Each collaborating institution has a number of people involved in the project. Dr. Frode Seland is the project leader. Information about him and other members can be found below.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway 

Dr. Frode Seland


Dr. Frode Seland, Associate Professor of DMSE at NTNU, is the project leader. He has 10 years of experience in research and education within the hydrogen and fuel cell area as a faculty member at NTNU. Seland has been electrochemistry group leader for 6 years and the leader of the educational board at the department for 2 years. His research interests ranges from electrocatalysis for fuel cell and water electrolysis to bipolar plate materials and aqueous metal electrowinning. Seland has obtained research council, university and industrial research grants over the last few years including the award of a full year research leave to University of Victoria in 2014/15. He has been the main supervisor for 16 master students and 1 PhD student. Teaching experience encompasses first year chemistry and laboratory as well as courses in electrochemical kinetics, energy technology (including water electrolysis and fuel cells) and electrochemistry laboratory at graduate level. and an education project in 2015.

Dr. Svein Sunde


Dr. Svein Sunde is a full professor at DMSE, NTNU and has had his core research focus on electrocatalysis and modelling of electrochemical systems for many years. Over the past six years he has supervised 15 MSc students and 16 PhD students. He received Doctorate Honoris Cause 2011 at the Lomonosow Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology (MITHT, Moscow) and has published more than 80 peer review articles on subjects spanning from electrochemistry of conducting polymers through modelling of porous and composite electrodes to electrocatalytic water oxidation. He received “lecturer of the year 2014” award by the NTNU Chemistry Student Association and has contributed significantly in developing the electrochemistry education at the department. Both Seland and Sunde have participated in EU projects in both fuel cells and water electrolysis, and arranged workshops and symposium at a high scientific level.

Dr. Odne S. Burheim


Dr. Odne Stokke Burheim is a full professor at Dep of Electr. Eng. & Renewable Energy, NTNU. He is a leader of research projects in fuel cells, flow batteries and thermoelectric/thermoelectrochemical regeneration of waste heat. Dr. Burheim is also project leader for ENERSENSE, a centrally supported research area at NTNU aimed at the nexus between energy storage, energy efficiency and sensors/instrumentation. Burheim has had research stays of extended duration in the U.K., Canada, and the Netherlands. Scopus metrics since 2010 are currently 30 documents cited 311 times together with 50+ researchers from 13 different countries.

University of Victoria, Canada

Dr. David A. Harrington

David Harrington

Dr. David A. Harrington is a full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UVIC, where his areas of research are in surface and microfluidic electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrode kinetics and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, EIS. He is a world leader in EIS, and codeveloper (with Erik Kjeang) of the first flow-through microfluidic laminar fuel cell. He has 66 refereed journal publications, and average of 32 citations per paper, and an h index of 25. Aside from the international collaboration with NTNU, he has had other international collaborations with for example Drnec and Magnussen using the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, and with Feliu in Alicante on single-crystal electrochemistry. Over the years, he has collaborated with or consulted for a number of industry partners, including Rockwell International, Ballard, Angstrom Power, Methanex, Eltech Systems, Occidental Chemicals, Hydrogenics, and Greenlight Power. Harrington has served as Chair of the Chemistry Department, member of UVIC senate, NSERC RTI (Equipment) committee, and on a variety of departmental and university level committees.

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dr. Steven Holdcroft

Steven Holdcroft

Dr. Steven Holdcroft, Prof. and Chair, Chemistry at SFU, has a 25 year-long research program in polymer science and electrochemistry that spans materials chemistry, macromolecular electronics, membranes, fuel cell science, and clean energy technology. He spearheads a leading group reporting on the synthesis of novel polymers that assemble to form networks of ionic nano-channels. He has published more than 210 peer-reviewed research papers. The work is well cited (>7500 citations) with an H-index is 50. He serves on the editorial advisory board Chemistry of Materials (ACS), Energy and Environmental Science (RSC), and Polymer Chemistry (RSC). He was awarded the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) (2010) and the 2015 RioTinto Alcan Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry for contributions to inorganic chemistry or electrochemical research. He developed and led major initiatives that fostered highly successful and lucrative research partnerships between NRC institutes, universities, and research institutes (academic and industrial) in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Spain, Taiwan and the US. He has been actively involved in the administration of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grants of Canada and currently sits on NSERC’s Committee on Grants and Scholarships (COGS), reporting directly to the Vice-President of NSERC.

Dr. Erik Kjeang

Erik Kjeang

Dr. Erik Kjeang, Associate Professor in Mechatronic Systems Engineering at SFU, brings a breadth of experience and expertise in fuel cell science and technology to the team. He is a highly-driven and innovative researcher who has exceptional leadership roles and an extensive range of scientific, engineering, and computational skills. He has received consistent acknowledgement from the academic community through his awards (e.g., 2007 Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for his ground-breaking PhD thesis on microfluidic cells, co-guided by Dr. Harrington at UVIC), research citations, roles in the academic community, and invitations to present at international and national conferences. His collaboration with Ballard Power Systems, a key industry partner, to improve the performance of air-cooled fuel cell systems was leveraged to obtain his first major consortium grant ($12M) as principal investigator co-funded by Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) and Ballard and co-led by Dr. Holdcroft.

SINTEF, Norway

Dr. Alejandro Oyarce Barnett

Alejandro Barnett

Dr. Alejandro Oyarce Barnett, recearch scientist in SINTEF (Department of New Energy Solutions (NES)), holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). He has over the last few years published 9 papers in highly rated Journals, with 57 overall citations. Dr. Oyarce's research activities involve development and testing of sustainable materials for a number of different electrochemical applications, e.g. fuel cells, electrolysers and supercapacitors. He has focused on developing techniques and methods for in-situ characterization of materials for low temperature fuel cells and electrolysers. Oyarce has broad experience in international collaboration through participation in EU projects and has gained significant experience in supervision of master and PhD students from joint efforts with NTNU and other university partners

Ni Electro Can

Ni Electro Can

Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz is the scientific director of the Ni Electro Can project, along with project associate leader Prof. Byron Gates, and project manager Dr. Titichai Navessin.