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AFC Energy plc : Appoints Renowned Fuel Cell Scientist

AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), a leading developer of alkaline fuel cells, announces that Naveed Akhtar has been appointed Fuel Cell Scientist of the Company with effect from January 2012.  Naveed joins AFC Energy from the Chemical Engineering department of the Technical University, Eindhoven in The Netherlands where he worked for two years, most recently holding the position of Postdoctoral Fellow.

Naveed’s role at AFC Energy will help ensure that the Company continues to secure the optimal intellectual property position going forward.

Naveed has significant experience within the field of Hydrogen Energy. After completing his MSc (Renewable Energy, 2006) from University of Oldenburg, Germany, he was employed at the University of Bayreuth, Germany as a
Scientific Co-worker to work on Modelling projects. Naveed has also received an award membership from the US Electrochemical Society and an EU-Fellowship to attend a training course on “Hydrogen Safety” at Belfast, UK (2007).

In 2007, he received a “Dorothy Hodgkin Award” (funded by E.ON) as an outstanding international candidate to pursue his PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK in the area of Single Chamber SOFCs. The following year, he was
awarded a U21 International Research Scholarship to carry out his research activities at the University of Montreal, Canada.

After completing his PhD (Chem Eng, 2009), he moved to Holland to work on two-phase modelling of PEMFCs at the Technical University, Eindhoven in collaboration with the Energy Center Netherland (ECN). Near to the end of his postdoc at TU/e, Naveed decided to leave academia and move to industry, thus he joined AFC Energy, UK.

Naveed’s biography has recently been published in the 28th edition (2011) of “Who’s Who in the World” and in “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century” by the International Biographical Centre with a distinction of “Top 100 Scientist-2011

February 2, 2012 - 11:22 AM