PhD Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town
Overview/ Research interests
The need for energy and energy-services to satisfy social and economic development, welfare and health is increasing sharply, placing strain on both suppliers as well as the environment. To maintain global economic growth as well as environmental health, an accelerated shift to renewable and greener technologies is required to meet energy demand of future generations sustainably. Hydrogen Fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity through catalysed chemical reactions providing clean energy in both stationary and automobile applications with no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Potential reversal in PEMFC’s occurs when there is a shortage of hydrogen supply to meet the requirements of the cell. Nanofibers have attracted much attention due to its advantageous properties when compared to other 1D nanomaterials. They are flexible to create unique structures like core/shell structures and hierarchical pores. Electrospinning is a remarkably simple, low cost, environmentally friendly, and an industry-viable technique. The aim of this work is to produce OER supports that will increase the performance and durability of MEA during cell reversal.
The Department of Chemical Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.