National Physical Laboratory

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds

Current interests

Gareth Hinds is an electrochemist/material scientist with research interests in fuel cells, corrosion and electrochemical testing.


Gareth gained his primary degree in Experimental Physics (1996) and a PhD on magnetic field effects on copper electrolysis (2000) from Trinity College Dublin. Following a further two years at Trinity as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working primarily on magnetic field effects on corrosion and electrodeposition of magnetic materials, he moved to the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 2002, where he is now Principal Research Scientist in the Electrochemistry and Corrosion Group.

Gareth has established and continues to lead NPL's fuel cell research programme, which is focused on the development of novel in situ measurement techniques, modelling tools and test methods to support commercialisation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Recent highlights include a world-first measurement of the relative humidity profile along both gas channels of an operating PEMFC and the development of an innovative reference electrode that allows mapping of the spatial variation in electrode potential across the active area of a fuel cell.

On the corrosion side, Gareth is also heavily involved in the development and standardisation of novel test methods for materials selection in the oil and gas industry, including the slow strain rate, four point bend, drop evaporation and underdeposit corrosion tests. Recent achievements include the development of a novel multi-electrode technique for evaluation of the performance of inhibitors for underdeposit corrosion and the adaptation of the drop evaporation test method to the determination of the threshold temperature for coating of duplex stainless steels in marine environments.

Gareth is the author of 50 publications in the fields of electrochemistry, corrosion and fuel cells. He sits on BSI standards committee GEL 105 (Fuel Cell Technologies) and is a Trustee and Council Member of the Institute of Corrosion. He is also a member of several NACE technical committees and sits on the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Selected publications

  1. In situ mapping of electrode potential in a PEM fuel cell, G. Hinds, E. Brightman (in preparation)
  2. Humidity, pressure and temperature measurements in an interdigitated-flow PEM hydrogen fuel cell, S. Bell, G. Hinds, M. Stevens, J. Wilkinson, M. de Podesta, Int. J. Thermophys, doi: 10.1007/s10765-011-1095-7 (2011)
  3. What Happens Inside a Fuel Cell? Developing an Experimental Functional Map of Fuel Cell Performance, D.J.L. Brett, A.R. Kucernak et al., Chem. Phys. Chem., Vol. 11, 2714 (2010)
  4. Novel multi-electrode test method for inhibition of underdeposit corrosion
    Part 1: Sweet conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 66, 046001 (2010)
  5. Novel multi-electrode test method for inhibition of underdeposit corrosion
    Part 2: Sour conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 66, 056002 (2010)
  6. Electrocatalytic activity mapping of model fuel cell catalyst films by scanning electrochemical microscopy, P. Nicholson, S. Zhou, G. Hinds, A. Wain, A. Turnbull, Electrochim. Acta, Vol. 54, 4525-4533 (2009)
  7. Measurement of pH in concentrated brines, G. Hinds, P. Cooling, A. Wain, S. Zhou, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 65, 635-638 (2009)
  8. Novel in-situ measurements of relative humidity in a PEMFC, G. Hinds, M. Stevens, J. Wilkinson, M. de Podesta, S. Bell, J. Power Sources, Vol. 186, 52-57 (2009)
  9. Chemistry of concentrated salts formed by evaporation of seawater on duplex stainless steel, A. Turnbull, S. Zhou, P. Nicholson, G. Hinds, Corrosion, Vol. 64, 323-333 (2008)
  10. Threshold temperature for stress corrosion cracking of duplex stainless steel under evaporative seawater conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 64, 101-106 (2008)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 7147

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2014
Created: 3 Oct 2011


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