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Winter 2018

Front Row (L to R): Bea, Jachym, Armando, Tao, Viola, Maggie, Erin, Robert and Anusha

Back Row (L to R): Paul, Scott, Haris, Jason, Rounak, Marwa, Alex, Anand, Arlene, Kyle, Oliver, Annie, Erwan, Samantha and Linda

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Around Calgary

Our research is focused on electrochemistry and nanomaterials development, primarily for clean energy and sensor applications.  There are typically ca. 20 students and PDFs in our team, we collaborate with many leading groups around the world, and we also work closely with multiple industry partners.  Our research lab has been recently constructed and is very well equipped.

 

In the clean energy area, we have pioneered the development of a highly promising electrocatalyst (metal oxide perovskite) that can be used as both the air and fuel electrode in advanced symmetrical SOFCs, and is also highly catalytic and stable during CO2 splitting, forming useful fuels under electrolysis (energy storage) conditions. We have also developed a novel, self-supported, nanoporous carbon scaffold material that has application in fuel cells, redox flow batteries, Li ion batteries, and capacitors, as well as in electrically controlled nanofilters and sensors.  We are also working on core-shell nanoparticles, metal oxide nanotubes, metal nanoparticle nanoarrays, infiltration of catalysts into porous scaffolds, and more.

 

Our group is also actively engaged in microbial and drug sensor development, based on advanced electrochemical and surface nano- engineering concepts."

 

More detail regarding our research is given on this website, in the following categories

(a) Solid Oxide Fuel/Electrolysis Cells

(b) Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs)

(c) New Generation Carbon Materials

(d) Biological Sensor Development & Microbial Electrolysis Cells

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