" Collaboration with talented researchers from academia and industry in the MiEl project is a unique and remarkable opportunity enabling our team to develop unprecedented PCB-based electrochemical flow cells as a platform for implementing novel electrosynthesis approaches. "
Mohammad Derakhshani
MiEl Doctoral Candidate

About my academic career

About my thesis - Integrated cell concepts of flow cells on thermoset-based printed circuit boards (PCBs)

My project aims to develop novel electrochemical flow cells with Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). While many research groups around the world are conducting research on various materials to develop novel flow cells, PCBs seem to be a promising option for the development of the new generation of robust flow cells thanks to their unique properties.

Although PCB technology has been specifically developed for the electronics industry, it offers compatibility with a large variety of chemicals enabling them to be a potential candidate for electrochemical flow cells. Since PCBs are highly compatible with different thin film deposition methods, various metals and carbon composites can be readily deposited on PCBs to fabricate electrochemical electrodes. Moreover, most of the flow cells reported in the literature have fixed dimensions and designs, and any modifications in their geometries are limited to new device designs from scratch, which should be still compatible with available fabrication technologies. In contrast, PCB technology is a highly developed technology benefiting from fast and easy modification capability, which can subsequently be easily fabricated.

There are several challenges on our way in developing our proposed cells with PCB technology. However, we strongly hope to address these challenges one by one to introduce an unprecedented approach for the fabrication of electrochemical flow cells with PCB technology that helps researchers worldwide to simply achieve their expected cells compatible with their specific applications.