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Michael Eikerling

Michael Eikerling is collaborating with several fuel-cell (AFCC, Ballard) and automotive (Ford, Nissan) companies to create more efficient fuel cells. [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]

[dropcap style=””]R[/dropcap]esearch in my “Theoretical Chemical Physics and Electrochemical Materials Science Group” encompasses a range of topics — the motivation stems from the escalating energy challenge that drives worldwide research on polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) and other electrochemical technologies. We are involved in two SFU-led Canadian flagship projects in the PEFC science and technology sector that focus on the development of highly durable proton-conducting polymer materials (APC PEM) for bus applications and on catalysis research (CaRPE-FC). Our contributions are critical to these projects, since we are the sole group to perform studies in computational materials modelling. These projects, in turn, are pivotal for the Vancouver region and Canadian fuel-cell sector, which has pioneered the commercial development of fuel-cell technology, to maintain the competitive advantage and become a global gateway for efficient-energy technology and environmentally benign electromobility. Access to facilities for large-scale computational studies of electrochemical materials, offered by Compute Canada’s infrastructure, is critical for achieving ambitious goals pursued in these projects.