The global situation of climate change and issues with fossil fuels such as scarcity, cost and environmental impact has lead to the need for more efficient batteries, and electrochemical reactors such as fuel cells and redox flow batteries. The Electrochemical Engineering Group is at the forefront of this development and is headed by Professor Frank Walsh, who has a world class reputation in this field.
Reaction environment in filter-press cells, fluid flow, mass transport, potential distribution
3-dimensional materials as electrodes
Porous, 3-D materials
Nanostructured titanium dioxide
PEM fuel cells: design, flow fields, MEAs, membranes, electrodes
Redox flow cells: activated carbons, reaction environment, redox systems
Biofuel cells: porous, activated electrodes
Borohydride fuel cells: electrode and membrane materials
Electroplating of composites (metal-polymer; metal ceramic)
Porosity in electrochemistry
Plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on Mg and Al alloys
Flow assisted corrosion in marine environments
Corrosion monitoring techniques
The Electrochemical Engineering Group has fully equipped facilities to enable the design, characterisation and testing of prototypes (components and whole systems). This includes electroplating of metallic and composite coatings, flow reactors, electrodes, single or multi-cell batteries and novel energy conversion systems ranging from sub Wk to >kWh.
It should be noted that Electrochemistry Engineering Group within RIfI interacts closely with the Materials Research Group in the School of Engineering Sciences and the Electrochemistry and Surface Science Group in the School of Chemistry. Work has been undertaken for Dstl, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd., E-ON, C-Tech, E-Connect, Ionbond Ltd., Ineos Enterprises and Scottish Power.