National Physical Laboratory

Andy Wain

Andy Wain

Current Interests

Andy Wain has a background in electrochemistry and his research interests include electrochemical imaging; electrocatalysis for fuel cells; photoelectrochemistry for solar cells; and heterogeneous catalysis.


Andy received his undergraduate Masters degree in chemistry (MChem, 2003) and doctorate in electrochemical electron spin resonance spectroscopy (DPhil, 2006) from Oxford University. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at California State University Los Angeles, where he focused on novel electrochemical approaches to studying bio-molecule modified interfaces. In 2008, Andy moved to the National Physical Laboratory where he now works as a senior research scientist.

At NPL, Andy has worked on a range of projects as part of the Electrochemistry and Corrosion Group, most notably in the application of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) to address industrial problems. His focus has been on evolving the technique beyond the convention, a particular highlight being the development of dual-function probes for nano-electrochemical imaging. Andy is also the lead scientist of a new initiative in heterogeneous catalysis, a theme with the long-term goal of establishing a suite of state-of-the-art catalyst characterisation tools and expertise at NPL.

Andy has published over 30 papers and one book chapter. He is a member of the RSC and sits on the committee of the RSC Electrochemistry interest group as an industrial representative.

Selected publications

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6243

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2011
Created: 21 Dec 2011