Rakel Wreland Lindström
My main research focus at KTH is within the fields of fuel cells and batteries. Especially performance and durability issues of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) and Li-ion batteries for hybrid electrical vehicles are addressed. For the future development of fuel cells, the performance of novel cell components; catalysts and polymer electrolytes and their properties in the operating cell are investigated. Aging and the influence of contamination related to fuel quality is another activity. On Li-ion batteries the focus is on lifetime issues related to larger cells for vehicle applications. I also have some activity on Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) for wastewater treatment.
Since 2013, I am docent in Chemical Engineering at KTH, but my PhD-degree from 2003 is in Inorganic Chemistry from Göteborg University. My research have over the years covered a wide range of electrochemical systems from atmospheric corrosion of Zn and Mg-alloys during my PhD, to thin film Li-intercalating vanadium oxides as post-doc at Paris-Tech, and electrocatalysis related to Direct Methanol Fuel Cell as post-doc at Ulm Universität. I am especially found of in-situ studies combining electrochemical methods with other analytical or microscopic techniques such as masspectrometry, NMR or AFM.