Find contact information and brief biographies for Fuel Cell Consortium for Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) steering committee members.
Rod Borup has been a Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1999, starting as a post-doctoral researcher in 1994. Rod is the Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Vehicle Technologies Programs and is a Team Leader for fuel cells. He received his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1988, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1993. He has worked on fuel cells for transportation at both Los Alamos and General Motors. He has been awarded 13 U.S. patents, authored ~100 papers related to fuel cell technology, and presented over 100 oral papers at international and national meetings, with over 6,000 citations and an H-factor of 29. He has led projects on hydrogen production, water transport, and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell durability. He was the Principal Investigator for the 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award, was awarded the 2005 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award for his team's work in fuel cell durability, received the U.S. Drive 2012 Tech Team Award for the Fuel Cell Technical Team, and was recently selected as the 2014 winner of the Research Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society and PI for the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award. He is a member of the DOE/U.S. DRIVE Fuel Cell Technical Team, co-chair of the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Durability Working Group, and Director for FC-PAD.
Adam Z. Weber is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University and earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley modeling transport phenomena in fuel cells. His current research involves understanding and optimizing fuel cell performance and lifetime, including component and ionomer structure/function studies using advanced modeling and diagnostics, understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage, as well as analysis of solar-fuel generators where he is a thrust coordinator at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). Dr. Weber has coauthored ~90 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters on fuel cells, flow batteries, and related electrochemical devices, developed many widely used models for fuel cells and their components, and has been invited to present his work at various international and national meetings. He is also the recipient of a number of awards including the 2012 Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society, a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the 2014 Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society, and a Kavli Fellow in 2014. Dr. Weber also sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry and is past chair of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society.
Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos is the Program Manager for Fuel Cells in the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office, where he oversees efforts focused on the development of fuel cells and fuel cell systems for transportation, stationary and early market applications. He has more than 18 years of combined experience in research, technology development, and management in areas related to surface science, catalysis, and fuel cell technologies. Prior to joining DOE in 2009, Dimitrios was Head of Catalyst Development at CMR Fuel Cells. Previous positions include those at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics Amsterdam, and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Dimitrios received his Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (Chemistry), as a Marie Curie fellow, at the University of Cambridge.
Gregory Kleen is a Fuel Cell Technology Development Manager and the Education and Outreach Team Lead for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) in the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. During his eight years at the FCTO, Gregory has assisted dozens of companies, universities, and national laboratories in fuel cell R&D and outreach. He has a technical background in fuel cells, with 15 years in the industry, and speaks regularly at industry conferences and events. Gregory received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1997.
Debbie Myers received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of expertise include electrocatalysis of fuel cell and electrolysis reactions; materials development and characterization to improve the durability and performance of polymer electrolyte membrane and solid oxide fuel cells; and in situ and operando X-ray spectroscopy and scattering techniques.
K.C. Neyerlin is a senior scientist at NREL. He is currently involved in R&D activities of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Dr. Neyerlin has over 15 years of experience in PEM fuel cell research and development in industrial, academic, and national lab environments. He has experience in electrode development including the fabrication of both small scale membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), via ultrasonic spray and electrospinning, and larger scale roll-to-roll production methods. Dr. Neyerlin specializes in the application of in-situ electrochemical diagnostics to elucidate the voltage loss contributions of fundamental electrochemical processes (e.g., electrochemical kinetics of catalysts, ionic and gas phase transport resistances). Dr. Neyerlin currently leads NREL's efforts in both the Fuel Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) and ElectroCat consortia to quantify and improve fundamental electrode performance limitations
Ahmet Kusoglu is a Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on ionomer materials and related chemical-mechanical phenomena in fuel cells. Dr. Kusoglu holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, the latter of which he received from the University of Delaware, where he studied the mechanical characterization and durability of fuel cell membranes and earned a graduate fellowship award. His current research involves ionomer membranes, composites, and thin films, including diagnostics and modeling of their structure/function relationships and degradation as well as their morphological characterization with synchrotron X-rays. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and two book chapters on fuel cell ionomers and has been invited to present his work on ionomer characterization and durability at various international and national meetings. He is the recipient of the 2016 Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Energy Technology Division and the 2018 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship.
Dr. Rajesh Ahluwalia is a Senior Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of fuel-cell-related experience. He has more than 40 fuel-cell-related publications, which have been cited more than 2,000 times, four fuel-cell-related book chapters, and more than 50 invited presentations. He has been Argonne's principal investigator on a number of fuel-cell-related projects on fuel cell systems analysis, durability of fuel cell components, performance and durability of NSTF catalysts, on-board and off-board reforming of fuels for fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen production.
Rangachary Mukundan (Mukund) is a technical staff member at the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His current research interests include fuel cells, electrochemical gas sensors, energy storage devices, and hydrogen and oxygen permeation membranes. He is currently heading Thrust Area 5 of FC-PAD.
Karren More is the Group Leader for the Electron and Atom Probe Microscopy Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and has been a research staff member at ORNL since 1988, first in the Materials Science and Technology Division, and more recently (since 2013) at the CNMS. Her research interests are focused on using advanced electron microscopy toward understanding the structure and chemistry of nanomaterials, especially related to performance, stability, and durability. Over the past 10 years, she has developed and applied high resolution imaging and spectroscopy techniques toward understanding degradation of materials comprising polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell catalyst layers. Karren is currently the FC-PAD Coordinator for Thrust 6: Diagnostics and Characterization.