Dr. Alireza Karimaghaloo is a SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) Research Engineer in the Energy Systems group at the EERC, where he supports the design and construction of fuel cell/electrolyzer facilities, including modeling and prototyping fuel cell stack designs; testing, evaluating, and optimizing high-temperature (HT)/intermediate-temperature (IT) fuel cells/electrolyzers; and participating in the development of new concepts to advance the technology. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Merced; an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Technology; and a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Marine Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Prior to his position at the EERC, Alireza was a Research Assistant in the Fuel Cell Lab at the University of California, Merced. He has strong electrical, mechanical, and IT aptitude and troubleshooting.
His principal areas of interest and expertise include fuel cell design, modeling, development, fabrication, and testing; nanofabrication and synthesis of fuel cell materials; electrochemical characterization; and thin-film deposition (atomic layer deposition [ALD], plasma sputtering, spin coating, electrospraying). Alireza has coauthored several professional publications on electrochemistry and fabrication of SOFCs and ALD thin-film coating.
“I have worked with different start-up teams and companies prior to the EERC, and I am impressed by the support and hard work ethic of the EERC family,” he said. “I am enjoying my current research with fuel cell and electrolyzer modeling and testing, and I’m looking forward to a time when they are part of people’s everyday lives.” Alireza has worked at the EERC since January 2020. He has appreciated the opportunity to apply his knowledge of modeling and designing fuel cells/electrolyzers in the Energy Systems group.
Alireza lived in San Diego, California, with his wife for 7 years. They enjoy hiking and exploring nature. Alireza and his wife relocated to Grand Forks in December 2020.