Our next Breakfast Club speaker is Prof. Bruno Pollet
Topic: ‘Renewable Energy in South Africa – Towards a Green Economy’
Pollet recently joined the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa as Professor of Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies. Pollet is a dynamic, enthusiastic and visionary individual with extensive expertise in the research fields of PEMFC, Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis and Electrochemical Engineering.
He was formerly Associate Director of the Birmingham Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, and Operations and Delivery Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications in the UK.
He was responsible for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration Programme (HFCCAT) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle project and PEMFC, MEA and Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis activities at the University of Birmingham.
He successfully implemented a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain (EPSRC project) within Western Central England with over 60 SMEs involved in the development and manufacturing of hydrogen and fuel cell components. He has worked for Samuel Banner Ltd (Banner Chemicals Group) and Albion Chemicals Ltd (now Brenntag (UK) Ltd) in Sales and Marketing, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (Johnson Matthey Plc) as Test Facility Scientist, Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) Design Scientist and Programme Leader, SmartWater Europe Ltd as Research Manager and Coventry University as Head of Sonoelectrochemistry, Project Development Manager and Lecturer in Environmental & Physical Sciences.
After turning down PDRF job offers at the Oxford Compton Electrochemistry and the Bard Electrochemistry Groups, Pollet joined the University of Liverpool Electrochemistry Group headed by Professor David J. Schiffrin where he worked as an EPSRC and EU Research Fellow in the field of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis. He was awarded a Diploma in Chemistry and Material Sciences from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France), a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry from Coventry University and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Aberdeen. He also gained his PhD in Physical Chemistry in the field of Electrochemistry and Sonochemistry (Sonoelectrochemistry) under the supervision of Professors J. Phil Lorimer & T.J. Mason at Coventry University.
Pollet has published many scientific publications, articles and book chapters (inc. one book) in the field of Fuel Cells, Electrocatalysis and Electrochemical Engineering.
Pollet is also member of: the ECS, ISE, RSC, IChemE, SCI and member of editorial board journals (the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy/Electrocatalysis/
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