National Physical Laboratory

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds

Current interests

Gareth Hinds is an electrochemist/material scientist with research interests in electrochemical energy conversion and corrosion.


Gareth is Principal Research Scientist in the Electrochemistry Group at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, Middlesex. He joined NPL in 2002 following a primary degree in Experimental Physics and a PhD on magnetic field effects on copper electrolysis at Trinity College Dublin.

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 an innovative reference electrode that allows mapping of the spatial variation in electrode potential across the active area of a PEMFC; a novel galvanostatic technique for simultaneous measurement of electrochemical active surface area of each cell in a fuel cell stack; and the development of a multiphysics model of PEMFC performance in accessible software platform. More recently, the remit of this work has expanded to incorporate electrolysers, lithium ion batteries and redox flow cells.

On the corrosion side, Gareth is 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 method for measurement of pitting susceptibility of materials in representative oilfield environments; a 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 evaporative seawater conditions.

Gareth is the author of over 50 publications in the fields of electrochemistry, corrosion and fuel cells. He sits on international standards committee IEC TC 105 (Fuel Cell Technologies) and ISO TC 67 (Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries). He is a Trustee, Council Member and Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion and Past Chair of its Corrosion Science Division. He is also a member of several NACE technical committees and sits on the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the UK Corrosion Coordination Group.

Selected publications

  1. In situ mapping of potential transients during start-up and shut-down of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, E. Brightman, G. Hinds, J. Power Sources, Vol. 267, 160-170 (2014)
  2. Parameter sensitivity analysis of cylindrical LiFePO4 battery performance using multi-physics modeling, L.Q. Zhang, C. Lyu, G. Hinds, L.X. Wang, W.L. Luo, J. Zheng, K.H. Ma, J. Electrochem. Soc., Vol. 161, A762-A776 (2014)
  3. Novel method for determination of pitting susceptibility in aggressive environments at elevated temperature and pressure, G. Hinds, L. Wickström, J. Abda, A. Turnbull, V. Smith, R. Woollam, Corros. Sci., Vol. 85, 33-41 (2014)
  4. Non-uniform temperature distribution in Li-ion batteries during discharge - A combined thermal imaging, X-ray micro-tomography and electrochemical impedance approach, J.B. Robinson, J.A. Darr, D.S. Eastwood, G. Hinds, P.D. Lee, P.R. Shearing, O.O. Taiwo, D.J.L. Brett, J. Power Sources, Vol. 252, 51-57 (2014)
  5. Spatially resolved diagnostic methods for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells: a review, C, Kalyvas, A. Kucernak, D.J.L. Brett, G. Hinds, S. Atkins, N. Brandon, WIREs Energy Environ., Vol. 3, 254-275 (2014)
  6. Influence of acoustic cavitation on the controlled ultrasonic dispersion of carbon nanotubes, A. Sesis, M. Hodnett, G. Memoli, A.J. Wain, I. Jurewicz, A.B. Dalton, J.D. Carey, G. Hinds, J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 117, 15141-15150 (2013)
  7. In situ mapping of electrode potential in a PEMFC, G. Hinds, ECS Transactions, Vol. 58, 1565-1587 (2013)
  8. In situ measurement of active catalyst surface area in fuel cell stacks, E. Brightman, G. Hinds, R. O'Malley, J. Power Sources, Vol. 242, 244-247 (2013)
  9. Impact of surface condition on sulphide stress corrosion cracking of 316L stainless steel, G. Hinds, L. Wickstrom, K. Mingard, A. Turnbull, Corros. Sci., Vol. 71, 43-52 (2013)
  10. In situ mapping of electrode potential in a PEM fuel cell, G. Hinds, E. Brightman, Electrochem. Commun., Vol. 17, 26-29 (2012)
  11. Novel multi-electrode test method for inhibition of underdeposit corrosion Part 1: Sweet conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 66, 046001 (2010)
  12. Novel multi-electrode test method for inhibition of underdeposit corrosion Part 2: Sour conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 66, 056002 (2010)
  13. What Happens Inside a Fuel Cell? Developing an Experimental Functional Map of Fuel Cell Performance, D.J.L. Brett, A.R. Kucernak, P. Aguiar, S.C. Atkins, N.P. Brandon, R. Clague, L.F. Cohen, G. Hinds, C. Kalyvas, G.J. Offer, B. Ladewig, R. Maher, A. Marquis, P. Shearing, N. Vasileiadis, V. Vesovic, Chem. Phys. Chem., Vol. 11, 2714 (2010)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. Threshold temperature for stress corrosion cracking of duplex stainless steel under evaporative seawater conditions, G. Hinds, A. Turnbull, Corrosion, Vol. 64, 101-106 (2008)


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Last Updated: 3 Nov 2014
Created: 3 Oct 2011