Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Seminar: Performance limitations in Anion-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Date • Time

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:00




A chemistry department seminar given by Dr Rakel Lindström from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).

Dr Lindström is a Universitetslektor (associate professor) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Since 2013, she has been a docent in Chemical Engineering at KTH. She was awarded a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Göteborg University in 2003.

Dr Lindström's current main research focus at KTH is within the fields of fuel cells and batteries. Especially performance and durability issues of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) and Li-ion batteries for hybrid electrical vehicles are addressed. For the future development of fuel cells, the performance of novel cell components; catalysts and polymer electrolytes and their properties in the operating cell are investigated. Aging and the influence of contamination related to fuel quality is another activity. On Li-ion batteries the focus is on lifetime issues related to larger cells for vehicle applications. She also have some activity on Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) for wastewater treatment.

Her research over the years has covered a wide range of electrochemical systems from atmospheric corrosion of Zn and Mg-alloys (PhD studies), to thin film Li-intercalating vanadium oxides (post-doc at Paris-Tech), and electrocatalysis related to Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (post-doc at Ulm Universität). She is especially interested in in-situ studies combining electrochemical methods with other analytical or microscopic techniques such as masspectrometry, NMR, or AFM.