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Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering Group

Innovative research in energy generation and storage and in health care. Our work helps to create a sustainable world.

Our research

Our group is working in many different areas of electrochemical engineering science and materials science and engineering such as:

  • fuel cells
  • lithium ion batteries
  • redox flow batteries
  • energy storage and conversion
  • membranes and water purification
  • energy materials such as thermoelectric
  • composites for wind turbines
  • biosensors
  • biotechnology and biopolymers
  • biomaterials
  • nanomaterials
  • aerogels
  • hydrogels
  • bioinspired materials and processes
  • carbon capture, storage and utilisation (CCSU)
  • energy efficiency
  • healthcare material
  • materials modelling
  • corrosion
  • catalysis

Research areas that we cover are:

Our Publications

Funding of our research

We are mainly funded by EPSRC, UKRI, BEIS, BBSRC, Faraday Institution, ERDF, EC-Horizon 2020, Royal Academy of Engineering, Northern Accelerator and through consultancy by industry.

Research Highlights with media cover


  1. Prof Christensen is advising UK government fire brigades on safety of lithium – ion batteries. Please watch movie: Password: Lithium1 Read news cover:
  2. Prof Siller span out company Dragonfly Insulation ltd. with Newcastle university that will produce aerogels economically. Aerogels are the most insulating material known to man: and see video:
  3. Dr Marloes is looking after animal welfare through biosensing research:
  4. Dr Sayedin developed clothing that could charge your mobile phones soon (work done during his time at Deakin University and prior to joining Newcastle University)


Taught Programmes

From day one, our Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Programmes give students a path to become a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

Our Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Programmes equip students with the advanced skills and expertise to help shape the world. 

PhD Opportunities

Our work often is at the interface between different disciplines. We welcome new PhDs, Visiting or Master students to our Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering group.

Find out about potential PhD projects with the Advanced Materials and Electrochemical engineering research group given in research areas of:

  • Lithium -ion batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Energy storage and conversion, Membranes and Wastewater
  • Nanoscale science and nanotechnology for sustainable materials and processes inspired by nature
  • Mechanical response of composites and coatings
  • Macromolecular science and engineering
  • Oscillatory Chemical Reactions and hydrogels
  • Biosensor development
  • Digital materials manufacturing
  • Multiscale materials and coatings
  • Corrosion research

There are many potential PhD projects within our group. We also welcome candidates to bring along their own ideas for projects if they wish.

To apply in the first instance, you should email the relevant first supervisor highlighted to the each research topic. We will also be happy to discuss general enquires.

Most of these are not funded projects. Chances of funding vary with nationality.

  • UK students: Full funding for UK students is available but spaces are limited
  • EU students: Payment of fees is available but spaces are limited
  • Non-EU students should have an idea of a source of funding for your studies, usually your own government

You may be eligible to apply for a variety of studentships:


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