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The School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UoB) hosts one of the leading research groups on fuel cells in the UK, the Centre for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Research (HFCRC). Integrated planar, planar and micro-tubular (µSOFCs) have been studied at the HFCRC since 2000. Former PhD students have gone on to work in the fuel cell industry, at, for example, Rolls Royce (UK), Acumentrics (USA) and Nanodynamics (USA). In 2007-2008 the local development agency Advantage West Midlands awarded more than £6million to Birmingham and Warwick Universities to create an R&D facility for hydrogen and fuel cells within the Science City Initiative. UoB, in collaboration with Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham, forms the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC). This consortium has a critical mass of faculty specialising in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, with 30 academic staff, more than any other UK location, one of the main topics being vehicle applications of fuel cells. The HFCRC leads the Doctoral Training Centre on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (DTC) to train 50 doctoral students (with intake of around 10 a year since 2009) together with Loughborough and Nottingham universities.
  • NaserDr. Naser Al-Mufachi: linkedin
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In 2007, Naser Al-Mufachi completed his Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. After working two years at an engineering firm, Naser pursued a PhD with integrated studies in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Application at the University of Birmingham. His researched focused on hydrogen separation using surface modified Pd-based dense metal membranes. Following the completion of his PhD in 2015, Naser is now a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.