Shabana Shaikh brings 15+ years of professional experience with a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering -hydrogen fuel cell technology; with sound technical and business knowledge of the energy sector, she is technically skilled and impactful in R&D, Innovation to commercialization with thought leadership experience directing critical global projects for the green hydrogen, green e-mobility, h2 storage and transportation, fuel cell and electrolyzer in industries as well as establishing state, national and international collaboration strategy for the art testing facilities and strategic Centres of Excellence. She is continuously contributing to technical capability assessment for B2B collaboration, infrastructure and capex strategy, team buildings through training, and supporting cross-functional BU’s on hydrogen technology technical aspects. Supporting social responsibility dept and Business and strategy team at National and global platforms and also actively
Supporting for regulation bodies. Currently, she is providing technical support to SP2X Pvt Ltd, India, as a technical director. She recently worked as a Technical project leader with Cummins, Totalenergies, and several other organizations. She was a senior general manager in innovation & Product Development in her last job. She executed an Indian ministry-funded project on hydrogen fuel cell e-bus and hydrogen storage and transportation at the industrial level. She has sound experience in project execution and management. She has proven skills such as strong interpersonal and negotiation in terms of business growth, which allowed her to build long-term technology-driven relationships in the corporate sector for setting up close alignments between academic, research, and industries to develop strategic partnerships among stakeholders (both internal and external), motivating and mentoring high-performance teams, She has been able to consistently deliver successful outcomes for challenging research and development initiatives dynamically & independently. She has led several projects and innovative solutions to develop low-cost, high-energy-density fuel cell electrolyte materials. She has extensive knowledge of new and alternative energy storage technologies. She has commands on various experimental chemical synthesis and characterization analyses of different nanomaterials for fuel cells, solid oxide electrolyzers, proton conducting battery materials, and solar cell materials. Throughout her career, she has developed strong analytical skills and
business acumen, which helped me to solve complex problems and deliver changes and revenue growth in the last organization with full accountability. She has led majorly five major projects as a project leader and project investigator successfully for a hydrogen fuel cell e-bus, fuel cell electric 3- 3-wheeler, fuel cell e-tractor, electrolyzer test rig design and development, and h2 storage and transportation by managing a mid-size team.
Dr. Shabana is an ARAI -Expert panel member of the All India Standard Commission for formulating AIS standards for hydrogen-powered e-vehicles for INDIA Regulations with active participation. Recently, the Hydrogen fuel cell e-bus, designed and developed by Shabana and executed under her leadership, was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
She has several high-impact and highly cited research publications and patents in Nanoscience and materials chemistry. She is a member of several prestigious professional bodies and a peer reviewer for several international high-impact journals of the energy domain. She is very dynamic, innovative, and passionate about making clean energy futures for everyone to lead a happy life for society with a clean environment by decarbonization.
The gadolinium-doped ceria Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95 (10GDC) powder was synthesized using a microwave-synthesized glycine nitrate process (MS-GNP) and sintered at different, high temperature in a furnace for four h to investigate the effect of the sintering temperature and sintering environment on the structural, morphological, thermal and electrical properties. The crystallite and particle sizes observed from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) are 15–28 nm and 12–20 nm, respectively. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis was conducted to study the electrochemical properties during the cooling cycle from 400 °C to 800 °C. The highest value of ionic conductivity (3.55 × 10−1 S cm−1) is observed at an operating temperature of 800 °C and O2 gas partial pressure of 1 atm. Further, it is observed that the sintering temperature significantly affects the surface morphology and crystallite size, thereby improving the electrical performance of the samples. Though 20GDC was used as an electrolyte in the authors' previous study, the novelty of the present work is the synthesis of 10GDC using a microwave-assisted glycine nitrate process and the size (thickness) of the prepared electrolyte for use in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), which plays a major role in enhancing the structural, morphological and electrochemical properties concerning different sintering temperatures as compared to the reported data. Hence, the prepared 10GDC electrolyte may be treated as one of the promising candidates as an electrolyte for SOFC and SOEC for intermediate as well as high-temperature applications.