Electrochemical Engineering Science

Electrochemical Engineering Science (EES) arose out of the pioneering research at Newcastle in the 1960s. Our group is continuing fuel cell research on new catalyst and membrane materials, optimising electrode structures and developing meaningful fuel cell test procedures. We are investigating electrochemical methods for surface structuring, probing and testing at the micron and nanoscale. More recently, the group have been using electrochemical analysis to understand cellular and microbial catalysis and processes. Applications of our research are in energy production and storage, micro and nanoscale device fabrication, medical and health care applications and corrosion protection. 

Flow Cell Experiment

The Primary contributors to this research group are :

Prof Keith Scott - Fuel Cells, Batteries, Electrocatalysis.

Dr Eileen Yu - Fuel cells, health care, bio-electrocatalysis.

Dr Sharon Velaszques-Orta - Microbial Fuel cells.

Prof Paul Christensen - Fuel cell catalysis, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical water treatment, electrochemical ozone generation, fundamental and applied studies of non thermal plasmas, in-situ electrochemical FTIR spectroscopic studies of the electrode/electrolyte interface, high temperature studies of the solid/gas interface.



Grant income:

  • SUPERGENs for Biological Fuel Cells, Energy Storage and SUSHGEN Marie Curie Network
  • KTA for Medical and Healthcare technologies
  • MESMOPROC EACI Prof Roy’s research spin-out

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

The four 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 over 15 junior scientists from France, Spain, Italy, India and Singapore.

The group won the runner-up prize in The Blue Print Business Plan Competition (2010). They have been honoured by appointments to visiting Professorships at Waseda University (2008). 

We contribute towards Leadership in Electrochemical Engineering Futures in UK and Europe by serving on European Energy Research Agency (EERA), on Joint Programme on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies, The European Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering (WPEE-EFCE) and Society of Chemical Industry- Electrochemical Technology Group (SCI-ECTG). 

The following Books, Edited Monographs and Book Chapters have been published by our group

  • Pulse Plating, W.E.G.  Hansal and S. Roy (Principal Authors and Editors), 385 pages with 175 illustrations, Eugen G. Leuze Verlag KG (2012). ISBN 978-3-87480-265-9.

  • “Green Electrodeposition 2”, ECS Transactions, Volume 16, Issue 36, S. Roy, S. Yoshihara and G. Zangari, Editors,  The Electrochemical Society, (2009). ISBN 978-1-60768-067-3.

  • S. Roy, “Electrochemical Fabrication of Nanostructured Compositionally Modulated Metal Multilayers”, Electrochemistry at the Nanoscale, Eds. P. Schmuki and A. Virtannen, Springer Educational Series: Nanostructure Science and Technology, pp. 349-376 (2009). ISBN 978-0-387-73581-8.

  • S. Roy, “Corrosion and Nanomaterials: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Factors”, Corrosion Protection and Control Using Nanomaterials, Eds. V.S. Saji and R. Cook, pp. 16-30, Woodhead Publishing Ltd., (2012). ISBN 978-1-84569-949-9.

Our group’s laboratories offer facilities to carry out pilot scale fuel cell tests, micro and nano fabrication and metrology (through nano-labs), pilot scale electrodeposition facilities, and performing electrochemistry in controlled environment (glove box).

Lab Work Station