UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Spring into STEM | How Fuel Cells Work | Virtual Lecture Series

23 May 2022, 10:00 am–11:00 am

Spring into Stem Fuel Cell image

Spring Into STEM | How Fuel Cells Work will be given by UCL Chemical Engineering Lecturer Rhodri Jervis and is one of five lectures presented by UCL Chemical Engineering, as part of the Spring into STEM webinars from UCL Engineering.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Mark Bernardes and Lizzie Howie


United Kingdom

Fuel cells represent a potentially efficient and clean way of generating electricity for a wide range of uses from a direct electrochemical reaction. The basic idea behind the fuel cell has been around since the 19th century.  Fuel cells powered the Apollo space programme in the 60s and there are even fuel cell cars and buses on our roads now. However, their commercial uptake has been somewhat hindered by issues of cost and engineering and recently has been competing with the drastically reduced prices of Li-ion batteries. This lecture will give an overview of how fuel cells work and the myriad of different material properties that need to come together for their effective operation. These span many length scales, from the nano to the macro-scale, as well as encompassing problems from the disciplines of chemistry, physics, electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering and even biology (for microbial fuel cells).

Our taster lectures will give you a chance to find out about the subjects we teach and research, you'll be able to meet our lecturers and researchers and you can put your questions to the team. We look forward to welcoming you.

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About the Speaker

Rhodri Jervis

Lecturer at University College London

Rhodri Jervis
Rhodri Jervis is a lecturer in chemical engineering in the Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) at UCL and completed his PhD in fuel cell catalysis at UCL in 2015. His research interests span many electrochemical technologies including fuel cells, flow batteries, lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.  Alongside Professor Paul Shearing, he delivers a lecture course covering electrochemical engineering covering all these aspects and more.  More about Rhodri Jervis

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