Queen's RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre
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(Energy Storage and Recovery Ontario - Ontario Research Fund-Research Excellence)


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The Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC) is Canada's leading university-based research and development organization in partnership with industry dedicated to advancing the knowledge base for addressing the key technology challenges to the commercialisation of fuel cell applications.


Professor Mao's of Tsinghua University Visit to FCRC


Professor Mao and Post Doctor Hao from Tsinghua University Visit with FCRC Professor Mao presenting a plate showing the famous Second Gate at Tsinghua University to Brant Peppley and the FCRC group on his recent visit to the centre



Professor Mao, Brant Peppley, Jon Pharoah and Scott Yam

Professor Mao with Scott Yam, Associate Dean of Queen's University

Brant Peppley of Queen's University and Jon Pharoah, Director of FCRC




Canadian Physics Tour at FCRC




FCRC MASc candidate with students at FCRC from the Canadian Physics Tour

FCRC MASc candidate Andrew French speaking with the students of the Canadian Physics Tour visiting Fuel Cell Research Centre




Ela Halliop of FCRC speaking with students of Canadian Physics Tour

Ela Halliop of FCRC speaking with touring students


28 Oct 2014 Congratulations to Negar Manafi who successfully defended her thesis on 'Numerical Modeling of the Effect of Sulfur
Poisoning on the Performance of the Porous Anode of a
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell'

Co-Supervisors: Peppley and Karan


30 Sept 2014 FCRC welcomed Professor Zhongqian Mao and his Post Doctor, Mr. Sijia Hao from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. They were here to tour the FCRC research centre and discuss potential future collaborations with Queen's University


25 Sept 2014 Congratulations to Trevor Wartman who successfully defended his thesis on 'Performance Investigation of a Pilot-Scale Integrated Anaerobic Digestion Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell System Calibrated to Experimental Stack Data'

Co-Supervisors: Peppley and Thurgood


June 2014 Congratulations to Rakesh Saini who successfully defended his thesis on 'Experimental Investigation of Electrokinetic Phenomena in Planar and Porous Substrates'

Supervisor: Barz


2 April 2014 Jon Pharoah, Director of Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre was recently featured on TEDxQueensU. The title of his talk was "The Power of Zero"


1 April 2014 FCRC welcomes Mathias Scholz a visiting graduate student from TU Dresden, Germany.

He joins us to work on a mandatory research project. His research is concerned with the computation of flows around obstacles in microfluidic channels.
Supervisor: Barz

27 March 2014 Wolfgang Reitinger a visiting graduate student from TU Muenchen, returns back to Munich, Germany

While Wolfgang was here he worked on the interaction of zwitterionic surfactants on polymeric microfluidic substrates
Supervisor: Barz

Feb 2014 Dr. Antonio Bertei PhD

Congratulations to Antonio Bertei on defending his thesis

"Mathematical Modeling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells" Antonio Bertei was a visiting scholar at FCRC in 2013.
Host at FCRC: Pharoah
External Examiner: Peppley

1 Oct 2013 Sangeeta Shakrawar successfully defended her thesis on "Numerical Prediction of Effective Elastic Properties and Effective Thermal Expansion Coefficient for Porous YSZ Microstructures in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells"
Co-Supervisors: Peppley and Pharoah

1 Oct 2013 Duncan Gawel successfully defended his thesis on "The Development of a Coupled Physics and Kinetics Model to Computationally Predict the Powder to Power Performance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode Microstructures"
Supervisor: Pharoah

30 Sept 2013 Robert Nishida successfully defended his thesis on "Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stacks" Supervisor: Pharoah

2 Sept 2013 Dr. Devproshad Paul, PhD

Congratulations to Devproshad on defending his thesis "Structure and Properties of Sub-Micron Thin Nation Films"

Andrew Herring of Colorado School of Mines provided some challenging questions that Proshad responded to with aplomb.

1 July 2013 Dr. Jon Pharoah is the new Director of FCRC

Jon Pharoah has been officially appointed Director of FCRC. Jon was a founding member of FCRC and has been Associate Director and a member of the Advisory Council. We all look forward to the new vision for FCRC that Jon will bring as our new leader. The outgoing director, Brant Peppley, will be on sabbatical for the coming year.

18 June 2013 Dr. Brant Peppley and FCRC receive Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Academic Award of Excellence

Dr. Peppley and the Fuel Cell Research Centre were recognized for the contributions made in the area of catalysis and fuel cell electrode research. Participation by FCRC researchers in all three NSERC national strategic networks: SOFC Canada, H2Can and CaRPE FC was also cited.

6 May 2013 Barbra Brousseau Moves to a new position as Department Manager for Global Development Studies

The Fuel Cell Research Centre will greatly miss having Barbra taking care of the operations and the day to day life of the research centre. She has done an exceptionally excellent job of looking after everyone's employment needs and made sure that people got paid, had airplanes to get on and desks to sit in. Barbra has been an integral part of FCRC since its founding and looked after the logistics of doing research from even earlier during the era of CAMM (Centre of Automotive Materials and Manufacturing). We all wish her well in her new position in Global Development Studies.




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