Our research

Hycel leverages Deakin’s renowned research capability in advanced materials and manufacturing, engineering, energy systems, IT, artificial intelligence, techno-economics and social sciences, complemented by world-leading infrastructure and equipment.

Our research is approached holistically, tackling technological challenges in mobility and materials and manufacturing alongside developing solutions for education, training and social licence. Research and project teams work together to meet the needs of industry and partners.

Explore our research

Towards zero emissions

Hycel is developing practical hydrogen technologies, products and pathways to support the transition to a zero emissions future and address the challenge of climate change. Deakin is committed to advancing sustainability through education, operations and research. Sustainability is a core university value.

Download Deakin Sustainability Commitments 2020-2030 (PDF, 7.7MB)

Work with us

If you're interested in using the Hycel Technology Hub for research or education, would like to explore collaboration opportunities or join our team, please get in touch.

Since Hycel’s establishment, the team has developed strong connections to industry, government, research and community. In this next phase of our evolution, our strategic plan targets enhancement of Hycel’s impact and growth as a regional hub of hydrogen expertise.

Professor Tiffany Walsh

Hycel Director

Our researchers

The Hycel team is located at Deakin’s Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne campuses. Our research network connects the strength of Deakin’s applied research capability to hydrogen. Meet the Hycel team and research network.

Professor Tiffany Walsh

Professor Tiffany Walsh is Hycel's Director and Professor of Bionanotechnology in the Institute for Frontier Materials. Her research interests and expertise focus on molecular modelling, chiefly of interfaces, using molecular dynamics simulations and first-principles calculations.

Associate Professor Michael Pereira

Associate Professor Michael Pereira is Hycel's Deputy Director and an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cell modelling, testing and manufacture.

Our facilities

Our facilities

The Hycel Technology Hub is an Australian-leading hydrogen facility dedicated to research, testing, prototyping, education and training. The facility features purpose-built incubation spaces for industry.

Funding acknowledgement

Deakin acknowledges the support from the Australian and Victorian governments, who each contributed $9 million to establish the Hycel Technology Hub, Hycel project team and research program.

Contact us

Stay in touch with us to hear about the latest alumni opportunities, research news and much more. Have a question? Get in touch with the team.

Email the Hycel team