with research interests spanning materials science, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy. She specializes in the use of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for characterizing structure and dynamics in ion-conductors for electrochemical applications. She has contributed over 50 publications, and currently supervises five graduate students. She is leading an NSERC Automotive Partnerships Canada grant, awarded in 2011, with the goal of investigating lithium ion battery chemistry using in situ magnetic resonance and microscopy methods. Dr. Goward completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in 2000. Her thesis involved the development and characterization (using both electrochemical and NMR methods) of novel anode materials for Lithium Rechargable Batteries. She worked as an NSERC post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. Her work there involved applications of advanced NMR techniques to study novel proton-conducting materials as candidates for polymer exchange membranes in fuel cells and was funded by an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship. In July 2002, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at McMaster University, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. She was a recipient of the Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2003, supported by the Ontario Government and General Motors of Canada.
Dr. Christopher GuzyView Biography[X]
Christopher Guzy joined Ballard as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in February 2005. In January 2008, Dr. Guzy took on the additional role of Vice President of Operations. Dr. Guzy’s areas of responsibility include worldwide operations, technology research and development and product development.
Prof. Adam HitchcockView Biography[X]
Adam Hitchcock is Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and member of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research at McMaster University. Educated at McMaster University (BSc in Chemistry, 1974) and the University of British Columbia (PhD in Chemical Physics, 1978), he joined the faculty at McMaster in 1979. Major awards include the 1989 Noranda lecture award (Chemical Institute of Canada) and the senior Canada Research Chair in Materials Research CLS/CCRS (2001-2014). He was appointed a fellow in Academies of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006. His research uses synchrotron based X-ray microscopies and spectroscopies to study a wide variety of materials. During his 33 year academic career he has had active research programs at many different synchrotrons (CHESS, NSLS, ALS, SSRL, Daresbury, LURE (ACO, DCI), HasyLab, BESSY, Elettra, CLS) using both soft and hard X-ray absorption and ionization techniques to investigate gases, liquids, solids, surfaces and photoionization dynamics. His group was deeply involved in developing the current generation of state of the art scanning transmission X-ray microscopes (STXM) which use differential interferometry to take full advantage of the ~25 nm spatial resolution of current generation zone plates. He is the scientific leader of the soft X-ray spectromicroscopy beamline (SM) at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), a 2.9 GeV synchrotron light facility in Saskatoon, Canada. CLS-SM is a state of the art facility for STXM and X-ray photoemission electron microscopy (X-PEEM) of materials. In addition to instrumentation advances in X-ray microscopy, his current research interests include fuel cell materials, environmental samples including biomagnetism, and nanoscience and nanotechnology. He is the North American editor of the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, appointed in January 1997, after serving on the editorial board since 1986. He has worked with AFCC and Ballard Power since 2008 on fuel cell characterization using STXM
Prof. Steven Holdcroft, Ph.DView Biography[X]
The common theme of this research program is the role of structure and morphology on the properties of Advanced Functional Polymers. The program bridges polymer synthesis, materials science, organic electronics, electrochemistry, and fuel cell science. One theme concerns electronic and optical properties of pi-conjugated polymer films. The goal is to understand relationships between structure and function. This program contributes to a science we term macromolecular electronics- a rapidly emerging discipline that bridges molecular electronics and conventional microelectronics. Our strategy is first to understand how the structure of polymers at the molecular, conformational and solid state level affects electrical and optical properties, and secondly, to control and manipulate these properties. We use this information to synthesize and study new polymeric materials onto which specific properties are conferred by choice and design. These properties may include one, or a combination, of the following: electrical conductivity, semiconductivity, electroluminescence, photoreaction, self-assembly and long-range molecular order, and photovoltaics. The other research theme concerns the polymer science and electrochemistry of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells and Fuel Cell technology. Fuel cells are akin to batteries in which the reagents, often gases, are continually fed to electrodes. When the fuel and oxidant are hydrogen and oxygen, respectively, the product is water and electricity. This research program involves monomer, polymer, and membrane synthesis; physical characterization of proton conducting membranes; solid-state electrochemistry in polymeric media, the study of gas diffusion electrodes and fuel cells. Prof. Holdcroft is also affiliated with NRC’s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, where he heads a research team investigating the design of next-generation membrane-electrode-assemblies.
Prof. Gregory Jerkiewicz, Ph.D.View Biography[X]
Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz received his M.Eng. in chemical engineering (double accreditation program) from The Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, in 1984, and also studied solid state physics at the same University. In 1985, he immigrated to Canada and completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Ottawa (1991) under the supervision of Prof. Brian E. Conway, one of the leading scientists in electrochemistry of the twentieth century. Following his Ph.D. studies, he was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Physics, The University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was a faculty member at the University of Sherbrooke from 1992 until 2002, when he joined the Department of Chemistry, Queen's University.
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Prof. Kunal Karan, Associate ProfessorView Biography[X]
Prof. Kunal’s research interests are inspired by the challenges of understanding the coupled reaction-transport processes spanning nano- to meso- to macro-scale for application in and related to fuel cells. An overview of research topics he has indulged himself into are summarized below: ·
Characterization and Engineering of Fuel Cells Electrodes
Nano-and Micro-engineered electrodes for PEMFCs
Experimental studies of porous and dense SOFC Cathodes
Mathematical Modeling of Fuel Cells
Continuum Micro-Modeling of PEMFC and SOFC Electrodes
Micro-kinetic Modeling of PEMFC and SOFC Electrodes
Impedance Modeling of PEMFC and SOFC Electrode Processes
Microkinetic Modeling of Reforming Reactions
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Dr. Shanna Knights, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.View Biography[X]
Ms. Shanna Knights is Manager of Research at Ballard Power Systems. Her fuel cell research areas during seventeen years at Ballard include durability, reliability, performance, and operational behavior, and span several fuel cell applications, including stationary power generation, cogeneration, bus, light duty automotive, back-up power, and materials handling. She is responsible for both internal research activities and significant collaboration with universities, research institutions and industry. Her group at Ballard conducts R&D for the fuel cell components of membrane, anode and cathode catalyst layers, gas diffusion layers, and for the integration of the MEA components, with the objective of developing next generation products with reduced cost, and increased performance, functionality, and durability. She is holder of 13 Ballard patents, with an additional 5 pending. Prior to joining Ballard, Ms. Knights worked as research engineer and project manager for BC Research for 7 years in the areas of waste management and chemical process and reaction engineering.
Prof. Anthony Kurcenak, B.Sc., Ph.D,. CChem. MRSCView Biography[X]
Prof. Anthony Kucernak (ARK) B.Sc., Ph.D,. CChem. MRSC, is a professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, and has extensive experience in the study of various aspects of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells, supercapacitors, and the design of new electrochemical techniques. His group currently studies a large number of aspects of fuel cell systems ranging from the development of new electrocatalysts, the development of new techniques to characterise and study electrocatalysts, the development of fuel cell electrodes, and the development of new methods to characterise fuel cells.