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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