DGRC Seminar Series

When: March 15th, 12:00pm
Where: MB101

The DGRC Seminar Series commences on Thursday, March 15th at 12:00pm. NSERC CREATE Distributed Generation in Remote Communities Associate Director Aimy Bazylak will talk about her research in investigating transport in porous media for clean energy applications

Abstract

Aimy Bazylak’s group in the Microscale Energy Systems Transport Phenomena (MESTP) Laboratory focuses on the study and utilization of microfluidic and nanofluidic transport phenomena to achieve unique material designs, operation strategies, and water management techniques for clean energy technologies. In particular, Professor Bazylak investigates thermofluidic transport in the porous media of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and microfluidic fuel cells to achieve improved performance and design, as well as in geologic formations for carbon sequestration for long-term stability evaluation. She has developed a state-of-the-art facility to perform this research, with capabilities including computational, microfabrication and testing facilities. Dedicated workstations are employed for numerical modelling, such as pore network modelling, computational fluid dynamics, and Lattice Boltzmann modelling. Facilities for rapid prototyping are employed to fabricate microscale fuel cells and experimental platforms for PEMFCs. In addition, fuel cell test stations combined with optical microscopy and high speed digital photography are employed to simultaneously monitor the performance of fuel cells and to investigate the associated microscale and nanoscale transport phenomena. In this talk, Prof. Bazylak will provide a brief overview of the MESTP Lab’s activities in clean energy.