Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Professor Keith Scott

Professor of Electrochemical Engineering



Research activities include:

  • Electrochemical environmental engineering, photochemical processes, Membrane materials and membrane separations
  • Electrochemical power sources: fuel cells, batteries, microbial and biological fuel cells
  • Electrolysis, electrochemical synthesis
  • Hydrogen energy systems

Academic background

  • BSc Chemical Engineering, PhD Chemical Engineering, F I Chem E.
  • Current Position: Professor, Electrochemical Engineering, Newcastle University
  • Prior to this he held the position of Professor of Electrochemistry at the University of Teesside.
  • Educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he obtained his doctorate in  Chemical Engineering for research on electrochemical synthesis, cell design and scale-up.
  • H-index 64, 500 refereed journal papers


Research Interests

  • Fuel cells, power sources and energy systems,
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Electrochemical systems and engineering,
  • Reaction engineering, catalytic reactors
  • Membrane separation processes and membrane reactors

Esteem Indicators

Editorial/Advisory Board member; Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, Fuel Cells and J Applied Electrochem,

PhD Examiner at Universities: Western Cape University (South Africa) NTNU (Norway), KTN (Sweden) Otto van Guriche University (Germany), Imperial College (London), University College (London), Birmingham, Manchester, Cranfield, Loughborough, Bath, Hertfordshire,Teesside, Portsmouth, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Surrey, Indian Inst Technology Rookee.

UKERC representative for European Energy Research Association (EERA) programme on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell systems.

Visiting Professor Taiyuan University of Technology China

Fellow of The IChem E

Research Evaluation Panel member for: EU FP7 materials programme, FP7 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell JTI, Norway and FinlandResearch Grant Council; Innovate UK, EPSRC and Carbon Trust

Industrial Relevance

Director of University Spinout; NewCell Technologies Ltd.

Science Director of VN Automotive

Specialist Expertise
Electrochemical energy systems:
Fuel cells,
Polymer Electrolyte Fuel cells,
Proton conducting membranes,
Alkaline fuel cells.
Electrocatalysts, electrode and system design.
Biological and Microbial Fuel Cells.
Electrochemical environmental systems and engineering:
Water Treatment and Disinfection.
Reaction engineering.
Catalytic reactors.
Membrane materials and membrane separation processes.