David Wilkinson

Professor and Canada Research Chair

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Years with CHBE: Since 2004
email: dwilkinson(at)chbe(dot)ubc(dot)ca

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Ottawa, 1987
B.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1978

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

The overall scope of the program is the research and development of electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis, and processes to create clean and sustainable energy particularly related to electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. Dr. Wilkinson has research interests in the areas of electrode kinetics, electro-catalysis, electro-synthesis, electrochemical cell design and architecture, new materials and associated processes, new analytical and diagnostic techniques, sensor technology, fuel cell and battery systems, electrochemical treatment of impurities, alternative electrochemical fuels and reactant modification, hydrogen production and storage. Recently his research has expanded to include some aspects of solar research particularly those coupled with electrochemistry and the purification of water.

A key area of research continues to be fundamental and applied aspects of fuel cell technology. The fuel cell and sustainable electrochemical fuels such as hydrogen and methanol provide the promise of being one of the long-term solutions to the improvement of energy efficiency, energy sustainability and security, and reduction of green house gases and urban pollution. The research goal is focused on closing significant technology gaps, providing a basis for future generations of fuel cells, and simplifying the overall fuel cell system and energy pathways.

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • C. R. Cloutier and D.P. Wilkinson, Electrolytic Production of Hydrogen from Aqueous Acidic Methanol Solutions, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy – accepted for publication (2010)
  • M. Blanco and D.P. Wilkinson, Diffusion Layers in the book, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: Materials Properties and Performance, pp 191-303, Taylor and Francis Group, CRC Press – (2010) ISBN 978-1-4398-0664-7
  • Z. Xie, C. Song, D.P. Wilkinson and J. Zhang, pp 61- 105, Catalyst Layers and Fabrication in the book Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: Materials Properties and Performance, Taylor and Francis Group, CRC Press –(2010) ISBN 978-1-4398-0664-7
  • W. Du, L. Zhang, X.T. Bi, D. Wilkinson, J. Stumper and H. Wang, Two-Dimensional Simulations of Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in Mini Channels of a PEM Fuel Cell Flow Field, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Vol. 8: A15 (2010)
  • W.Z. Hung, W.H. Chung, D.S. Tsai, D.P. Wilkinson and Y.S. Huang, CO Tolerance and Catalytic Activity of Pt/Sn/SnO2 Nanowires Loaded on Carbon Paper, Electrochimica Acta 55, Issue 6, pp 2116-2122 (2010)
  • L.F. Zhang, H.T. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, J. Stumper and H.J. Wang, Gas Flow Rate Distributions in Parallel Mini-Channels for PEM Fuel Cells: Experimental and Theoretical Analysis, J. of Power Sources, 195, pp 3231-3239 (2010)
  • R. Anderson, L.F. Zhang, Y. Ding, M. Blanco, H.T. Bi and D.P. Wilkinson, A Critical Review of Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in PEM Fuel Cells, J. of Power Sources, doi:10.1016/j.jpowssour.2009.12.123 (2010)
  • C. Cloutier and D.P. Wilkinson, Triode Operation of a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolyser, Electrochemical Society Transactions, 25 (23) pp 47-57 (2010)
  • M. Blanco, D.P. Wilkinson, H. Wang and S. Liu, Engineered Gas Diffusion Layers for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Electrochemical Society Transactions, 25(1) pp1507-1518 (2009)
  • L.F. Fang, H.T. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, J. Stumper, and H.J. Wang, Pressure Drop of Two-Phase Flow in Minichannels Bounded with Permeable Walls, Paper No. 145 (6 pages), 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Montreal Canada, August 24-27, 2009.
  • A. Sleightholme, D.P. Wilkinson, D. Bizzotto, S. Ye, and E.L. Gyenge, Nafion Film Templated Platinum Electrodes for Oxygen Reduction, Electrocatalysis, accepted for publication (2010)
  • A. Bauer, D.P. Wilkinson, E.L. Gyenge, D. Bizzotto and S. Ye, Liquid Crystalline Phase Templated Platinum Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction, Journal of the Electrochemical Society,  156 (100 B1169-B1174 (2009)
  • W. Du, L.F. Zhang, H.T. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, J. Stumper and H.J. Wang, Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in Mini-Channels with Liquid Side Introduction, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., doi: 10.1021/ie901120n (2009)
  • R. Baker, D.P. Wilkinson and J.J. Zhang, Facile Synthesis, Spectroscopy and Electrochemical Activity of Two Substituted Iron Phthalocyanines as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts in a Fuel Cell Environment, Electrochimica Acta, Volume 54, Issue 11, pp 3098-3102 (April 2009)
  • M.Y. Shen, S.P. Chiao, D.S. Tsai, D.P. Wilkinson and J.C. Jiang, Preparation and Oxygen Reduction Activity of Stable RuSex /C Catalyst with Pyrite Structure, Electrochimica Acta 54, Issue 18, pp 4297-4304 (2009)
  • O. Herrera, W. Merida and D.P. Wilkinson, Sensing Electrodes for Failure Diagnostics in Fuel Cells, J. Power Sources, volume 190, Issue 1, pp 103-109 (2009)
  • L. Zhang, W. Du, H.T. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, J. Stumper and H.J. Wang, Gas-Liquid  Flow Distributions in Parallel Channels for Fuel Cells, J. Power Sources, 189(2), pp 1023-1031 (2009)
  • R.Baker, D.P. Wilkinson and J.J. Zhang, Electrochemical Society Transactions, 16(28) pp 43-61 (2008)
  • A. Ilicic, D.P. Wilkinson, K. Fatih and F. Girard, Direct Liquid Fuel Cells with High Fuel Concentration, Electrochemical Society Transactions 16(2) 1549 (2008)
  • A. Bauer, D.P. Wilkinson, E. Gyenge, D. Bizzotto and S.Ye, Surfactant Assisted Catalyst layer Deposition for PEM Fuel Cells, Electrochemical Society Transactions 16(2) 1787 (2008)
  • O. Herrera, W. Merida and D.P. Wilkinson, New Reference Electrode Approach for Fuel Cell Performance Evaluation, Electrochemical Society Transactions 16 (2) 1915 (2008)
  • A. Ilicic, D.P. Wilkinson, K.Fatih and F. Girard, High Fuel Concentration Direct Liquid Fuel Cell with Redox Couple Cathode, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Issue 12, pp B1322 - B1327 (2008)
  • L. Zhang, H.T. Bi, D.P. Wilkinson, J. Stumper and H.J. Wang, Gas-Liquid Two- Phase Flow Patterns in Parallel Channels for Fuel Cells, J. Power Sources, 183 pp 643-650 (2008)
  • R. Baker, D.P. Wilkinson and J. Zhang, Electrocatalytic Activity and Stability of Substituted Iron Phthalocyanines towards Oxygen Reduction evaluated at Different Temperatures, Electrochimica Acta, 53 pp 6906-6919 (2008)
  • A.Lam, D.P. Wilkinson and J. Zhang, Novel Approach to Membraneless Direct Fuel Cells using Advanced 3D Anodes, Electrochimica Acta, 53, Issue 23, pp 6890-6898 (2008)
  • K. Fatih, D.P. Wilkinson, F. Moraw and F. Girard, Advancements in the Direct Hydrogen Redox Fuel Cell, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 11(2), ppB1-B15 (2008)
  • D.P. Wilkinson, M. Blanco, H. Zhao and H. Wang, Dynamic Flow Field for Fuel Cells, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 10(9) ppB155-B160 (2007).
  • C.Song, L. Zhang, J. Zhang, D.P. Wilkinson and R. Baker, Temperature Dependence of Oxygen Reduction Catalyzed by Cobalt Fluoro-Phthalocyanine Adsorbed on a Graphite Electrode, Fuel Cells, No. 1, pp 9-15 (2007).
  • J.J. Martin, W.Qian, H. Wang, V. Neburchilov, J. Zhang, D.P. Wilkinson and Z. Chang, Design and Testing of a Passive Planar Three-Cell DMFC, J. Power Sources, 164, pp287-292 (January, 2007)
  • D.P. Wilkinson, Current Status and Next Generation Advances in Fuel Cell Research and Development, Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp 248-253, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland (2007).
  • F. Moraw, K. Fatih, D.P. Wilkinson and F. Girard, Evaluation of the Fe(III)/ Fe(II) Redox Fuel Cell Cathode Couple in a Bioelectrolytic Solution, Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 15-17, pp315-320, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland (2007).

RECENT EDITED BOOKS

  • Editors: Jeffrey Fergus, Rob Hui, Xianguo Li, David P. Wilkinson and Jiujun Zhang, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Materials Properties and Performance, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press (2009) ISBN 978-1-4200-8883-0
  •  Editors: David P. Wilkinson, Jiujun Zhang, Xianguo Li, Rob Hui and Jeffrey Fergus , Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: Materials Properties and Performance, Taylor and Francis Group, CRC Press (2010) ISBN 978-1-4398-0664-7

OTHER AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Director , Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC)
  • Senior Advisor, National Research Council (Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation)
  • Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), British Columbia
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, Electrochemical Society
  • Member, International Society of Electrochemistry

TEACHING

  • CHBE 483 /583, Energy Engineering
  • CHBE 477, Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Engineering
  • CHBE 577, Electrochemical Science, Engineering and Technology
  • CHBE 563, Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • CHBE 559J, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • CEEN 502, Alternative Energy Technologies

DAVID WILKINSON - A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Wilkinson graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1978, in Chemical Engineering and received his professional engineering status two years later. From 1977 to 1980 he competed for Canada as a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 1987, in Physical Chemistry / Electrochemistry where his graduate work was done with Dr. Brian Conway. Dr. Wilkinson was an NSERC and Ontario scholar and an Electrochemical Society Summer Fellow during his Ph.D. term.

In 2004 Dr. Wilkinson was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy and Fuel Cells in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Since 2004 Dr. Wilkinson has maintained a joint appointment with the University and the Canadian National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) where he is a senior advisor and carries out collaborative research with the Institute. In 2009 Dr. Wilkinson was appointed Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), an interdisciplinary Institute focused on integrated clean energy solutions. Prior to joining the university Dr. Wilkinson was the Manager,  Director, and then Vice President of Research at Ballard Power Systems where he was involved with the research that has helped to make Ballard one of the world leaders in the development and application of fuel cell technology. Upon joining Ballard in 1990 he developed a world class research group from scratch that achieved world leadership in a number of areas. Prior to joining Ballard, Dr. Wilkinson was a group leader at Moli Energy and part of the team that developed the world’s first commercial rechargeable lithium AA battery. He has made significant contributions in the areas of electrochemistry , electrochemical engineering , battery and fuel cell technology, and  has over 70 patents and 100 publications covering innovative developments in these fields. He has been a keynote or plenary speaker at many international conferences. Dr. Wilkinson is considered to be one of the leading all-time fuel cell inventors by issued US patents (Gowlings-Lee Report). He has received a number of awards for his innovative work including the R.A. McLachlan Memorial award, the highest professional engineering award in the Province of  British Columbia, and the  Electrochemical Society Battery Division Technology award for work related to rechargeable Li batteries and polymer electrolyte fuel cells. More recently, he was appointed a  Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is presently (or has been) a member of several university, government and journal advisory boards.  

Dr. Wilkinson’s main research interest is in electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis, and processes to create clean and sustainable energy. A key area of research is fuel cell technology with an emphasis on closing significant technology gaps, providing a basis for future generations of fuel cells, integrating fuel cell technology with clean energy approaches, and simplifying the overall fuel cell system and energy pathways. Some research areas include engineered materials, electrode kinetics, cell design, new energy systems, new catalysis approaches, and new analytical and sensor technology. With over 20 years of industrial experience Dr. Wilkinson still works closely with government and industrial research in the area of clean energy.

RELATED LINKS AND INFORMATION

Article in APEGBC Innovation Magazine

Gowlings-Lee Report

Patents

 

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