School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Electrochemical Engineering Science

Electrochemical Engineering Science

We carry out novel research into fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen generation, electrolysers, biosensors and bioelectronics and carbon dioxide utilisation.

We target challenges in sustainable environment and energy, and in healthcare. We implement multidisciplinary research activities to explore applications of electrochemistry in energy storage, power generation, electrolysis, green energy, sensors and environmental protection and treatment applications.

We also explore novel techniques in the synthesis of new catalyst, nanomaterials and membrane materials and optimising electrode structures.

More recently, we've been using electrochemical analysis to understand cellular and microbial catalysis and processes and to develop also medical and health care applications.

Staff

The Electrochemical Engineering Science group consists of 5 members of staff:

  • Prof Paul Christensen - Electrocatalysis, Electrochemical Ozone Generation and non thermal plasma catalysis. 
  • Dr Mohamed Mamlouk - Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion: fuell cells, batteries and electrolysers, electro-catalysis, ion exchange membrane science and engineering
  • Prof Keith Scott - Fuel cells (FC), electrocatalyst science and engineering (ECE), hydrogen electrolysers (HE), microbial fuel cells (MFC), membrane science and systems (MSS), electrochemical environmental engineering (EEE) and electrosynthesis.
  • Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta - Bioelectrocatalysis, electrochemical wastewater/water remediation and monitoring. 
  • Dr Eileen Yu - Bioelectrochemical systems, biosensors, CO2 utilisation, fuel cells and biological fuel cells and nanomaterials.

Research facilities

Our group’s laboratories offer facilities to carry out lab scale and pilot scale:

  • electrolyser and fuel cell tests
  • non-aqueous electrochemical analysis
  • battery testing
  • electroanalysis
  • bio-interphase
  • performing electrochemistry in controlled environment (glove box) and fabrication of electrodes
  • membrane electrode assemblies
  • small cell stacks

Achievements

We have graduated 23 PhD students from our research group during this REF period (2008-2013).

Group members have published over 154 articles in peer reviewed journals, and have been invited to give talks at prestigious conferences such as the Gordon Research Symposium (2012).

Visiting scientists and Research Fellows from all over the world have worked and contributed to our research. Recently we have hosted senior scientists Dr. Lei Li and Xi-Bai Wu, (China), Dr Priyanshu Sharma (India), Dr Sylvia Martinez (Mexico), Dr Pilar Ocon Esteban (Spain) and Dr Carmen Maria Marchante (Spain). We've also had over 15 junior scientists from France, Spain, Italy, India, Poland and Singapore.

They have been honoured by appointments to visiting Professorships at Taiyuan University, China (2012).

We contribute towards Leadership in Electrochemical Engineering Futures in UK and Europe by serving on European Energy Research Agency , on Joint Programme on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies, The European Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering and Society of Chemical Industry- Electrochemical Technology Group. EPSRC Energy storage and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Supergen consortia.