Aaron Phoenix

     Aaron Phoenix  B.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng., FEC

    Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Acting Associate Dean, Academic

    Biography

    I have always enjoyed programming computers. While taking the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, I recognized the important role computers played in providing solutions to difficult engineering problems. Key to those solutions were accurate, reliable engineering models of physical systems and efficient computer algorithms to minimize computational effort while maximizing solution confidence. My initial research field was computational methods for petroleum and polymer phase and reaction equilibrium calculations. I still enjoy the challenges within this niche of thermodynamics. More recently, I developed an interest in creating computational models of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells with a goal of understanding the relationships between land-channel geometries, current distributions, water transport and power consumption. This interest was fostered by a sabbatical leave at the Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre in Kingston, Ontario, where a solid group of researchers are continuing to advance our understanding of PEM Fuel Cells, SOFC fuel cells and hydrogen storage techniques.

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications
    • Phoenix, A. and Devulapalli, V. (2010). Two-dimensional property distributions, ohmic losses and power consumption within a fuel cell polymer electrolyte membrane, I&EC Research, 49(14), 6612-6621.
    • Mushrif, S.H. and Phoenix, A. (2008). The Effect of Peng-Robinson Binary Interaction Parameters on the Predicted Multiphase Behavior of Selected Binary Systems, I&EC Research, 47, 6280-6288. (Accepted)
    • Atiyeh, H.K., Karan, K., Peppley, B., Phoenix, A., Halliop, E. and Pharoah, J. (2007). Experimental investigation of the role of a microporous layer on the water transport and performance of a PEM fuel cell, Journal of Power Sources, 170, 111-121.
    • Karan, K., Atiyeh, H., Phoenix, A., Halliop, E., Pharoah, J. and Peppley, B. (2006). An Experimental Investigation of Water Transport in PEMFCs: The Role of Microporous Layers, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 10(2), B34-B38.
    • Mushrif, S.H. and Phoenix, A. (2006). An Algorithm to Calculate K- and L-Points, I&EC Research, 45, 9161-9170.
    Non-refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Pharoah, J.G., Peppley, B.A., Atiyeh, H., Halliop, E., Karan, K. and Phoenix, A. (2006). Investigating the Role of a Microporous Layer on the Water Transport and Performance of a PEMFC, 210th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Cancun, Mexico, October 29 - November 3.
    • Peppley, B., Atiyeh, H., Halliop, E., Karan, K., Pharoah, J. and Phoenix, A. (2006). Influence of Microporous Layer on Water Balance in PEM Fuel Cells, 16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Lyon, France, June 13-16, (CD Rom).
    Conference Presentations / Poster Presentations
    • Evitts, R.W., Wang, H., Hill, G.A., Phoenix, A., Lin, Y. and Muench, T. (2009). Chemical Engineering Design Training at the University of Saskatchewan, Abstracts of 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Montreal, QC, August 23-27.
    • Peppley, B., Atiyeh, H., Karan, K., Pharoah, J., Halliop, E. and Phoenix, A. (2007). Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Microporous Layer on the Water Transport and Performance of a PEM Fuel Cell, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2007 Conference and Trade Show, Vancouver, B.C., CANADA, April 29 - May 2.
    • Atiyeh, H., Halliop, E., Karan, K., Peppley, B., Pharoah, J. and Phoenix, A. (2006). Influence of Microporous Layer on the Water Transport and Performance of a PEM Fuel Cell, Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA, July 23-28.
    • Devulapalli, V.R. and Phoenix, A. (2006). A 2D across-the-channel PEMFC Model: Power consumption in the membrane, FCRC-NRC First Annual Colloquium on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA, June 1-2.
    • Wang, H., Phoenix, A., Evitts, R. and Hill, G. (2005). Design Training for Chemical Engineering Undergraduates at the University of Saskatchewan, 55th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, ON, October 16-19, 2005.
    • Devulapalli, V.R. and Phoenix, A. (2005). Modeling Transport Phenomena in Two-Dimensional Swollen Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Fuel Cells, 55th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, ON, CANADA, October 16-19.

    Research Grants

    2011-2012

    Co-Principal Investigator, Torrefaction and Gasification of Biomass, SaskPower, Industry Contract.

    2007-2008

    Principal Investigator, Computing phase phenomena in petroleum and aqueous two-phase systems, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    Teaching Areas

    2011-2012

        CHE 223.3 - Chemical Thermodynamics
        GE 101.1 - Introduction to the Engineering Profession

    2010-2011

        CHE 223.3 - Chemical Thermodynamics
        GE 101.1 - Introduction to the Engineering Profession

    2009-2010

        CHE 223.3 - Chemical Thermodynamics
        CHE 322.3 - Mathematical Modeling 2
        CHE 470.0 - Industrial Site Visitations

    2008-2009

        CHE 364.3 - Petrochemical Eng
        CHE 477.3 - Appl of Numerical Methods
        CHE 877.3 - Mathematical Methods

    2007-2008

        CHE 223.3 - Chemical Thermodynamics
        CHE 364.3 - Petrochemical Eng
        GE 111.3 - Engineering Problem Solving

    Research Projects

    2011-2012

        2D Modeling of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Using COMSOL
        Biomass Torrefaction and Gasification for Production of Electricity and Liquid Fuels

    2010-2011

        2D Across the Channel Modeling of a Proton Exchange Membrane in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    2009-2010

        2D Across the Channel Modeling of a Proton Exchange Membrane in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell
        Electrochemical Measurements of Crevice Corrosion of 304 Stainless Steel

    2008-2009

        2D Across the Channel Modeling of a Proton Exchange Membrane in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell
        Electrochemical Measurements of Crevice Corrosion of 304 Stainless Steel

    2007-2008

        2D Across the Channel Modeling of a Proton Exchange Membrane in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell
        Determining Binary Interaction Parameters using K- and L-Points