FCReL Members

Principal Investigator

Erik Kjeang, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Principal Investigator


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada
  • M.Sc./B.Sc., Energy Engineering, Umea University, Sweden

Research Associate

Frank Orfino

Senior Research Associate


  • M.Sc., Physics (Experimental, Solid State), University of British Columbia

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Pouria Ahmadi

Affordable low-carbon emission vehicle technologies to meet climate goals and life cycle assessment (LCA) of alternative fuels for vehicle technologies

  • Ph.D., University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada
  • M.Sc., Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • B.Sc., University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Sebastian Eberhardt

X-ray Tomographic Microscopy of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

Google Scholar

  • Ph.D., Paul Scherrer Institute/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • M.Sc., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, Germany

Tom Engl

Advanced Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Diagnostics


  • Ph.D., Electrode Degradation in High-Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Characterization, Mechanisms and Mitigation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
  • M.Sc., Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, University of Kassel, Germany

Pei Pei

Hydrogen to Motion

  • Ph.D., Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China

Alireza Sadeghi Alavijeh

Mechanical Durability of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

  • Postdoctoral research Fellow, Simon Fraser University – Automotive Fuel Cell
  • Ph.D., Mechatronic Systems Engineering , Simon Fraser University, Canada 2011 – 2015
  • M.Sc., Materials Science & Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran 2007 – 2010
  • B.Sc., Materials Science & Engineering , Sharif University of Technology, Iran 2003 – 2007

Andrey Tokarev

Multiscale modeling of new functional materials for energy storage

  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

Michael Whitwick

Hydrogen to Motion (nanomaterials as hydrogen storage media)

  • Ph.D., Physics (Experimental, synthesis of nanomaterials)

Ka Hung (Richard) Wong, Ph.D.

Chemical Membrane Degradation Model and Membrane Durability Model

  • Ph.D., School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • M.Sc., Electronic and Information Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • B.Sc., The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Graduate Students

Omar A. Ibrahim (Ph.D. Candidate)

Microfluidic electrochemical energy conversion


  • MSc., Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt (Research Venue: imec, Belgium)
  • BSc., Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt

Sahida Kureshi (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hydrogen Storage Material Modeling in collaboration with industrial partner Hydrogen in Motion (H2M)

  • Engineer’s Degree, Santa Clara University
  • M.E., J.N. V. University
  • B.E., Gujarat University

Daivik Rajan Mehta (Ph.D. Candidate)

Mathematical Models for PEM fuel Cell Degradation

  • M.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Dilip Ramani (Ph.D. Candidate)

Membrane degradation phenomenon in Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

  • M.Sc., Alternative Energy, Ira. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University, USA
  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, India

Paran Jyoti Sarma (Ph.D. Candidate)

Analysis of refinery hydrogen for PEFC applications

  • M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, India
  • B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, MIT Manipal, India

Anand Sagar (Ph.D. Candidate)

Development of low cost air cooled PEM fuel cell for stationary applications

  • M.Tech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, India, 2013-2015
  • B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, BPUT,Odisha, India, 2009-2013

Yadvinder Singh (Ph.D Candidate)

3D failure analysis of degradation and FEA modelling of stress, fatigue and fracture in fuel cell membranes

  • M.Sc., Mechatronics Engineering, Simon Fraser University, Canada 2011 - 2013
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India 2003 – 2007

Senthil velan Venkatesan (Ph.D. Candidate)

Investigation of Polymer electrolyte fuel cell components degradation

  • M.Sc., Anna University, India
  • B.Sc., University of Madras, India

Robin Thomas White (Ph.D. Candidate)

Development of small scale fuel cell fixture for in situ visualization of PEFCs by XCT imaging

  • M.A.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • B.Sc., (Hons) Nanoscience, Minor in Physics, University of Guelph, Canada

Marvin Messing (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Affordable low-carbon emission vehicle technologies to meet climate goals and life cycle assessment (LCA) of alternative fuels for vehicle technologies

  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Minor and Mechatronics Systems Specialization, University of Victoria, Canada

Anish Pokhrel (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Catalyst Layer degradation Analysis Using X-ray computed tomography

  • B.Sc., Manufacturing Engineering from University of Wisconsin- Stout, Menomonie, WI, USA

Undergraduate Students

Kevin Dahl

Co-op Student

  • Undergraduate Engineering Student, University of British Columbia, Canada

Vivian Pan

Co-op Student

  • Undergraduate Engineering Science Student, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Tim Sun

Co-op Student

  • Undergraduate Chemistry Student, University of British Columbia, Canada

Patricia Thomson

Co-op Student

  • Undergraduate Chemistry Student, University of Victoria, Canada

Former Students

Marc-Antoni Goulet

PhD (2012/01-2016/05) - Graduated

  • Thesis title: Co-laminar flow cells for electrochemical energy conversion
  • NSERC PGS-D scholarship holder
  • Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Mehdi Andisheh Tadbir

PhD (2011/09-2015/12) - Graduated

  • Thesis title: Modeling and characterization of micro-porous layers in fuel cells
  • Present position: Research Engineer, Ballard Power Systems

Natalia Macauley

PhD (2012/01-2015/08) - Graduated

  • Thesis title: Empirical membrane lifetime model for heavy duty fuel cell systems
  • Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab

Aronne Habisch

BASc Co-op (2013/09-2014/08) - Graduated

  • Junior Test Engineer/MAT Coordinator, Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC)

Jin wook Lee

PhD (2010/01-2012/12) - Graduated

  • Thesis title: Performance Enhancements of Microfluidic Fuel Cells with Flow-Through Porous Electrodes
  • Present Position: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Setareh Shahsavari

MASc (2009/09-2011/08) – Graduated

  • Thesis title: Thermal analysis of air-cooled fuel cells
  • Present Position: PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Deepak Krishnamurthy

BASc Thesis, BITS Pilani/SFU (2010/05-2010/12) – Graduated(Research conducted and defended at SFU; BITS Pilani administered degree)

  • Thesis title: Simulation and design of a microfluidic fuel cell with flow-through porous electrodes
  • Present Position: PhD Student, Stanford University, USA