Electrochemical Innovation Lab


Quentin Meyer



Originally from Paris, France, Quentin Meyer obtained his Masters in Electrochemical Engineering with honours, with a major in power sources, from Grenoble Institute of Technology (France) in 2011.

Initially, he worked on fuel cells at Intelligent Energy Ltd, Loughborough, during his Masters research project for 6 months. There, he characterized the different methods

used to increase the performance.

Since October 2011, he was awarded an Impact PhD in Advanced diagnosis of Fuel Cell Stacks in the Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory, funded by the EPSRC and Intelligent Energy.

Since April 2015, he has been working as a research associate in the same field, investigating ex-situ and in-situ imaging of fuel cell materials and operations


Proton Exchange membrane fuel cells offer the possibility of zero-emission electricity generation. However, large scale commercialisation is hindered by issues related to fuel cell stacks. Heat and water managements are rather challenging since a defect cell largely effects the overall stack behaviour.

Early on, Quentin grasped the importance of building a strong relationship with fuel cell industry leaders, performing his M.Sc project at Intelligent Energy, a global fuel cell company. Intelligent Energy has supported his work and provided state-of-the-art Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell stacks throughout the course of his PhD.

The main focus of the advanced diagnosis studies is to understand the intricate operations of fuel cell engineering systems through novel experiments, using impedance spectroscopy, temperature, voltage, current density, flow rate.

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy is one of the most important characterisation techniques for fuel cells as it separates ohmic losses, charge transfer and mass transport losses.

The core development work of Quentin Meyer's first year of research involved the development of a novel, low cost, LabVIEW based impedance spectroscopy software, which has been used through-out the Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory and compared with commercial software and achieved similar performance. 


Figure 1 . Evolution of the impedance of a fuel cell through-out a polarisation from open circuit to mass transport limitation (29 impedance plots from 0 to 1 A cm-2)

This enabled development of novel diagnostic techniques, based on impedance to understand the operations of PEFCs, such as highlighting the current of lowest resistance, a novel feature which proposes a trade-off between performance and efficiency. Also, impedance spectroscopy opened a new path for dead-ended investigations.

Hydro-Electro-Thermal Analysis

His research focuses on the interdependencies of the water, temperature, current, voltage, resistance and flow rate, and the development of hydro-electro-thermal profiles.

In conjunction with this, he combined current and temperature mapping in a single device in order to understand these in-situ interdependences. These global and local profiles offer a novel understanding of the voltage decay, highlighting that temperature plays a crucial role in the operations of proton exchange membrane fuel cells.


Figure 2. (a). Hydro-Electro-Thermal Performance map of the current density, voltage, flow rate and temperature. Water, Current and Temperature mapping.

Furthermore, his current research interests are within the area of in-situ diagnosis,
such as thermal imaging, neutron radiography, and X-ray tomography in order to understand and image water management and correlate it with the materials properties

Gas diffusion Layer characterisation

Gas diffusion layer PTFE content, microporous layer features, can directly affect the operations of the fuel cells. Therefore, extensive characterisation using a combination of X-ray computed tomography, SEM/EDS has been achieved.


Figure 3. (a). X-ray computed tomography (CT) coupled with SEM of GDL-A (a) and GDL-B (b). X-ray CT of GDL-A and GDL-B are captured with a pixel size of 1.46 × 1.46 μm. The inset images show SEM micrographs of the focused regions marked by black rectangles in the XCT 3D images, alongside X-ray CT scans showing similar features in the same slice orientation to the SEM data


  • Quentin Meyer, Sean Ashton, Sergio Torija, Chris Gurney, Pierre Boillat3,4, Magali Cochet, Erik Engebretsen, Donal P. Finegan, Paul Adcock, Paul R. Shearing, Dan J. L. Brett, Nitrogen Blanketing and Hydrogen Starvation in Dead-Ended-Anode Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Revealed by Hydro-Electro-Thermal Analysis, Electrochimica Acta, Submitted
  • Quentin Meyer, Ahmed Himeur, Sean Ashton, Oliver Curnick, Ralph Clague, Tobias Reisch, Paul Adcock, Paul R. Shearing, Daniel J.L. Brett, System-level electro-thermal optimisation of air-cooled open-cathode polymer electrolyte fuel cells: Air blower parasitic load and schemes for dynamic operation, international journal of hydrogen energy 40 ( 2 015) 16760 - 16766
  • Quentin Meyer, Sean Ashton, Rhodri Jervis, Donal P. Finegan, Pierre Boillat,
    Magali Cochet, Oliver Curnick, Tobias Reisch, Paul Adcock, Paul R. Shearing, Dan J.L. Brett,The Hydro-electro-thermal Performance of Air-cooled, Open-cathode Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Combined Localised Current Density, Temperature and Water Mapping, Electrochimica Acta 180 (2015) 307–315
  • Meyer Quentin, Ashton Sean, Curnick Oliver, Reisch Tobias, Adcock Paul, Ronaszegi Krisztian, Robinson James B., Brett Daniel J.L. (2013). Dead-Ended Anode Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Stack Operation Investigated using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Off-gas Analysis and Thermal Imaging. Journal of Power Sources, 254, 1–9. 
  • Meyer Quentin, Ronaszegi Krisztian, Pei-June Gan, Curnick Oliver, Ashton Sean, Reisch Tobias, Adcock Paul, Shearing Paul R., Brett Daniel J. L. Optimisation of Air Cooled, Open-Cathode Fuel Cells: Current of Lowest Resistance and Electro-thermal Performance Mapping, Journal of Power Sources 291 (2015) 261-269
  • Oluwamayowa A. Obeisun, Quentin Meyer, Erik Engebretsen, Donal P. Finegan, James B. Robinson, Gareth Hinds, Paul R. Shearing, Daniel J.L. Brett, Study of water accumulation dynamics in the channels of an open-cathode fuel cell through electro-thermal characterisation and droplet visualisation, international journal of hydrogen energy 40 (2015) 16786-16796
  • Q. Meyer, K. Ronaszegi, J.B. Robinson, M. Noorkami, O. Curnick, S. Ashton, A. Danelyan, T. Reisch, P. Adcock, R. Kraume, P. R. Shearing, D. J. L. Brett, Combined current and temperature mapping in an air-cooled, opencathode
    polymer electrolyte fuel cell under steady-state and dynamic
    , Journal of Power Sources 297 (2015) 315-322

Conference attended

  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett, London and South East Region Postgraduate Electrochemistry Meeting and ISE Satellite Student Region Symposium in Electrochemistry, 28th of May 2012, Department of Chemistry, University College London, Novel reconstructive impedance measurement in dead-ended anode operations, Poster
  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett, London and South East Region Postgraduate Electrochemistry Meeting and ISE Satellite Student Region Symposium in Electrochemistry, 4th of June 2013, Chemistry, University College London, Advanced Diagnosis on PEM Fuel Cells in Dead Ended Anode Operations with Thermal Imaging, Presentation and Poster.
  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett,Electrochem 2013, 1st-3rd September 2013, University of Southampton, Advanced Diagnosis on PEFC Fuel Cells in Dead Ended Anode Operations with off-gas analysis, Presentation and Poster.
  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett, 2nd Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Zing Conference, 12th -15th Jul 2013, Napa Valley, California, United States, Advanced Diagnoses on PEFC Fuel Cells in Dead Ended Anode Operation with Thermal Imaging and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Presentation and Poster.
  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett,225th Conference of the Electrochemical Society, 11th-15th of May, 2014, Orlando, Florida, United States « Electro-thermal Diagnosis of Air Cooled, Open Cathode Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Stacks with Thermal Imaging and Combined temperature and current mapping, Presentation.
  • Meyer, Ashton, Curnick, Reisch, Adcock, Brett, Electrochem 2014, 7th-9th of Sept, 2014, University of Loughborough, Advanced Diagnosis on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Presentation.


  • HFC Birmingham technical conference poster price award (2015)
  • David Newton Award in Recognition of Outstanding Research and Thesis in the area of Sustainability (2016)

Interests outside research

  • Action movies (Marvel, Lord of the Ring...)
  • Travelling, reading, discovering
  • Cycling, skiing
  • 9gag