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
  • Metrology for Manufacturing 3D Stacked Integrated Circuits
    A three-year collaborative project between eight Industries and European National Measurement Institutes: this project will deliver the traceable metrological infrastructure required for structural and chemical defects inspection in high aspect ratio through silicon vias (HAR TSV) and wafer/chip bonding and thinning.
  • Metrology for III-V materials based high efficiency multi junction solar cells
    A three-year collaborative project between 13 Industries and European National Measurement Institutes: this project will deliver the traceable metrological infrastructure required to support the rapid advances made on multi-junction solar cells that are based on III-V materials.
    NPL is a partner in the EU CHEETAH project. CHEETAH's goal is to develop technology and foster innovative manufacturing capabilities and photovoltaic products so that Europe can develop its technological and industrial capacity in all parts of the value chain.
  • StableNextSol
    NPL is a partner in the EU COST Action StableNextSol. The Action seeks to integrate and generate fundamental knowledge to foster disruptive innovations to mitigate organic photovoltaic device failure, and aims to develop more stable device concepts to reach lifetimes longer than 20 years.
  • H2FC
    NPL is a partner in the H2FC European Infrastructure project. This provides funding for transnational access to NPL's fuel cell testing facilities for users from industry or research institutions located in EU member states and associated states. For more information or to make an enquiry, please click here
    NPL is a partner in the EU TREASORES project. TREASORES will demonstrate the production of large area organic electronics using high throughput manufacturing technologies for applications such as flexible solar cells and large area lighting.
  • MultiHy
    NPL is a partner in the EU MultiHy project. The aim of MultiHy is to develop industrially-relevant computational models to assist in the evaluation of the susceptibility of complex materials to hydrogen embrittlement under realistic service conditions.
  • The Electrochemistry Group works with a wide range of leading companies, research centres and universities, including:

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, organic PVs and organic electronics 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 PEM fuel cells and electrolysers 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.

In thermoelectric and electrothermal the development of new measurement tools for characterization of energy conversion efficiency in semiconductor materials and devices is studied.

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