Lucía Morales


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Driven by the necessity to mitigate anthropogenic climate change, the goal of many scientists is set on developing sustainable technologies that can deliver cleaner energies, shifting completely the existent dependency on fossil fuels. Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) show to be a promising renewable energy to achieve this transition, and thus, my motivation to collaborate with the topic.

Due to the nature of PEMFC, its improvement and further market implementation greatly depends on the collaboration of vast interdisciplinary research of materials, FC fundamentals ending with applied science. Thus, my master thesis will focus on analyzing the performance of the ORR reaction when changing the Pt carbon support (non-porous and porous) of the catalyst layers (CL). By using a GDE setup, these CLs can be tested over the range of relevant FC potentials and current densities, hence, bridging the gap between fundamental and applied research of PEMFC.


06/2022 – 11/2022 Internship at Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen, Germany
02/2022 – 05/2022 Research assistant at Group Adsorption and Nanoporous Materials Characterization, FAU, Erlangen, Germany
08/2021 – 02/2022 Research Mini-project, Institute of Particle Technology (LFG): Self-Assembled Materials, FAU, Erlangen, Germany
10/2020 – Present Master Student, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
05/2019 – 04/2020 Research Assistant, Environmental Engineering Department, USFQ, Quito, Ecuador
01/2018 – 05/2018 Exchange-undergraduate Student, University of New Mexico, United States
08/2014 – 05/2019 B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador

02/2022 First Prize at Poster Session Competition of the Elite Master’s Advanced Materials and Processes, project: Simple Synthesis of Inverse Supraparticles.
10/020 – 10/2021 Equal Opportunity Fellowship from FAU Collaborative Research Center
08/2014 – 05/2019 USFQ-Senescyt Full Fellowship from USFQ