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Dr Mohamed Mamlouk

Senior Lecturer


Dr Mohamed Mamlouk is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Engineering at University of Newcastle with an area of expertise in Electrochemical Engineering Science.


Ph.D. Electrochemical Engineering:  Investigation of High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Newcastle University, August 2008.

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering: Applied Process Control (Distinction), Newcastle University, Sept 2003.

B.Sc. Hons: Applied Chemistry, Equiv (2:1), Aleppo University, Syria, 2002.


  • Fellow of the UK higher education academy (D2 UKPSF)

  • Electrochemical society

  • European Energy Research Alliance steering committee

  • Society of Chemical Industry

  • Carisma European Coordination Action on increasing the impact of research European COST action on fuel cell durability

  • Electrochemical Technology Group executive committee ECTG (SCI)

Current Funding

  • EPSRC- £450k (PI), EP/T00939X/1 Next generation anion-exchange membranes (AEM) with covalently-bound antiradical functions for enhanced durability (Oct 2020- March 2024)
  • EPSRC–£264k (CoI), EP/T025522/1 Sustainable Heavy Duty Truck, Marine and Rail Transport  SMaRT (Oct 2020- Sept 2023)
  • EPSRC-£740k (CoI), EP/S032134/1 A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (£1m), EP/R020744/1 earth abundant metal air batteries (Oct 2019-Sept 2023)
  • Faraday institution-£10m (CoI), EP/R042012/1 Li-ion batteries degradation (March 18-March 2021)
  • EPSRC- -£740 (CoI), Earth-Abundant Metal-Air Batteries in collaboration with Liverpool University (Oct 17-March 2021)


Previous Funding

  • Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation CAMREG- £50k (CoI), Sodium battery
  • EPSRC/H2FC-£128k (PI), EACPR-P65919 Perovskite Anode for Affordable Precious-Metal Free AEM Electrolyser
  • Newton Fund-£223k (PI), Affordable electrolyser technology based on transition metal catalyst for energy storage in collaboration with the Philippines (Apr 2017 -Mar 2018)
  • EPSRC-£291k (CoI), Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Intermediate Temperature Electrolysers in collaboration with Nottingham University (Dec 2016 - Nov 2019) 
  • EPSRC-£146k (CoI), Hydrogen Generation by Electrochemical Water Dissociation in collaboration with NewCell Technologies ltd (Jul 2017 - Dec 2018) 
  • Innovate UK-£153k (CoI), Knowledge transfer partnership with Encoell, Light enhanced fuel cell performance (Feb 2017 -  Feb 2019)
  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account-£15.4k (PI), SEBS based polymer to remove the barriers behind the commercialisation of alkaline polymeric fuel cells (Sep 2016 – Jan 2017)
  • Newcastle Institute for Sustainability-£15k (PI), Unitised regenerative electrochemical Cell for Energy Production and Storage, with the University of Connecticut USA (Apr 2017 -   Sep 2017)
  • Newcastle University SAgE Research Fellowship - £12 k (PI), Electrochemistry, a solution for our future challenges, the answer to renewable energy storage and water purification (Sept 2014 - Sept 2017)


  • Full member of EPSRC colleague of reviewers

  • Reviewer for Research Council of Norway

  • Reviewer for Horizon 2020 calls

  • Reviewer for 9 leading scientific journals including: Power Sources (Impact factor 4.951), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy  (IF 3.95), Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Reports (IF 2.071), Journal of Physical Chemistry (IF 4.805), Electrochemica Acta (IF 4.039), Journal of the Electrochemical Society (IF 2.42) and Journal of membrane science (IF 4.357). 

  • Invited to guest edit for: International Journal of Electrochemistry (Hindawi publishing group), Journal of Chemistry (Hindawi publishing group), Current Applied Polymer Science (Bentham Science Publishers), Journal of Current Catalysis (Bentham Science Publishers)

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Research group: Electrochemical science and engineering


My research vision is “Electrochemistry, a solution for our future challenges, the answer to renewable energy storage and water purification”.


include: Energy storage and conversion by electrochemical technologies:  including fuel cells, electrolyzers, metal-air and redox batteries. Electrochemical engineering. Membrane Science & Engineering with focus on Anion Exchange membranes and their degradation. Electro-dialysis and reverse electro-dialysis.



Dr. Mamlouk is lecturer at Newcastle University (since May 2016) and he is currently holding a Research Fellowship at Newcastle University (NEW) on anion exchange membranes development (2014-2017). He has published 43 papers in the field of fuel cells and electrolyser, with over 960 citations (google scholar) and h-index of 19.

Dr. Mamlouk has over 14 years’ experience developing anion and cation exchange polymers membranes for fuel cells and electrolysers. Mamlouk’s anion exchange membranes (AEM) among the most conductive in the literature with through plane conductivity above 0.1 S cm-1 [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41, 1120-1133] and has recently identified new degradation pathways of AEM [J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6ta08232g] challenging the current understanding of AEM degradation and allowing the design of new generation of more stable AEMs. He is also experienced in optimizing the composition and morphology of electrodes and electrolytes for intermediate temperature cation exchange membrane (H -PEM) fuel cells and electrolysers [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, 784-793 and 2011, 36, 7191-7198] reporting the highest power density in literature for AEM based fuel cell of 0.823 mW cm-2 [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37, 11912-11920]. Mamlouk also researched and developed non-noble metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions achieving similar power density to that of Platinum catalyst [J Power Sources, 2011, 196, 7594-7600]. My work on AAEM is cited as “striking advances”, “absolutely interesting” and “advancement attributed to increased fundamental understanding”. “His work achieved the highest reportedpower density to date for AAEM fuel cell”.

Previous Projects

Dr. Mamlouk has participated in a number of large EU and EPSRC projects:

Temperature and Alkali Stable Polymer Electrolytes for Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Alkaline Electrolysers in collaboration with ITM power and surrey university, EPSRC £300K, NovEED: A novel energy efficient electrodialysis cell to recycle Acids and Bases from industrial process water - EC FP7 funding:  € 1.3 M, Supergen Fuel Cell Consortium - Fuel cells - Powering a Greener Future - EPSRC funding:  £ 3.6 M, Alkaline Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells APEMFC in collaboration with Imperial college London and Cranfield university - EPSRC funding:  £ 0.4 M. FURIM: Further improvement and integration of high temperature PEMFC: The project demonstrated Europe’s first 2kWel HT-PEM fuel cell stack with an integrated hydrocarbon reformer and a catalytic burner running on diesel - EC funding: €4 M

Mamlouk currently is supervising 6 PhD students and 4 PDRAs,

ORCID: 0000-0003-2797-7252

Web of science researcher ID: H-8716-2016

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Current Modules:

CME8043-Fuel Cells System 1,Module Leader, 10 credits, 100%.

CME8044-Fuel Cells System 2,Module Leader, 10 credits, 75%.


  • I have contributed to and taught “Renewable Energy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology” module (SPG8007)-taught in MSc Renewable Energy and MSc Clean Energy.
  • I have supervised and helped in the assessment of several postgraduate students to completion , some examples are shown below:


PhD students:

  • “Alkaline Anion exchange membrane for fuel cells and electrolysers” Richard Espiritu, from 09/2012, 1 joint publication.
  •  “Mathematical modelling of Solid oxide fuel cellOsa Ighodaro, from 04/2012.
  • “Modelling of Water Formation and Transport and Performance in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell”  Lei Xing from 09/2010 PhD awarded 08/2014. 3 joint publications.
  •  “Development of Anode Catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyser” Vinod Puthiyapura from 11/2010 PhD awarded 04/2014. 1 joint publication.
  • “Pd based oxygen reduction electro-catalyst” Kemi Adegbola from 03/2013
  • “An investigation of the composite polymer electrolytes and cathode electrocatalysts for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell” Ravi kumar from 2011  PhD awarded 02/ 2014. 3 joint publications.
  •  “Modelling and simulation of a laboratory intermediate temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cell”  Tiago Soussa PhD awarded 2010. 5 joint publications.  
  • Study of the direct ethanol fuel cell operating at intermediate temperatures (100-200 °C) “ Nur Hidayati PhD awarded 2010. 1 joint publication.
  • "Palladium based catalysts for oxygen reduction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells” Georgina Fernandez Alvarez PhD awarded 2011. 2 joint publications. 

Recent MEng & MSc:

  • “Polybenzimidazole (PBI) Membrane in Alkaline Anion Exchange Membrane (AAEM) Water Electrolysis” Nadiah Binti Awang Chuchu, MSc Sustainable Chemical Engineering, Completed August 2014.
  • “Preparation and Characterization of a Catalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) in Alkaline Anion Membrane Water Electrolysers” Ruining Sun, MSc Sustainable Chemical Engineering, Completed August 2014.
  • “Preparation and Characterisation of a Ni-Fe Oxide Catalyst for Oxygen Evolution Electrode (OER) inAlkaline Anion Membrane Water Electrolysers” Nabilah Sifyan, MEng Chemical Engineering, Completed May 2014.
  • “A Parametric Investigation into Electrodialysis Stack Testing with ORR and OER Electrodes” Michael William Holmes, MEng Chemical Engineering, Completed May 2014.
  • “Hydrogen production from water electrolysis; an investigation into the use of transition metal catalysts” Rowan James Davey, MEng Chemical Engineering, Completed May 2014.
  • “Energy from River Water and Sea Water by Reverse Electrodialysis: Evaluation and Optimisation of Voltage Losses and Power Density in the Stack” Sophie Jade Brown, MEng Chemical Engineering, Completed May 2013.

This involved one to one teaching, design of new systems and testing techniques to accommodate their project, and ensure top quality research suitable for publication.  

  • I have directly supervised and taught several International visiting researcher and PhD students from  Aalborg University-Denmark (4 months), King Mongkut's University of Technology-Thailand (1 year) and Advanced Materials Research Centre-Malaysia (3 months):  
  • In 2010, I have completed Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education-A (ITLHE), Newcastle University.
  • I have organised a 4 day spring school (Newcastle University, 17-20 March 2008) involving more than 30 PhD students and senior researchers across Europe. I planned and managed the practical sessions of the school and delivered a lecture concerning the mathematical modelling of HT fuel cells.
  • I have also taught for a week in IIT Delhi (India) under the UKIERI exchange program (2-9 Oct 2010).