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Group Leader:
Cathy Padró

Group Office:
Leorrie Atencio

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1663
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Los Alamos, NM

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Judith Valerio at one of our 31 single-cell test stands



Fuel Cell Team

The FC team focus is R&D on polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells for commercial and military applications. Our program has had ongoing funding in the area of polymer electrolyte fuel cells since 1977 and has been responsible for enabling breakthroughs in the areas of thin film electrodes and air bleed for CO tolerance. For more information on the history of fuel cell research at Los Alamos, please click here.

Fuel cells are an important enabling technology for the Hydrogen Economy and have the potential to revolutionize the way we power the nation and the world. The FC team is exploring the potential of fuel cells as energy-efficient, clean, and fuel-flexible alternatives that will ultimately replace the internal combustion engine in vehicles.

R&D projects include high-temperature membranes, water transport, non-precious metal catalysis, cost and durability of fuel cell components, optimization of fuel cell electrodes, non-Nafion-membrane electrode assemblies, freeze and cold operation, impurity effects on PEM fuel cell performance/durability, and technical assistance to fuel cell developers. Other projects include hydrogen production from liquid fuels, development of alkaline membranes and electrocatalysts, direct methanol fuel cells and sensors for fuel cell systems.  The team collaborates with universities, industry, and other national laboratories and hosts graduate students, post-docs and guest scientists.

Team Members:Rod Borup (Team Leader, Fuel Cells), Eric Brosha, Jerzy Chlistunoff, Hoon Chung, John Davey, Lior Elbaz, Fernando Garzon (Team Leader, Materials Chemistry), Christina Johnston, Yu Seung Kim, Roger Lujan, Rangachary Mukundan, Tommy Rockward, Christopher Romero, Jacob Spendelow (on detail to DOE/HQ), Thomas Springer, Ken Stroh, Dennis Torraco, Francisco Uribe, Gang Wu, Mahlon S. Wilson, and Piotr Zelenay (Team Leader, Electrochemistry).

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