National Physical Laboratory

Edward Brightman

Edward Brightman

Current interests

Edward Brightman is an electrochemist currently working on fuel cell degradation and in situ measurement.


Edward studied at Merton College, University of Oxford, for his MChem in Chemistry, researching light emitting dendrimer materials for OLED applications for his Masters thesis. He then joined the research group of Prof. Nigel Brandon at Imperial College London to carry out his PhD research on sulphur poisoning in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), developing a three electrode technique for SOFC measurement and commissioning a dual atmosphere heated stage for carrying out in situ Raman spectroscopy on SOFC electrode surfaces.

Edward joined NPL in April 2011 as a fuel cell research scientist, working with Gareth Hinds on all aspects of the fuel cell research programme. Recent achievements include the first demonstration of a novel reference electrode design for PEM fuel cells that allows mapping of the spatial variation in electrode potential across the active area of a fuel cell.

He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a STEMNET Science Ambassador.

Selected publications

  • 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, 267 160-170 (2014)
    doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.05.040
  • In situ measurement of active catalyst surface area in fuel cell stacks
    E. Brightman, G. Hinds and R. O'Malley
    J. Power Sources, 242, 244-254 (2013)
    doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.05.046
  • In situ measurement of active catalyst surface area in fuel cell stacks
    E. Brightman, G.Hinds, R. O'Malley
    Journal of Power Sources (Accepted, in press)
  • In situ mapping of electrode potential in a PEM fuel cell
    G. Hinds, E. Brightman
    Electrochemistry Communications, 17, (2012) 26-29
  • The effect of current density on H2S-poisoning of nickel-based solid oxide fuel cell anodes
    E. Brightman, D.G. Ivey, D.J.L. Brett, N.P. Brandon
    Journal of Power Sources, 196(17), page 7182 (2010)
  • Designing a miniaturised heated stage for in situ optical measurements of SOFC electrode surfaces, and probing the oxidation of SOFC anodes using in situ Raman spectroscopy
    E. Brightman, R. Maher, G. Offer, C. Heck, L. Cohen, and N. Brandon
    Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 053707 (2012)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 8564

Last Updated: 5 Nov 2015
Created: 21 Dec 2011


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