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Jacob Wrubel

Researcher III-Chemistry


Jacob Wrubel joined the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL in October 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher. He works on modeling transport in electrochemical systems to determine how materials properties, operating conditions, and novel component geometries can be optimized to improve device performance. His current projects are centered around electrolysis, including high temperature solid oxide electrolysis, low temperature PEM electrolysis, and CO2 electrolysis.

Research Interests

Species transport

Electrochemically and chemically reacting flow

Mixed-potential modeling

Electrolyzers and fuel cells

CO2 electrolysis


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut

Featured Work

Modeling Water Electrolysis in Bipolar Membranes, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (2020)

Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Performance in the Presence of Carbon Dioxide: An Investigation into the Self-Purging Mechanism, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (2019)