The HERD Lab: Researching sustainable electrochemical energy and hydrogen-based systems for decarbonization

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The HERD lab is directed by Dr. Luca Mastropasqua in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our mission is to research and develop electrochemical energy and hydrogen-based systems to promote decarbonization and sustainable development. We work with partners in industry, academia, and government from around the world, and our projects range from large scale industrial systems to fundamental material science. The HERD lab is currently hiring Ph.D students.

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Research Areas

Hydrogen and e-fuels


Hydrogen and e-fuels

Electrochemical Energy Systems

Electrochemical Energy Systems

Fuel Cells


Fuel Cells

Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage

E-chem manufacturing

Electrochemical Manufacturing

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Featured Publications

Solar hydrogen production: Techno-economic analysis of a parabolic dish-supported high-temperature electrolysis system

L Mastropasqua, I Pecenati, A Giostri, S Campanari
Applied Energy 261, 114-392, 2020

Predicting the ultimate potential of natural gas SOFC power cycles with CO2 capture–Part A: Methodology and reference cases

S Campanari, L Mastropasqua, M Gazzani, P Chiesa, MC Romano
Journal of Power Sources 324, 598-614, 2016

Simulation-Informed Machine Learning Diagnostics of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack with Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

G.T. Le, L. Mastropasqua, J. Brouwer, S.B. Adler
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 169 (3), 034530, 2022


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  • Protonic_conductors_HERD_Mastropasqua

    Position in proton conducting ceramics for electrochemical hydrogen production and separation

    Supervisor: Dr. Luca Mastropasqua Contact: luca.mastropasqua@wisc.edu   Summary The HERD Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a funded graduate student position to investigate proton conducting ceramic electrochemical cells for water splitting (i.e., …

  • Hydrogen_truck_HERD

    Ph.D. position in renewable liquid hydrogen and hydrogen-carriers

    Supervisor: Dr. Luca Mastropasqua Contact: luca.mastropasqua@wisc.edu   Research Motivation Road and maritime freight are sources of local emissions (especially diesel-connected PM, NOx and SOx) and global climate-altering emissions (CO2, CH4). The health and economic impacts …

  • H2GS_Hydrogen_Green_Steel_UCI_Mastropasqua

    HERD involved in a U.S. DOE HySteel Project

    Steel production continues to be the most impactful industrial sector in our economy in terms of carbon emissions. The main difference compared to just a couple of years ago is that now, a plethora of …

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    Looking for a new research career?

    Would you like to work with us? We are hiring new Ph.D. students! Contact us! Send your curriculum vitae, your transcripts and a brief motivational letter to luca.mastropasqua@wisc.edu and we can organize a call to …

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