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Aimy Bazylak – 2024 Dorothy Killam Fellow

Longer lasting, cheaper, and higher performing materials for clean energy

University of Toronto

Aimy Bazylak is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy and professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Bazylak’s research will focus on development of new catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) to overcome cost and performance challenges of fuel cells, water electrolyzers, and CO2 electrolzyers, which have great potential to meet clean energy needs.

Despite the promise of these technologies, barriers remain to widespread commercial application. In this work, Bazylak will identify, control, and validate the key CCM design parameters that influence durability, cost, and electrochemical performance. This research will lead to cheaper, higher performing, and longer lasting fuel cells and electrolyzers for a clean energy future.

Her research is also of critical importance to advancing hydrogen fuel cells that could replace internal combustion engines and electrolyzers that can generate sustainable hydrogen and carbon neutral fuels to help reach net-zero by 2050.

Bazylak is the first researcher in North America to perform operando synchrotron X-ray imaging on fuel cells and electrolyzers. She has also developed internationally unique methods for imaging and investigating multiphase transport. Bazylak is well-positioned within the research community to carry out this work and is dedicated to advancing clean electrochemical energy conversion technologies to help build a sustainable future.

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