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Assistant Professor
Solar Technologies Research

(321) 638- 1478
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B.S., Chemical Engineering
Brigham Young University, 2004

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
University of Connecticut, 2009

Dr. Paul Brooker received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University Provo, Utah in 2004. In 2009, he completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, under the direction of Dr. Richard Parnas. His graduate and post-doctoral studies investigated the performance of fuel cells, as a function of electrode structure and membrane/electrode interfaces. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

In addition to fuel cell membrane and electrode characterization, Dr. Brooker has extensive experience in identifying fuel cell failure mechanisms, through both in-situ and ex-situ characterization methods. His fuel cell expertise has expanded into flow battery research, where he is developing electrodes for enhanced performance of all-vanadium flow batteries. He has also developed a method to selectively reduce the negative electrolyte solution to ensure proper charge balance between the positive and negative solutions. Additionally, Dr. Brooker provides support for the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), where he has assisted in identifying failure modes and wear mechanisms for diamond wires used in silicon wafer slicing.

Recent Publications:

2015 R.P. Brooker and N. Qin, “Identification of Potential Locations of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment”, Journal of Power Sources 229 76
2015 R.P. Brooker, C.J. Bell, L.J. Bonville, H.R. Kunz and J.M. Fenton, “Determining Vanadium Concentrations Using the UV-Vis Response Method”, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 162 (4) (2015) A608
2014 K.O. Davis, R.P. Brooker, H.P. Seigneur, M.P. Rodgers, A.C. Rudack, W.V. Schoenfeld, “Pareto analysis of critical challenges for emerging manufacturing technologies in silicon photovoltaics”, Solar Energy 107 681.
2013 K. Si, R. Wycisk, D. Dong, K. Cooper, M. Rodgers, P. Brooker, D. Slattery and M. Litt, “Rigid Rod Poly (phenylene sulfonic acid) Polymer Electrolyte Membranes with Crosslinkable Biphenyl Groups for Fuel Cell Applications”, Macromolecules 46 (1) 422
2013 R.P. Brooker, D.K. Slattery, L.J. Bonville, “Decreasing membrane degradation through heteropolyacid sublayers”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 106 (1) F75
2013 B.P. Pearman, N. Mohajeri, R.P. Brooker, M.P. Rodgers, D.K. Slattery, M.D. Hampton, D.A. Cullen, and S. Seal, “The degradation mitigation effect of cerium oxide in polymer electrolyte membranes in extended fuel cell durability tests”, J. Power Sources 225 75
2012 M.P. Rodgers, R.P. Brooker, N. Mohajeri, L.J. Bonville, H.R. Kunz, D.K. Slattery, J.M. Fenton, “Comparison of proton exchange membranes degradation rates between accelerated and performance tests”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 159 (7), F338
2012 R.P. Brooker, M.P. Rodgers, L.J. Bonville, H.R. Kunz, D.K. Slattery and J.M. Fenton, “Influence of trace oxygen in low-crossover proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, J. Power Sources 218, 181
2010 R.P. Brooker, M. Rodgers, L. Bonville, R. Kunz, D. Slattery, and J.M. Fenton, “Effect of Spray Parameters on Electrode Surface and Performance”, ECS Transactions; Proceedings of the 217th Conference, Vancouver, Canada, April 25-30 2010
2010 S.L.N.H. Rhoden, C.A. Linkous, N. Mohajeri, D.J. Diaz, P. Brooker, D.K. Slattery, and J.M. Fenton, “Composite Polymer Electrolyte Membranes Based on Stabilized Phosphotungstic Acid and Sulfonated Poly(etheretherketone) for Fuel Cell Applications”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 157, B1095
2009 R.P. Brooker, P. Baker, H.R. Kunz, L.J. Bonville, and R. Parnas, “Effects of Silicotungstic Acid Addition to the Electrodes of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 156, B1317
2008 P. Baker, R.P. Brooker, H.R. Kunz, L.J. Bonville, and R. Parnas, “Enhanced PEMFC Cathode Kinetics at 120°C and Low Relative Humidity Using Heteropolyacid Additives”, ECS Transactions; Proceedings of the 214th Conference, Honolulu, HA, Oct. 12-17, 2008
2008 R. Zaffou, R.P. Brooker, H.R. Kunz, L.J. Bonville and R. Parnas, “Novel Porous Bipolar Plates for use with Acid-Doped PBI Fuel Cells at Elevated Temperatures”, ECS Transactions; Proceedings of the 214th Conference, Honolulu, HA, Oct 12-17, 2008



“Increased Activity of Catalyst Using Inorganic Acids”, H. Russell Kunz, Leonard J. Bonville, Richard S. Parnas, R. Paul Brooker, Beth Cheney, Phillip Baker. US Patent Application 20090312175
“Chemochromic Membranes for Membrane Defect Detection”, R. Paul Brooker and Nahid Mohajeri. US Patent Application 20130052745
“Electroactive species in layer between electrode and membrane for fuel cells”, R. Paul Brooker and Leonard J. Bonville. US Patent Application 20130089805
“Polymer membranes with rare earth or transition metal modifier”, Benjamin P. Pearman, Nahid Mohajeri, Marianne P. Rodgers, R. Paul Brooker, Darlene Slattery. UCF application #32504, submitted Aug 15, 2012