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Module Title Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 03 26219
Module Lead Dr NV Rees
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description The module aims to develop an understanding of the measurements techniques used in development and study of fuel cells. The course is sub-divided into two sections:
a. Electrochemical Techniques
b. Material Characterisation Techniques

The first section introduces the electrochemical techniques to understand catalyst performance, durability and electrochemically active surface (ECSA) area. Working principle and types of fuel cells; concept of power, relation between current and voltage and I-V curve; concepts like reversibility and other electrochemistry concepts relevant to fuel cells are also included.

Material characterisation discusses the principles and importance of techniques available (XRD, TGS, SEM, TEM, IR, NMR) to study composition and surface characteristics of various components (catalysts, supports, MEA, GDL) of fuel cells.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Plan and design experimental procedures to critically evaluate the operation of fuel cells, catalyst utilisation, electrochemically active catalyst surface area and poisoning.
  • Assess and evaluate the different electrochemical concepts including cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, chronoamperometry to study fuel cells components.
  • Compare, differentiate and analyse different material characterisation techniques.
  • Evaluate different material properties and requirements (morphology, conductivity, water retention etc) for electrocatalysts, catalyst supports, conducting membranes and other fuel cell components by combining electrochemical and material characterisation.
Assessment 26219-01 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 100% coursework, 4,000 word assignment

Reassessment: Resubmission of coursework
Other None
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