National Physical Laboratory

Electrochemistry Research

NPL's multi-disciplinary Electrochemistry team undertakes ground-breaking research in measurement and modelling of electrochemical and charge transfer processes.
  • Caloric materials offer a promising and novel route to providing high efficiency and environmentally-friendly solid-state refrigeration solutions for air conditioning and other heat pumping applications.
  • Catalysis is a cornerstone of global industrialisation, most notably in chemicals production and energy conversion technologies, and is central to the world’s sustainable economic growth.
  • Corrosion is an all-pervasive phenomenon impacting every sector of industry, the infrastructure, and the general population as a whole.
  • NPL supports UK industry in the development of electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices with increased efficiency and durability using a combination of modelling and novel measurement techniques.
  • Mapping the chemical activity of solid-liquid interfaces at the micro- to nanoscale.
  • Nanometrology is widely recognised as being the missing key part to be able to commercialise thermoelectric materials more widely.
  • Advice can now be obtained on problems resulting from a wide range of deterioration mechanisms, including the effects of wear, fatigue and high temperature exposure, and other processes specific to polymers, composites and ceramics.
  • Innovative research to support materials and product development on performance (from nano- to macroscale), durability and large area characterisation.
  • Photovoltaic research at NPL focuses on providing solutions to the key measurement issues which are limiting the potential of new PV technologies, from materials through to manufacture.


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