Jan Van Herle

EPFL Valais Wallis
EPFL SCI-STI-JVH
Rue de l'Industrie 17
Case postale 440
CH-1951 Sion

Unit: SGM-ENS

Unit: SMX-ENS

Unit: COSEC-STI

EPFL VPRHO DSPS COSEC-SB
I17 3 I1 (Industrie 17)
Rue de l'Industrie 17, CP 440
CH-1951 Sion

Administrative data

Fields of expertise

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, ongoing research:

  • - single cell characterisation & stacking
  • - impedance spectroscopy
  • - metal interconnect oxidation
  • - biogas operation and analysis
  • - effect of contaminants on catalysts
  • Coelectrolysis of steam and CO2

  • Publications

    Teaching & PhD

    Teaching

    • Mechanical Engineering,
    • Materials Science and Engineering

    PhD Programs

    • Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering
    • Doctoral Program in Energy
    • Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

    PhD Students

    Courses

    Electrochemistry for materials technology

    This course aims at familiarizing the student with state of the art applications of electrochemistry in materials science and technology as well as material requirements for electrochemical engineering. goto


    Engines and fuel cells

    The students describe and explain the thermodynamic and operating principles of internal combustion engines and all fuel cell types, identify the determining physical parameters for the operating regimes, the efficiencies and the polluting emissions, and ... goto


    Renewable energy (for ME)

    The students assess and compare all renewable energy resources, their real potentials, their limitations and their best applications (energy services). Solar thermal, solar electric, wood, bioliquids, biogas, hydropower incl. tidal and wave power, wind, g... goto


    Thermodynamics and energetics II

    This lecture aims at studying the mixtures of gases and condensible substances (complements), exergy analysis, combustion and the generalisation of the cycle theory (engine and compression heat pump cycles, improvements of basic Rankine and Brayton cycle... goto


    Research

    Output

    Journal publications 125
    Conference publications 115
    Funded project proposals 72
    Oral presentations 120 (8 keynotes, 45 invited talks)
    Citations 5300
    H-factor 42
    Funding raised 18.0 MCHF
    (43% outside Switzerland and 16% from Industry)
    Presently teaching 3 bachelor and 8 master credits
    (thermodynamics, renewable energy, fuel cells, engines, electrochemistry).
    PhD theses 16 completed, 4 ongoing
    Master theses 40
    Semester projects 70