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.


The primary contributors to this research group.

Prof Keith Scott

  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells- catalysts, membrane electrolytes
  • Electrolysers
  • Hydrogen and energy storage
  • High temperature PEMFC
  • Alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cell
  • Direct methanol and Alcohol fuel cell
  • Biological and Microbial Fuel Cells and Electrolysis cells
  • Water treatment
  • Lithium – Air and metal-air batteries
  • Modelling and Optimisation
  • Functional materials for membranes and electrocatalysts
  • Mechanisms of transport and electron transfer
  • Cell and stack testing and characterisation

Prof Paul Christensen

Electrochemistry and catalysis of: fuel cells, CO2 reduction (electrochemical Fischer-Tropsch) and ozone generation.

Advanced oxidation processes for water treatment and surface sterilization including ozone and non- thermal plasmas.

In-situ Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscopy for the study of: non thermal plasmas (ozone generation, desulfurization and CO2 conversion to value-added chemicals) and the electrode/electrolyte interface, eg. fuel cell electrocatalysis.

The electrochemistry of lithium ion batteries including the application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to quality control, defect detection and lifetime prediction.

The application of non thermal plasmas to the application of CO2 as a chemical feedstock in the production of value-added chemicals.

Dr Eileen Yu

Energy and environmental issues, focusing on the emerging fields of:

  • bioelectrochemical systems (including Microbial Fuel cells and Microbial electrolysis cells for wastewater treatment and resource recovery)
  • carbon dioxide utilisation with electro- and bioelectrochemical catalysis of converting CO2 to valuable chemicals, such as liquid fuels, polymers
  • enzymatic fuel cells as power source for implantable medical devices and small electronics
  • alkaline membrane fuel cells for portable devices

Healthcare challenges in disease prevention, detection and monitoring by producing novel cutting edge Biosensors and Nanomaterials.

Dr Mohamed Mamlouk

Energy storage and conversion by electrochemical technologies including fuel cells, electrolysers, metal-air and redox flow batteries.

Membrane Science & Engineering with focus on (alkaline) Anion Exchange Membranes technology with non-noble metal catalyst.

Modelling and optimisation of electrochemical systems.

Industrial waste water treatment, recycle and recovery.

Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta

Integrated Bioelectrochemical Systems and Microbial Fuel cells.

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


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.