National Physical Laboratory

Electrochemistry Electrochemistry

NPL's multi-disciplinary Electrochemistry team undertakes ground-breaking research in measurement and modelling of electrochemical and charge transfer processes.


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    For more information about the Electrochemistry team's work, please contact Gareth Hinds
  • The Electrochemistry Group works closely with a wide range of leading UK and international companies, research centres and universities. Routes for collaboration include participation in grant-funded research projects (both UK and EU) and joint funding and supervision of PhD students.
  • The Group hosts three Industrial Advisory Groups (IAGs) in Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage. IAG membership is free and meetings are held twice a year to review progress in the research conducted by the Group and ensure it remains focused on outcomes of relevance to industry needs. IAG members also have the opportunity to contribute to shaping NPL strategy for future work and influence the direction of new projects.
  • Oil & Gas IAG members:
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  • Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage IAG members:
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  • Research institutes:
    • Paul Scherrer Institute
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • CEA
    • SINTEF
    • CIEMAT
    • FZ Julich
    • PTB
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Electrochemistry research underpins the development of more efficient and environmentally-friendly energy generation and conversion processes as well as intelligent lifetime management of materials in safety-critical applications.

In catalysis, the primary emphasis is on both developing and adapting state-of-the art nanoscale probes for in situ measurement and mapping of activity and charge transfer. This enables optimised performance through fundamental understanding of processes occurring at a highly localised level.

The development of innovative in situ measurement techniques and modelling tools for electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices, such as fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries, is facilitating design optimisation and improved efficiency and durability.

In corrosion, a major focus is on environment-assisted cracking. We are investigating the earliest stages of crack development as the key to enhanced confidence in constructing structures/plants for very long lives.

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