Joseph Blake (PhD candidate 2019-now)

Joe studied mathematics and physics at Warwick University. In co-supervision with Prof. Johan Padding he works on three-dimensional modelling of catalyst layers in gas diffusion electrodes for CO2 reduction. After developing a 1D analytical model he now works on 2D computational models of microfluidic cells.


Sohan Phadke (PhD candidate 2021-now)

After graduating cum laude from chemical engineering at TU Delft, Sohan joined within the RELEASE consortium. Co-supervised by Prof. Wiebren de Jong he is working on alkaline water electrolysis with a twist. Instead of maxking oxygen, Sohan will try to make the more valuable hydrogen peroxide at the anode.


Wouter van der Does (PhD candidate 2021-now)

Wouter studied biotechnology in Wageningen with an MSc thesis study into modelling biochemical reactors and an internship at TNO simulating electrochemical CO2-reduction. He presently works at developing a computational multiscale model for alkaline water electrolysers.


Nicolas Valle Marchante (postdoc 2021-now)

After a Mechanical Engineering MSc at UC Irvine, Nico returned to the university of Catalunya for a PhD in computational multiphase flow. After a postdoc at the university of Groningen he now works within the ECCM project “Better Electrodes for Water Electrolysis” on developing a multipscale multiphase multiphysics model.

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Araz Sheibani Aghdam (postdoc 2022-now)

Araz studied Materials Science at the university of Tehran and did a PhD at Sabanci university in Istanbul, with a short exchange at EPFL, Lausanne. He presently works on developing better electrodes for water electrolysis.

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Jelmer Postma (PhD 2022-now)

Jelmer studied Materials Science at the TU Delft and Mechanical Engineering at the Hogeschool Utrecht. He did internships and projects at Flamco, Rhosonics Analytics, Umincorp, and the TU Delft. He will work on membraneless water electrolysis in the ambitious consortium MacGhyver (Microfluidic wAstewater treatment and Creation of Green HYdrogen Via Electrochemical Reactions) lead by the skilled Paris-based start-up Eden Tech.


Nikhikesh Kodur Venkatesh (PhD 2023-now)

Nikhilesh did a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in India and the MSc Sustainable Energy engineering in Delft, with a thesis in wind energy CFD. He will work on multi-phase/physics/scale simulations of bubble distributions near water electrodes within the Vidi project ‘hydrogen bubbles quantified’.


Sofen Kumar Jena (postdoc 2023-now)

Sofen studied Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience with CFD and Ansys Fluent in particular, both in industry and academia. Presently, he works on turbulent multiphase simulations of large scale water electrolyses in collaboration with McPhy.

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Gilles Deiters (PhD 2023-now)

Gilles studied Mechanical Engineering at the TU Delft. Currently, he works on quantifying the bubbles created during water electrolysis and validates the models of the group using experiments. He works within the Vidi project “Quantifying hydrogen bubbles” supported by NWO, in collaboration with Veco, Magneto, ZEF, and Shell.


Anamika Ghosh (postdoc 2023-now)

Anamika completed her M.Tech-PhD dual degree at the Department of Physics, IIT Madras, India with a thesis centred on ‘magnetic nanocomposites for electrochemical biosensing and energy applications’. Currently, in her postdoctoral research, she will be investing in the impact of magnetic field and pulsed potential on the AEM electrolyzer in collaboration with HyET E-trol.

MSc Students

Kris Manna (2023) – Heat production in Alkaline Capillary-Fed Water Electrolysis

Mehmet Caner Pektas (2023) – Slug Flow Characterization in an Alkaline Water Electrolyzer for Hydrogen Production

Demetris Palochis (2023) – 1D multiphase flow modelling of a bubble-induced natural convection water electrolyser

Viraisha Bhoewar (2022) – Modelling the effects of adhered hydrogen bubbles on the overpotentials in water electrolysis

Mounir Roodenburg (2022) – Modelling dissolved gas concentration in alkaline water electrolysis

Ilco Krikke (2021) – Modeling the effect of dissolved gas on the bubble layer along a vertical gasevolving electrode

Tom Kleist (2021) – Characterisation of flow and bubble phenomena in a high pressure alkaline water electrolyser, co-supervised with Jan van Kranendonk, Zero Emission Fuels, ZEF

Bas Lottman (2020) – Transient thermal and electrochemical modeling of alkaline water electrolysers, co-supervised with Thijs de Groot (Nouryon and TU/e)

lias Daniil (2020-now)- Transient modeling and control of a table-top electrolyzer, co-supervised with Jan van Kranendonk, Zero Emission Fuels, ZEF

Max Doorn (2019-now) , 3D-electrodes for organic flow electrochemistry, co-supervised by Roman Latsuzbaia, TNO

Niels Goos (2020) –  Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO in a flow-through electrolyser

Xihé (Cipher) Li (2019), Modelling of buoyancy-driven circulating bubbly flow

Karthik Sriram (2019), Thermal and flow characterisation of a small scale alkaline electrolysis system for hydrogen production, co-supervised with Jan van Kranendonk, Zero Emission Fuels, ZEF

Valerio Matrone (2018) : Visualization and analysis of different regimes in the flow over a porous electrolytic cell, cum laude, with Hadi Rajaei, Jerry Westerweel, Giovanni Paolo Romano (University Sapienza Rome)

Xiucheng (Roy) Huang: COMSOL modeling of gas-diffusion electrodes for CO2 reduction, co-supervised by Johan Padding (internship from university of Twente, with Bastian Mei)

Nitish Gadgill (2018) : Modeling a Flow-Cell for Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formate, cum laude, co-supervised by Anca Anastasopol, TNO

Guus de Koning (2018): Modelling the influence of morphology on electrochemical reduction of CO2 on silver nanowire electrodes, co-supervised with David Vermaas.

Wouter Maks (BSc thesis): 1D Simulation of Hydrogen Electrolysis using Porous Electrodes, co-supervised with Mahinder Ramdin

Kaushik Prasad (2017), Modelling and study of critical losses in a hydrogen-bromine redox flow battery system, co-supervision with Wiebrand Kout (Elestor) and Ludger Blum (FH Aachen)

Former group members

Aviral Rajora (PhD candidate 2018-2023)

After completing the fluids and solids mechanics track at the Delft University of Technology, Aviral did a Ph.D. project in mathematical modeling of multiphase flows in electrochemical cells. After a thorough study of liquid and gas diffusion layers in electrolysers and fuel cells, he focused on modeling bubble plumes near the electrodes in water electrolysis. His work involved gaining physical insights from numerical models using COMSOL to make simplified analytical models.

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Abhiroop Bhadra (2020-2023)

Abhiroop graduated in Delft with a thesis on turbulent pulsatile pipe flows. He started his research wthin the EU H2020 Melody project on modeling  membraneless hydrogen-bromine redox flow batteries.

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Andrea Mangel Raventos (2017-2021)

Supervised by Ruud Kortlever and collaborating with Fokko Mulder, Andrea collaborated in the area of muti-physics modeling of the battolyser concept.

Hadi Rajaei (post-doctoral researcher 2018-2021)

After a PhD in rotating Rayleigh-Bénard convection at Eindhoven University of Technology, Hadi works as aworks as a postdoctoral researcher in the area of alkaline water electrolysis. Besides fundamental experimental studies into microporous separators, and more innovative electrode designs, he thoroughly studies the feasibility and potential of membrane-less designs.

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November 2023, clockwise from top left : Emile, Dirk, Anamika, Antonius, Gilles, Lotte, Nikhilesh, Jeroen, Jelmer, Willem, Wouter, Sohan, Araz, and Nico.
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