Prof. Schechter Alex Ariel University

Prof. Alex Schechter has very rich experience in energy storage and conversion R&D projects conducted in Israel and USA. He finished his Ph.D. at BIU with Prof. Aurbach, investigating lithium and magnesium anodes for rechargeable batteries. As a postdoctoral fellow, he was part of a research group at CWRU (USA), which developed membranes and studied electrodes reactions for micro fuel cells. Following his academic research, he joined a private company called T/J technology in Michigan, where he led a multi million dollars industrial effort to develop micro-DMFC hybrid system for portable electronics, took part in R&D of novel electro catalysts for oxygen reduction, and won a US DOD contract to develop a novel intermediate temperatures polymer electrolyte for fuel cells.

A few years ago, he and a group of prominent scientists and private investors have founded an incubator company that develops advanced electrodes for direct methanol fuel cells, called FCV Ltd. Dr. Schechter has extensive experience in a broad range of areas related to this project, including fabrication and characterization of fuel cells catalysts, and fuel cells system testing and optimization.

Dr. Schechter serves as served until recently as the Chemical Sciences chair. He is the founder and head of the center for hybrid energy systems at Ariel University and the leader of his fuel cells and electrorochemistry group at AU. The prime research fields of his group are advance materials for fuel cells, in particular-nano catalysts for methanol oxidation and non-platinum oxygen reduction catalyst. He is currentlyinvolved in several successful applied research projects including R&D of membrane-less alcohol based fuel cell, and hydrogen generator from chemical hydrides. In addition his group is promoting an extensive research effort to investigate novel electro-catalysts nano-materials for acid type fuel cells. His lab has been awarded by ISF as a center of knowledge in renewable energy. Dr. Schechter is a member of the electrochemical society (ECS) and of IEA.