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.
- Behaviour of lithium-ion batteries under short-circuit conditions can now be examined using a new approach developed to help improve reliability and safety.
- Novel multi-parameter microscopy method developed by NPL can be used to optimise devices such as organic solar cells, sensors and transistors.
- Hydrogen is set to become a crucial part of the UK's future energy mix as the government strives to create a low carbon economy and meet challenging climate change and air quality targets. NPL is a key player in the development of measurement and testing solutions to support cost reduction and performance enhancement of these environmentally friendly technologies. The opening of the public hydrogen refuelling station marks the largest gathering of production fuel cell electric vehicles in the UK.
- NPL Senior Fellow Dr Alan Turnbull has been awarded an OBE for services to science and industry.
- How disposable lithium batteries degrade during normal use has been tracked in real-time using sophisticated 3D imaging.
- Researchers at the NPL, UCL ESRF and Imperial College London have shown for the first time how heat-induced damage to Li-ion batteries evolves in real-time and leads to failure.
- New video explores how NPL's corrosion research is informing best practice in the oil and gas industry.
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