Thermofluids for energy and advanced materials (TEAM) Lab, University of toronto
- Investigated water transport in novel and commercial gas diffusion layers (GDLs) of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
- Disseminated research contributions via 17 journal publications (3 first-authored and 14 co-authored) and 2 manuscripts in submission at leading journals, 4 international conference papers/ presentations, 3 posters, 2 invited lectures, and 1 dissertation
- Collaborated with 7 international research institutions and 2 leading automakers
- Set-up and led material fabrication laboratory to design, fabricate, and characterize novel carbon-based porous materials to improve water management, resulting in performance improvements of up to 14% (4 journal publications)
- Led experiments to visualize liquid water using X-ray synchrotron and neutron imaging; Designed, assembled, and tested fuel cell with in-operando 2-D radiography and 3-D tomography; processed and analyzed images
- Successfully coordinated a team of 12 researchers to conduct 10 experimental projects over 11 days in a 24-hour working schedule, ensuring a safe and energetic working environment through clear communication
- Conducted and analyzed electrochemical characterization including polarization curve, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry
- Initiated and led collaboration with Prof. Charles Ward to investigate origins of contact angle hysteresis
- Mentored 6 masters (MASc) and 4 undergraduate researchers, including international visiting student from Polytech Nantes (France) and 3 projects involving machine learning
- Visiting researcher at Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Aug. – Sept. 2018): fabricated custom catalyst layers for fuel cells; established fabrication protocol and promoted international collaboration
- TEAM Lab: bazylak.mie.utoronto.ca
Victoria Hand Project
Mechanical Design/ Honors Research Student
- Literature review on existing hand prosthesis and 3-D printing technology
- Design, prototype and test 3-D printed components of hand (incl. stable wrist Victoria, BC ￼mechanism allowing provision for flexion/ extension and rotation)
- Build test components to evaluate strength, failure and life of components. Research/ design methods to obtain higher strength/ life of components and assembly.
Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic), UVic
Recipient of the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (JCURA) from Sept 2012 to Apr 2013.
- Recommended a feasible material (based on intensive research) to be used as a Phase Change Material (PCM) for facilitating low-temperature solar energy storage.
- Designed and built an experimental set-up (based on heat transfer calculations) to measure the thermal properties of the proposed PCM, with minimum heat losses.
- Managed all the components of the project (literature research, thermal calculations, CAD design, measurement instrumentation, material ordering, and design implementation) under minimal supervision.
Due to the research opportunity, I also got highlighted in the International Viewbook of the University for 2014.