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Research Group: Electrochemistry

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Southampton has an established world-class reputation in electrochemistry research. Electrochemistry is a broad subject covering all areas of charge transfer reactions at interfaces and impacts on daily life in many immediate ways from corrosion and energy storage, through water treatment and purification, clean energy generation and environmental monitoring to medical diagnostics and electrodeposition.

Group Overview

The Electrochemistry Research Group has research programmes in electrochemical approaches to energy conversion and storage including research in fuel cells (operando studies of fuel cell catalysts, new catalyst materials, membranes), lithium batteries (novel 3D battery structures and electrolytes, modelling of battery performance, Li-air, Li-sulfur), redox flow batteries and supercapacitors.

Our work in energy is underpinned by in-situ and ex-situ studies of well characterised systems, providing fundamental insights into electrocatalysis. Our work on the development and application of high-throughput methodologies in electrochemistry has been applied to functional materials discovery for a wide range of applications and for electrode modification for applications in electroanalysis, biosensors and biofuel cells. This work has resulted in a very successful spin-out company, Ilika, with more fundamental work still being pursued within the School.

The Electrochemistry Research Group is active in the area of templated electrodeposition of nanomaterials and the applications of nanomaterials, particularly in plasmonics and metamaterials, with internationally leading programmes. Templated electrodeposition technologies, pioneered in Southampton, offer effective routes to novel nanostructures which have the ability to produce large quantities, or areas, of material at reasonable cost.

We are currently employing nanostructured plasmonic structures as surfaces for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to develop sensitive, specific sensors for healthcare, environmental and security applications including point-of care diagnostics. Highly structured electrode surfaces are also employed in the development of sensors for a wide variety of analytical applications, including deep-ocean sensors and the characterisation of ultrasonic devices. We also have active research programmes in acustoelectrochemistry, sonoluminescence, scanning electrochemical microscopy, materials electrochemistry and solid state electrochemistry.



Postgraduate opportunities

If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

MSc Electrochemistry

Funded PhD Opportunities


PhD Opportunities. Most of the vacancies in chemistry are not individually listed. Instead, applicants are invited to list several members of chemistry whose research interests them, within one of our main research groups when applying


Current job vacancies at the University of Southampton


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Research Staff

Related Projects

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Nandhakumar: Characterization of nano-scale materials using carbon nanotubesActive
Denuault: Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)Active
Denuault: MicroelectrodesActive
Pletcher: Effluent and Water TreatmentActive
Pletcher: Batteries for large scale energy storageActive
Bartlett & Nandhakumar: Nanostructured MaterialsActive
Nandhakumar & Whitby: Molecular Electronics and Neural Networks Active
Bartlett: Self AssemblyActive
Owen: High throughput discovery of electrochemical materials for energy conversion and storageActive
Birkin: Single Bubble SonoluminescenceActive
Hayden: Surface Science Model Heterogeneous CatalysisActive
Russell: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Catalysts and ElectrocatalystsActive
Russell: Surface Enhanced Raman SpectroscopyActive
Denuault: Modelling Electrochemical ProcessesActive
Bartlett: Electrodeposition in Supercritical FluidsActive
Hector: Precursor chemistry for materials depositionActive
Denuault: Electrochemical sensors for OceanographyActive
Hayden: High Throughput Synthesis and Screening of ElectrocatalystsActive
Birkin: Surface Erosion/CorrosionActive
Pletcher: Electrocatalysis and Fuel CellsActive
Electrolytic Engineering Approaches to Harvest Algae for Liquid BiofuelsActive
Nandhakumar: Fabrication of nano-scale materialsActive
Hector: Metal nitride nanoparticlesActive
Hayden: Physical Vapour Deposition for the High Throughput Synthesis of Solid State Material Libraries.Active
Russell: Electrocatalysts for PEM and Direct Methanol Fuel CellsActive
Hector: Pyrochlore materials containing Bi3+Active
Hayden: HT Screening of Corrosion Resistant MaterialsActive
Hector: Micro- and nano-structured thin film materialsActive
Russell: Establishing structure-property relationships for bimetallic oxygen reduction electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cellsActive
Hector: Sol-gel chemistry to nitride materialsActive
Birkin: Hydrodynamic Modulated Voltammetry (HMV)Active
Owen: Nanostructured Electrode materials for batteries and supercapacitorsActive
Owen: Fabrication methods for 3D batteriesActive
Hayden: Surface ElectrochemistryActive
Birkin: Surface WavesActive
Birkin: Luminescence and High speed ImagingActive
Bartlett: Bioelectrochemistry and BiosensorsActive
Russell: Infrared at Surfaces: RAIRS and SEIRASActive
Hayden: High Throughput Synthesis and Screening of Hydrogen Storage AlloysActive
Hayden: HT Screening of Functional OxidesActive
Hector: Catalysis with metal nitridesActive
Bartlett & Russell: Surface Enhanced Raman SpectroscopyActive
Hector: Nanocrystalline metal nitride materialsActive
Denuault: Nanostructured microelectrodesActive
Russell: Non-platinum electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolutionActive
Hector: Charge Storage with Metal NitridesActive
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