Background and activities

The flow field plate in a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell is a crucial part for the global performance leading to a big potential for optimization. The idea is to optimize the flow field plate and achieve an increase in efficiency of the fuel cell by applying the principle of uniform entropy production used in non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Literature shows that this can be achieved by using bio-inspired flow fields based on for instance human lungs or leaves. These bio-inspired flow patterns will be modelled and simulations will be conducted to find the most efficient flow field plates. The most promising designs will then be manufactured and tested against industrial used reference designs. This will be done in a newly built fuel cell test station to see if any improvements in the characteristic amperage-voltage curves can be found.


2017-2021: PhD in Chemistry (NTNU Trondheim)

2015-2016: Master of Science in Drilling Engineering (Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria)

2010-2015: Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria)


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Gunnarshaug, Astrid Fagertun; Spitthoff, Lena; Rauter, Michael Tobias; Sauermoser, Marco; Bedeaux, Dick; Vie, Preben Joakim Svela; Burheim, Odne Stokke; Kjelstrup, Signe. (2020) Non-isothermal Battery Modelling. InterPore 2020 ; 2020-08-31 - 2020-09-04.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Kjelstrup, Signe; Pollet, Bruno; Kizilova, Nataliya. (2020) PEM fuel cell performance studies of a tree-like pattern milled on graphite flow field plates. InterPore2020 . InterPore; 2020-08-31 - 2020-09-04.
  • Bedeaux, Dick; Hansen, Alex; Olivier, Marie-Laure; Galteland, Olav; Sauermoser, Marco. (2019) Organisers International Workshop. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamis for Porous Media, PoreLab, NTNU . PoreLab, NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-10-29 - 2019-10-30.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Giulio, Fossati; Natalya, Kizilova; Kjelstrup, Signe. (2019) Modelling Electrochemical Cells with Porous Electrodes. 236th ECS Meeting . The Electrochemical Society; Atlanta. 2019-10-12 - 2019-10-17.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Kizilova, Natalya; Flekkøy, Eirik Grude; Pollet, Bruno; Kjelstrup, Signe. (2019) Seeking minimum entropy production for flow-field patterns and their geometries in fuel cells. Interpore 2019 ; Valencia, Spain. 2019-05-06 - 2019-05-10.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Kizilova, Natalya; Kjelstrup, Signe; Pollet, Bruno. (2019) Flow Field Patterns for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells. NTNU Team Hydrogen Annual Workshop . NTNU Team Hydrogen; 2019-12-02 - 2019-12-03.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Kjelstrup, Signe; Kizilova, Nataliya; Pollet, Bruno; Flekkøy, Eirik Grude. (2019) Seeking minimum entropy production for a tree-like flow-field in a fuel cell. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamis for Porous Media, PoreLab, NTNU . PoreLab, NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-08-29 - 2019-08-30.
  • Sauermoser, Marco; Magnanelli, Elisa; Kjelstrup, Signe. (2018) A Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamic Approach for the Re-Design of Membrane Systems. Twentienth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties ; 2018-06-25 - 2018-06-29.