Professor Emeritus
Electrochemical Engineering, Electrosynthesis, Electrochemical Power Generation
British Columbia, 1974, M.A.Sc.
Sydney, 1963, B.E.
Research Interests

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.

  • 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.
CHBE 241 Material and Energy Balances
CHML 242 Chemical Process Technology
CHML 245 Applied Thermodynamics
CHBE 262 Chemical Engineering Lab
CHBE 357 Interfacial Phenomena
CHML 362 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
CHBE 454 Process Design Project
CHML 457 Process Synthesis
CHML 464 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
CHBE 477 Fuel Cell and Electrochemical Engineering
CHBE 577 Electrochemical Science, Engineering and Technology
APSC 150 Engineering Case Studies
APSC 261 Technology and Society
Chemical Institute of Canada
Electrochemical Society
Pacific North West Section of Electrochem Society