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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center

Our mission is to promote and support the growth of an electrochemistry industry by providing technological leadership with a vigorous program of research, development and demonstration. By serving as a locus for academic talent of the highest caliber and a non-profit site for the objective evaluation and improvement of industrial products, our goal is to become a primary leader for the understanding and advancement of fuel cell and electrolyzer technology.


We aim to help industry advance the technology and commercialization of electrocatalytic processes by training graduate students and performing research within the areas of:

  1. fuel cell design and performance;
  2. hydrogen production by electrolysis of low-value feedstocks;
  3. hydrogen storage materials, devices, and distribution systems;
  4. electrolysis process design and performance;
  5. new catalysts for hydrogen production; and
  6. power conditioning and motor design

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center is located in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Horizon I Building at the University of South Carolina. Our research center is focused on the integrated study of electrolyzers and fuel cells.  Electrolyzers have a wide range of applications and are of interest for combined hydrogen and high-value chemical production (e.g., SO2 and water to H2 and H2SO4). Fuel cells continue to show promise as a future power source for automobiles, residences and commercial products. We work closely with industry to develop and advance electrocatalytic processes that will serve companies all over the world.

Center Updates

236th Electrochemical Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Congratulations to Prof John Weidner who received the Carl Wagner Memorial Award.   

Korean national institutions partner with Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Center to develop alkaline water electrolyzer system 

Korean Institute of Energy Research (KIER) and Korean Institute of Machinery and Material (KIMM) partner with UofSC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center to develop digital twin technology for the optimal control strategy establishment of the alkaline water electrolyzer system. The major roles of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center is to improve cell design in electrolysis systems that can be integrated with renewable sources such as solar and wind power. The research consists of 3D detailed transport modeling of electrolysis cell and stack. These include the physic of gas bubbles formation particularly at the electrode surfaces, in the porous layers and the flow channel. 

Ford Motor Company continues to support Dr. Shimpalee

Universty Research Program at Ford Motor Company awarded another three years to develop a detailed model of the cathode catalyst layer to gain the mechanistic understanding of mass transport and effect of materials degradation. Through the model simplification process, outcomes will be used to develop material, design and system solutions to improve the cell performance and durability.

Partnership with Nuvera Fuel Cells Begins

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, based in Billerica, MA, has provided funding for a project focused on understanding how contaminants affect proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell performance. Information gathered from these experiments will be used to design longer-lasting and more durable fuel cell components.

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