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 Associates

Frank Orfino

Senior Research Associate - Fuel Cells


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

Pei Pei

Senior Research Associate - Hydrogen Storage

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

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Sandeep Bhattacharya

Experimental Investigation of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Durability

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  • Ph.D., Engineering Materials (In-situ optical and spectroscopical characterization of anodes in Li-ion batteries), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • M.A.Sc., Engineering Materials (Mechanical characterization of alloys for automotive cylinder liner applications), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • B.E. (Honours), Metallurgical Engineering, Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India

Victor Fernandez

Molecular dynamics simulations of the catalyst-ionomer interface in PEM fuel cells in partnership with Ballard Power Systems

  • Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Catalonia, Spain
  • M.Sc., University Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain
  • B.Sc., Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Narinder Singh Khattra

Modeling of polymer fuel cell membrane degradation


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (On the mechanical response of polymer fuel cell membranes), University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Bharathy Subramanian Parimalam

In-situ and Operando Nano-scale 3D Imaging of fuel cells, zinc-air batteries and their components

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  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA
  • B.Tech., Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karikudi, TN, India

Graduate Students

Fabusuyi Akindele Aroge (Ph.D. Candidate)

Operando Visualization of Liquid Water Distribution in PEFCs by XCT Imaging

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  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • B.Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure

Amin Bahrami (Ph.D. Candidate)

In-situ visualization of non-uniformity impact on PEMFC using XCT


  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran 2016 - 2019
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Shiraz University, Iran 2012 – 2016

Nitish Kumar (Ph.D. Candidate)

In-situ visualization of non-uniformity impact on PEMFC using XCT

  • M.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • B.Tech., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India

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

Syedvali Pinjari (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hydrogen storage materials for light-duty vehicle applications (IOCL-SFU Ph.D. Fellow Scheme)

  • M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India - 2015-17
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Idupulapaya, India - 2010-14

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

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

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

Mohsen Mazrouei Sebdani (Ph.D. Candidate)

Fatigue modeling of the reinforced membrane in PEMFC

  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2012-2015
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, 2008-2012

Mohammad Soroush Shojayian (Ph.D. Candidate)

Development and integration of membrane and catalyst layer durability models

  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2015-2018
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2010-2015

Jonas Stoll (Ph.D. Candidate)

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane fuel cells membrane coating optimization


  • M.A.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering, Simon Fraser University, 2018 – 2019 (Transferred into PhD )
  • B.A.Sc. (Hons) Mechatronics Engineering, Simon Fraser University, 2010 – 2015

Sarah Garner (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Membrane Durability in PEM Fuel Cells

  • B.Eng. Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, Carleton University

Caio Juvêncio (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Electrodes for Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Applications

  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Federal de Pernambuco - Campus Caruaru, Brazil

John A.H. MacDonald (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Micro-XCT in-operando liquid water visualization in fuel cells

  • B.Sc., Environmental Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University 2015 - 2020

Pardis Sadeghi (M.A.Sc. Candidate)

Numerical Modeling of Capillary-Driven, Paper-Based Microfluidic Flow-Batteries

  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering , University of Tehran, Iran

Undergraduate Students

Marco Kwok

Co-op Student (2020/01-2020/12)


  • Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Student, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Past Visiting Scientists

Cauê Alves Martins

  • Present position: Permanent Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Exact Science and Technology, Federal University of Grande Dourados, Dourados, Brazil

Past 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

  • Present position: Assistant Professor, University of Tehran
  • 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

Alireza Sadeghi Alavijeh

  • Present position: Process Engineer at ZincNyx Energy Solutions
  • Postdoctoral research Fellow, Simon Fraser University – Automotive Fuel Cell
  • Ph.D., Mechatronic Systems Engineering , Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • M.Sc., Materials Science & Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • B.Sc., Materials Science & Engineering , Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Sebastian Eberhardt

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  • Present position: Testing and Innovation at Daimler
  • Ph.D., Paul Scherrer Institute/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • M.Sc., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, Germany

Andrey Tokarev

Multiscale modeling of new functional materials for energy storage

  • Present position: Research Scientist, Hydrogen In Motion (H2M)
  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

Former Graduate Students

Robin Thomas White

Ph.D. - Graduated

  • Present position: Applications Development Scientist – Energy Materials, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, USA
  • Thesis title: Investigating cathode catalyst layer degradation in polymer electrolyte fuel cells by lab-based x-ray computed tomography

Yadvinder Singh

Ph.D. - Graduated

  • Present position: Research Engineer, Ballard Power Systems
  • Thesis title: Characterization of degradation, fracture and failure in fuel cell membranes

Omar A. Ibrahim

Ph.D. - Graduated

  • Present position: Research Scientist, Fuelium, Spain
  • Thesis title: Practical advances in microfluidic electrochemical energy conversion

Marvin Messing

M.A.Sc. (2015/09-2017/12) - Graduated

  • Present position: PhD Student, McMaster University

Senthil velan Venkatesan

Ph.D. - Graduated

  • Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary

Anish Pokhrel

M.A.Sc. - Graduated

  • Present position: Industrial Engineer at Ingram Micro Inc

Marc-Antoni Goulet

Ph.D. (2012/01-2016/05) - Graduated

  • Present position: Assistant Professor, Concordia University
  • Thesis title: Co-laminar flow cells for electrochemical energy conversion
  • NSERC PGS-D scholarship holder

Mehdi Andisheh Tadbir

Ph.D. (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

Ph.D. (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

Jin wook Lee

Ph.D. (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

M.A.Sc. (2009/09-2011/08) – Graduated

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

Former Undergraduate Students

Angus Hui


Marisa Tellis


Matthew Wegener


Mike Xu


Kevin Dahl

Co-op (2017/05-2017/12)

Tylynn Haddow

Co-op (2017/05-2017/12)

Aronne Habisch

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

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

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