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.
- Novel multi-parameter microscopy method developed by NPL can be used to optimise devices such as organic solar cells, sensors and transistors.
- Key stakeholders discuss a new approach for rating the performance of PV modules.
- New technology could revolutionise printed electronics by enabling semiconducting molecular crystals to be spray-deposited on any surface.
- NPL has developed an efficient, non-destructive method of measuring the quality of printed circuits using Raman spectroscopy.
- Two NPL scientists shortlisted to present their research at the House of Commons.
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