Dr Ivan Tolj

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
System Integration Background

Ivan Tolj, PhD, dipl. ing.  was born on 5th of August 1982 in Split. After primary school he entered high school “Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin” (direction: mechanical technician) where he graduated in 2000. The same year he started his pre-Bologna (dipl. ing.) graduate studies at the  Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Split, direction: mechanical engineering. He graduated (dipl. ing.) in 2005 with a diploma thesis on the topic “LS pump regulation”.

During his studies he received several honors and awards. Department of thermodynamics, thermal engineering and heat engines awarded him „The best student prize“ for an outstanding examination result achieved in the course “Thermodynamics I” in the academic year 2002/2003. The same year he received an award from the company “Konstruktor inženjering” which is regularly awarded to best students of the University of Split. The company “CEMEX” awarded him in 2004 as one of the five best students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Another recognition for outstanding achievements during his studies he received in 2005 from the University of Split („Rector’s award“).

In 2006 he enrolled a doctoral school at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Split.

He started to work at the same Faculty in  2007 as a research/teaching assistant on a project financed by the Ministry of science, education and sports of Republic of Croatia entitled “Passive fuel cells to supply oxygen from the air by natural convection”. He has worked on both modelling and experimental aspects of fuel cells R&D. He also participates in teaching on “Thermodynamics I”, “Thermodynamics II”, “Thermodynamics”, “Heating and air conditioning”, “Measurements in engineering” and “Ship machinery and equipment.” As a NATO fellow, in 2007 he attended the summer school “Mini-Micro Fuel Cells-Fundamentals and Applications” in Cesme/Izmir Republic of Turkey.

In 2011 he succesfully defended a doctoral thesis “Temperature field selection in order to improve membrane fuel cell performance” and was awarded a dr.sc (Doctor of Science) from the University of Split.

In October 2012 he joined the HySA Systems, SAIAMC (South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry), University of the Western Cape as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to continue and expand his research.

He is a member of “Electrochemical society” and “Croatian professional association for hydrogen energy”. He is fluent in English.

Conferences & Events Attended:

I. Tolj, F. Barbir, Influence of reactant gases humidity on membrane fuel cell performance, 3. Day of Electrochemistry, Zagreb, April 27th, 2012. [in Croatian].

I. Tolj, E. Ozden, F. Barbir, Designing heat exchanger with variable surface area for passive cooling of  a PEM fuel cell, Fuel Cell Science & Technology 2012 A Grove Fuel Cell Event, Berlin, Germany, April 11-12, 2012.

 N. Ninić, B. Klarin, I. Tolj, Hybrid wind-power-distillation plant, ARCA 2011, Zagreb, October 13-15, 2011. p. 47.

 F. Barbir, I. Tolj, D. Bezmalinovic, Maintaining desired temperature and relative humidity throughout a fuel cell, ECS Transaction, PEM Fuel Cells 11, Voulme 41, Issue 1, 220th ECS Meeting, Boston, MA, USA, October 9-14, 2011. pp. 1879-1886.

 I. Tolj, M. Abdallah and F. Barbir, Thermal Behavior of an Air Cooled PEM Fuel Cell Stack, ECS Transactions, PEM Fuel Cells 8, Volume 16, Vol. 2, 214th ECS Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, October 12-18, 2008. pp. 535-542.

 F. Barbir, M. Abdallah, I. Tolj and D. Bezmalinovic, Analysis and Modeling of PEM Fuel Cell Stack Thermal Behavior in Variable Power Operation, (ASME Paper EFC2007-39101), Proc. 2nd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications Conference, Rome, Italy, 11.-14. Dec. 2007, pp. 131-132.

 F. Barbir and I. Tolj, The Role of Fuel Cells in Energy Independent Buildings, Abstract Proceedings, 2007 Fuel Cell Seminar and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, October 15-19, 2007. Page 283.


 D. Bezmalinović, F. Barbir, I. Tolj, Techno-economic analysis of PEM fuel cells role in photovoltaic-based systems for the remote base stations, International journal of hydrogen energy, 2012. [in press].

 N. Ninić, B. Klarin, I. Tolj, Hybrid wind-power-distillation plant, Thermal Science, 2012, 16(1), pp. 249-259.

 I. Tolj, D. Bezmalinović, F. Barbir, Maintaining desired level of relative humidity throughout a fuel cell with spatially variable heat removal rates, International journal of hydrogen energy, 2011, 36(20), pp. 13105-13113.


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