Research Group: Electrochemistry

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.

Currently Active: Yes

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.




Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):

Key Publications

Wiltshire, Richard J.K., King, Colin R., Rose, Abigail, Wells, Peter P., Hogarth, Martin P., Thompsett, David and Russell, Andrea E. (2005) A PEM fuel cell for in situ XAS studies. Electrochimica Acta, 50, (25-26), 5208-5217. (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2005.05.038).
Cintra, Suzanne, Abdelsalam, Mamdouh E., Bartlett, Phillip N., Baumberg, Jeremy J., Kelf, Timothy A., Sugawara, Yoshihiro and Russell, Andrea E. (2006) Sculpted substrates for SERS. Faraday Discussions, 132, 191-199. (doi:10.1039/b508847j).
Lindsey, G., Abercrombie, S., Denuault, G., Daniele, S. and De Faveri, E. (2007) Scanning electrochemical microscopy: Approach curves for sphere-cap scanning electrochemical microscopy tips. Analytical Chemistry, 79, (7), 2952-2956. (doi:10.1021/ac061427c).
Guerin, Samuel, Hayden, Brian E. and Smith, Duncan C.A. (2008) High-throughput synthesis and screening of hydrogen-storage alloys. Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 10, (1), 37-43. (doi:10.1021/cc700104s).
Ke, Jie, Su, Wenta, Howdle, Steven M., George, Michael W., Cook, David, Perdjon-Abel, Magda, Bartlett, Philip N., Zhang, Wenjian, Cheng, Fei, Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Hyde, Jason, Wilson, James, Smith, David C., Mallik, Kanad and Sazio, Pier (2009) Electrodeposition of metals from supercritical fluids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, (35), 14768-14772. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0901986106).
Hayden, Brian E., Pletcher, Derek, Suchsland, Jens-Peter and Williams, Laura J. (2009) The influence of Pt particle size on the surface oxidation of titania supported platinum. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 11, (10), 1564-1570. (doi:10.1039/b817553e).
Johns, Philip A., Roberts, Matthew R., Wakizaka, Yasuaki, Owen, John R. and Sanders, James H. (2009) How the electrolyte limits fast discharge in nanostructured batteries and supercapacitors. Electrochemistry Communications , 11, (11), 2089-2092. (doi:10.1016/j.elecom.2009.09.001).


Members of staff associated with this group:

Research projects

Research projects associated with this group:

Nandhakumar: Characterization of nano-scale materials using carbon nanotubes

Denuault: Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)

Denuault: Microelectrodes

Pletcher: Effluent and Water Treatment

Pletcher: Batteries for large scale energy storage

Bartlett & Nandhakumar: Nanostructured Materials

Nandhakumar & Whitby: Molecular Electronics and Neural Networks

Bartlett: Self Assembly

Owen: High throughput discovery of electrochemical materials for energy conversion and storage

Birkin: Single Bubble Sonoluminescence

Hayden: Surface Science Model Heterogeneous Catalysis

Russell: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Catalysts and Electrocatalysts

Russell: Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Denuault: Modelling Electrochemical Processes

Bartlett: Electrodeposition in Supercritical Fluids

Hector: Precursor chemistry for materials deposition

Denuault: Electrochemical sensors for Oceanography

Hayden: High Throughput Synthesis and Screening of Electrocatalysts

Birkin: Surface Erosion/Corrosion

Pletcher: Electrocatalysis and Fuel Cells

Electrolytic Engineering Approaches to Harvest Algae for Liquid Biofuels

Nandhakumar: Fabrication of nano-scale materials

Hector: Metal nitride nanoparticles

Hayden: Physical Vapour Deposition for the High Throughput Synthesis of Solid State Material Libraries.

Russell: Electrocatalysts for PEM and Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Hector: Pyrochlore materials containing Bi3+

Hayden: HT Screening of Corrosion Resistant Materials

Hector: Micro- and nano-structured thin film materials

Russell: Establishing structure-property relationships for bimetallic oxygen reduction electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells

Hector: Sol-gel chemistry to nitride materials

Birkin: Hydrodynamic Modulated Voltammetry (HMV)

Owen: Nanostructured Electrode materials for batteries and supercapacitors

Owen: Fabrication methods for 3D batteries

Hayden: Surface Electrochemistry

Birkin: Surface Waves

Birkin: Luminescence and High speed Imaging

Bartlett: Bioelectrochemistry and Biosensors

Russell: Infrared at Surfaces: RAIRS and SEIRAS

Hayden: High Throughput Synthesis and Screening of Hydrogen Storage Alloys

Hayden: HT Screening of Functional Oxides

Hector: Catalysis with metal nitrides

Bartlett & Russell: Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Hector: Nanocrystalline metal nitride materials

Denuault: Nanostructured microelectrodes

Russell: Non-platinum electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution

Hector: Charge Storage with Metal Nitrides

Postgraduate opportunities

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MSc Electrochemistry

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