National Physical Laboratory

Andy Wain

Andy Wain

Current interests

Andy Wain has a background in electrochemistry and his research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, electrochemical imaging and molecular spectroscopy.


Andy received an undergraduate Master's degree in Chemistry from Oxford University, UK, in 2003 and was awarded his doctorate in electrochemical electron spin resonance spectroscopy in 2006 from the same institution. 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 is now a principal research scientist.

At NPL Andy has worked on a range of projects as part of the Electrochemistry Group, most notably in establishing a capability for electrochemical imaging at a range of length scales. A major challenge in this area has been nanoscale resolution mapping using combined electrochemical-topographical scanning probe techniques. He is also the lead scientist of a more recent initiative in catalysis, a theme with the long-term vision to build a suite of state-of-the-art catalyst characterisation tools and expertise to support industry. A significant focus has been the development and application of novel techniques based on molecular vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman). He has built many collaborations with leading UK academics in the fields of electrochemistry and catalysis, including Cambridge, Cardiff and Bath. Andy has published over 40 papers and 3 book chapters. In 2013 he achieved chartered chemist (CChem) status and in 2015 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Selected publications

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6243

Last Updated: 7 Sep 2015
Created: 21 Dec 2011


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