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Cathy Padró

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Leorrie Atencio

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Francisco Uribe performs test on fuel cell membrane



Research Teams

MPA-11 is organized into research teams whose work is focused on addressing key technology barriers for our sponsors and partners. Additional information on our research teams and team members can be access by clicking on the links below.

Materials Chemistry: The Materials Chemistry Team performs characterization of fuel cell and sensor materials and devices. The team has extensive experience in both ceramic and polymer based materials that are used in fuel cells, sensors, permeation membranes and electrolysis.

Acoustics & Sensors Technology: The AST Team devises innovative techniques that incorporate a wide range of physical mechanisms. This team also develops novel techniques that use various forces (e.g., ultrasonic, electric, magnetic, etc.,) to control movement of fluid phases in mixtures, emulsions, etc.

Electronic Materials & Devices: The EMD Team works in the field of organic electronic materials, and has made essential contributions to the understanding of organic electronic materials and devices using a closely coupled theory-fabrication-measurement approach.

Fuel Cells: Our Fuel Cell Team focuses on the advancement of polymer electrolyte 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 (click here for our Fuel Cell History). Our portfolio of projects includes PEM fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, and diesel reforming for auxiliary power units.

Hydrogen - Safety, Codes & Standards: The potential benefits of a Hydrogen Economy are large and far-reaching, and the challenges are significant. Overcoming the technical, societal, and economic barriers requires a multinational effort to organize, evaluate and coordinate research, development and deployment programs that address the challenges of a global hydrogen economy. In this activity, we are developing safety sensors, evaluating the impacts of hydrogen impurities on the operation of fuel cells, and providing technical expertise for the development of international regulations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Our hydrogen and fuel cell research teams are part of the Laboratory's Institute for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research. By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines including material science, chemistry, theory, computing, and engineering, we are better able address the significant technical challenges that face our nation in the transition to a hydrogen economy.

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