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.


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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