Dr. Jan Van Herle

Senior Scientist

Born in Antwerp, Belgium. In Switzerland since 1983.
1987 : Chemist from Basel University (CH).
1988 : Post-graduate IT diploma from Basel Engineering School.
1989 : Industry internship ABB Baden (CH).
1990-1993 : PhD Thesis EPFL, on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell cathode reaction mechanisms.
1994-1995 : Japanese Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tsukuba, Japan, on ceramic powders.
1995-2000 : Researcher at EPFL, Dpt. Chemistry : project responsible in PPM2 (materials), FP4-BriteEuram, NEDO (Japan), Swiss Gas Union (CH, oxygen membranes).
1998-2000 : Masters in Energy Technology, EPFL.
2000 : Cofounder of HTceramix SA (EPFL spin-off), now based in Yverdon (14 employees).
2000 : 1st Assistant and lecturer at LENI (STI-IGM) : fuel cell group responsible, projects on biogas (Federal Energy Office), woodgas (CCEM), fuel cell stacking (CTI, FP6, FNS), ceramic separation membranes (COST, FNS), microtubes (STI Seed), stability/lifetime/reliability in fuel cells (Electricité de France, swisselectric research). Currently 7 Ph D theses ongoing, 9 theses concluded, of which 5 colateral with SB and IMX. M.E.R. since Nov 2008.
Total funding raised so far >13 MCHF (50% as main applicant; 30% outside CH; 20% industry).
Scientific output : >110 peer-reviewed publications, >100 conference papers, 25 invited presentations (7 keynotes), >50 granted proposals.
Fluent in 5 languages (Dutch, French, German (+Swiss-german), English, Spanish).

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Research Area

Solid Oxide Fuel cell group responsible (10 members), projects on biogas (Federal Energy Office), woodgas (CCEM), bioethanol (COST), fuel cell stacking (CTI, FP6, FNS), ceramic separation membranes (COST, FNS), microtubes (STI Seed), stability/lifetime/reliability in fuel cells (Electricité de France, swisselectric research). 

Understanding and mitigation of performance and lifetime degrading phenomena in high temperature fuel cells. Conversion of biofuels in fuel cells. Use of impedance spectroscopy. Bringing fuel cells from the laboratory to the market, combining the disciplines of mechanical, chemical, materials science and electrical engineering in the field.

 

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Jan VAN HERLE
EPFL Valais Wallis
EPFL SCI-STI-JVH
Rue de l'Industrie 17
Case postale 440