The Porous Materials Engineering and Analysis Lab at McGill University in Montreal Canada focuses on developing experimental tools and modeling techniques suitable for non-conventional, atypical and engineered porous materials. Examples include thin porous coatings, fibrous media, nanoporous molecular cages, hydrogels, nanofiber membranes, and biological tissue scaffolds. A main focus of the lab is on the porous electrodes found in many electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, redox flow cells and other battery technologies. Work in the lab is split between designing new characterization tools capable of meeting the challenges of these modern porous materials, developing software and modeling capability for simulation transport processes in these materials as a major contributor to OpenPNM, and making optimized novel materials using the knowledge gained from research in lab.
PMEAL is the lab Jeff Gostick, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He received his undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2000 and his Master’s degree from University of Waterloo in 2002. Prior to beginning his PhD, he worked as a Research Engineer at Teck Resources Inc. on the production of zinc powder and fiber for zinc-air flow batteries and medium-scale alkaline batteries. His PhD work focused on the hydrogen fuel cell. Upon completion of his PhD in 2009 he did 1 year of post-doctoral work at with the US Department of Energy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, performing ‘cat-scans’ on porous electrode materials. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University in 2010 where he runs the Porous Materials Engineering & Analysis Lab. His current research continues to include fuel cell electrodes in collaboration with industrial partners, but has expanded to include all manner of engineered porous materials ranging from electrospun nanofiber webs for flow battery electrodes and tissue scaffolds, to nanoporous zeolite materials for carbon capture. He is also a lead developer of the open source pore network modeling project OpenPNM (openpnm.org).