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Direct Energy is delighted to be also collaborating with leading SOC academics from the University of Queensland.
Prof John Zhu
Senior Advisor

Chem Eng – John Zhu’s research interests and expertise exist in advanced catalysis, gas adsorption and separation, direct carbon fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells with strong application focus on clean energy and environment. His current projects include research into scale up of direct carbon fuel cells and next generation solid oxide fuel cells. Pr. Zhu’s group is equipped with state of art facilities for fuel cell research.

The SOFC development strongly aligns with the existing UQ research strength of Materials and Nanotechnology: Materials and Product design.
Dr Maciek Kubicki
Chief Scientist

Maciek holds 1st Class Honours B.Eng and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Mech Eng. He was Senior Mech Eng at Ceramic Fuel Cells in the key years between 2008-2012. Development and implementation of a materials testing laboratory to establish specialised material properties and to establish life cycle validation.

He was instrumental in providing technical solutions implemented to solve product integrity, performance and manufacturing Issues in the SOFC.
Dr Sathia Aruliah
Senior Ceramicist

Sathia was the Senior Ceramicist at Ceramic Fuel Cells from 1996 – 2015 and developed the present SOFC fuel cell to produce the highest power density and lowest degradation.

He also developed the anode supported fuel cell from inception –from solvent base to water base products and developed failure testing method for production, as well as the cathode and anode current collectors by printing and tape casting and spray coating.

Sathia also developed the high-volume manufacture of the anode and electrolyte supported fuel cell powder processing and is a specialist in the optimisation of glass seals.
Dr Raj Ratnaraj
Principal Engineer & Lab Manager

Whilst at Ceramic Fuel Cells 1997-2015 Raj rose from Senior Materials Engineer to Team Leader and then to Principal Engineer. He streamlined the project management and procurement approach to implement projects of the organization which in return improved the productivity of organization.

He designed, developed and tested fuel cells, stacks and BoP components successfully resulting in a commercially viable – Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd’s first ever successful product “Blue Gen”.