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April 25th, 2019: Ratandeep S. Kukreja – Materials Analysis of PEMFC Components for Automotive Application

 

Materials Analysis of PEMFC Components for Automotive Application
Ratan S. Kukreja, Ph.D.
Supervisor of Materials and Analysis Laboratory
Fuel Cell Business Department
General Motors

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
6:30 pm – Talk

University of Detroit Mercy
Chemistry Building, Room 114
4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

Abstract
Interest in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) has peaked in recent years. Almost all major OEMs in the transportation-industry are working on developing the technology to bring economical and environmentally friendly vehicles to the public. Characterization of the PEMFC components for automotive application demands the use of a wide range of destructive and non-destructive techniques to answer the ever-evolving research and development questions. Amongst others X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Raman Spectroscopy, Electron Micro Probe Analysis (EPMA), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) have found an increased utilization and are often used in conjunction for root cause and failure analysis. In this seminar we will discuss a few methods developed to extract the required information using these techniques and provide application examples.

Biographical Sketch
Dr. Kukreja earned his bacherlor’s degree in Metallurgy from University of Pune, Pune, Inida and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to his move to the US and his start at University of Cincinnati, Dr. Kukreja worked in Inida as a metallurgist for the Heavy Engineering Division of Larsen and Toubro, Ltd. for two years.  He joined General Motors in 2010 as a contract employee and became a direct hire in 2013.  Dr. Kukreja has been working in the Fuel Cell Department since his start at GM.  He was hired to perform TEM analysis but haspicked up other techniques over time, including EPMA, XRF, XPS, EELS, Raman, and XRD.

Location and Parking Information
A University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Map with building locations is available here.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend!