Mahlon S. Wilson, Ph.D.

Mahlon S. Wilson received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1989 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  His thesis research was in the area of heterogeneous catalysis with particular emphasis on adsorbate-surface interactions on nano-scale catalyst particles.  Afterwards, he became a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory to work in the Core Research Program on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells.  In 1991, Dr. Wilson became a Technical Staff Member. His contributions have encompassed all aspects of fuel cell technology from fundamental characterization and catalysis to developing advancements in membrane electrode assemblies, cell humidification, gas diffusion backings, flow-fields, bipolar plates and also "air-breathing" and "adiabatic" and direct methanol systems.  Many of his patents have been licensed to industry and the catalyzed membrane concept he pioneered has become the standard technology used by the fuel cell community.   According to recent surveys, Dr. Wilson is one of the most cited fuel cell authors and inventors in the world.