Dr Ahmad El-kharouf is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering. His main research interest is the development of components for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, especially for extending upper operating temperature limit from 80°C up to 120°C. He has been working on the development of coatings for metallic bipolar plates as part of an EU funded project (STAMPEM), studying the effect of metallic plates on the performance and lifetime of the PEFC Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs), including MEA contamination and degradation mechanisms. He received his PhD on developing the understanding of the effect of GDL properties on PEFC performance and is currently participating in the supervision of PhD students working in this area. Moreover, he has been involved in a number of projects for the integration of fuel cells in automotive and residential applications, and is leading many collaborative work with industrial partners on the topic. He has authored several highly cited journal papers. He is currently employed as a manager for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fuel Cells and their Fuels besides following his own research work.