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

Electrochemistry News

Dr Fernando Araujo de Castro, a representative of NPL in the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials & Standards (VAMAS) project, has prepared a report that details the current landscape of standardisation efforts in organic and printed electronics

NPL, UCL, ESRF and Imperial College London have shown for the first time how heat-induced damage to batteries evolves in real-time

NPL, UCL, ESRF and Imperial College London have shown for the first time how heat-induced damage to batteries evolves in real-time

A new NPL report demonstrating the inadequacies of widely accepted deaeration procedures for stress corrosion cracking tests

New video explores how NPL's corrosion research is informing best practice in the oil and gas industry

NPL has developed a novel reference electrode to aid the development of hydrogen production technologies for renewable energy storage

Download presentations from the Hydrogen embrittlement: Multi-scale modelling and measurement conference held at NPL on 6-8 October 2014

Planning application submitted for a hydrogen storage and vehicle refuelling system at NPL

NPL's Organic Electronics research was featured in The Telegraph

New NPL report on Four point bend testing - finite element analysis

NPL supports new Centres for Doctoral Training

Dancing Photovoltaics - Increasing Efficiency with the Sound of Music

Invited fuel cell talk at ECS meeting in San Francisco

Gareth Hinds gives invited talk at the Naval Club

James Blakesley wins Journal of Materials Chemistry C Poster Prize

Young Research Award from International Summer School

InstMC has awarded Alan Turnbull its Alec Hough-Grassby Award

NPL fuel cell scientists awarded Christian Friedrich Schönbein Medal  

Measuring active catalyst area in fuel cells

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 PEM fuel cells 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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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