Background and activities

Hi, my name is Katie and I am currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, supervised by Frode Seland

In 2016 I recieved a 1st class masters degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews. For one year, 2014-15, I worked for SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, developing coatings for bipolar plates (BPPs) in PEM Fuel Cells as part of the STAMPEM project. Here we used electrodeposition to produce a thin coating on a stainless steel BPP in order to increase the longevity of the plates whilst maintaining a low contact resistance.

My PhD continues with this work and will expand upon it, testing a number of different metals and alloys in order to determine their suitability in a PEM environment and understand the underlying processes occuring.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • McCay, Katie. (2017) A New Generation of Bipolar Plates for PEMFCs. H2FC Supergen 2017 ; St Andrews. 2017-12-11 - 2017-12-13.
  • McCay, Katie; Seland, Frode; Kongstein, Ole Edvard; Ødegård, Anders. (2017) Tin Electroplating for BPPs in PEMFCs. 9th KIFEE Symposium ; Kyoto. 2017-03-07 - 2017-03-10.