Colin Oloman

Professor Emeritus



Research Summary

Electrochemical Engineering, Electrosynthesis, Electrochemical Power Generation


University of British Columbia, 1974, M.A.Sc.

University of Sydney, 1963, B.E.

Research interests + projects

Electrochemical engineering is a branch of chemical engineering concerned with the conception, design, construction and working of electrochemical systems such as electrosynthesis reactors, electrochemical power sources (batteries and fuel cells), metal winning, electroplating and electrochemical machining operations.

Colin Oloman’s research is concerned with the exploration, design and development of novel electrochemical reactors for electrosynthesis and power generation. The work typically involves experiments from the bench (mA) to small prototype (100 A) level, along with reactor modeling based on material, energy and voltage (charge) balances.

Oloman’s work is presently focused on the potential for coupling electrosynthesis with electrochemical power generation in carbon neutral “regenerative” fuel cell cycles. The aim here is to develop improved and/or simplified electrochemical reactors for application in new energy systems that reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Scholarly and professional activities + affiliations

BC Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGBC)

Chemical Institute of Canada

Electrochemical Society

Pacific North West Section of Electrochem Society

Selected publications + presentations

C.Oloman, “Materials and energy balances for engineers and environmentalists”, Imperial College Press, 2009. ISBN 1-84816-368-1. (Cover of Book)

A. Bauer, C. Oloman, E. Gyenge, “Three-dimensional anode engineering for the direct methanol fuel cell”, J.Power Sources. In press 2009.

C. Oloman, H.Li, “Electrochemical processing of carbon dioxide”, ChemSusChem 1(5), 385-391, 2008.

N. Gupta, C.Oloman, “Modeling a perforated bipole trickle-bed electrochemical reactor for generation of alkaline peroxide”, J.Appl. Electrochem. 38(2),131-149, 2008

C. Oloman, D.Lencar, A.Orlitzky, “Electrolytic generation of nitrogen using azole derivatives”, US Patent 7,429,315 A2, 30 Sept. 2008.

H. Li, C.Oloman, “Development of a continuous reactor for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide to formate. Part 2 – Scale-up”, J.Appl. Electrochem. 37(10), 1107-1117, 2007.

J. Zhang, C.Oloman, “Electrooxidation of carbonate in aqueous solution on a platinum rotating disk electrode”, J.Appl. Electrochem. 35(10), 945-953, 2005.

E. Gyenge, C.Oloman, “The surfactant promoted electroreduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide”, J.Electrochem. Soc. 152(3),D43-D53, 2005.