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Engineering and the Environment

Professor Frank C Walsh Eng Ing. BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMMM, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FICorr, FIMF

Professor of Electrochemical Engineering, Research Institute for Industry

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Professor Frank C Walsh is Professor of Electrochemical Engineering, Research Institute for Industry within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Frank Walsh holds the degrees of BSC (Applied Chemistry), MSc (Materials Protection and PhD (Electrochemical Engineering) following periods of study at from the Universities of Portsmouth, UMIST and Loughborough. He has held the academic positions of Research Fellow (Southampton), Lecturer in Chemical Technology (Strathclyde) Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (Portsmouth). His last position was Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. Frank has over 20 years industrial experience of electrochemical reactor design gained via consultancy assignments and direct industrial projects. He has published and presented over 200 papers and three text books in aspects of electrochemical engineering and surface finishing of metals. Frank Walsh was awarded the Westinghouse Prize (Institute of Metal Finishing, 1998) for studies on electrochemical deposition and characterization of metallic coatings and the Breyer Medal (Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2000) for international contributions to electrochemical science and engineering. Grant income of over £1.5M since 1999 has involved sponsorship from EPSRC, EU, Dti and industrial organizations in the areas of electrochemical reactor design, corrosion and surface finishing of metals

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Research interests

  • electrochemical engineering (fuel cells and environmental treatment) 
  • corrosion engineering and synthesis of materials
  • electroplating and plasma anodizing as engineering coatings
  • nanostructured materials via electrochemistry

Research group(s)

Engineering Materials

Affiliate research group(s)

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

Development of an antifouling system using environmentally acceptable and naturally occuring products - Dormant

Lightweight ceramic nanotubes reinforced polymer composite coatings and nanofibres with improved impact resistance and responsive functions

Zinc cerium redox flow battery

NECOBAUT: iron-air redox flow battery

Normally iron corrodes when exposed to air and humidity and has to be protected by painting it, using corrosion inhibitors or by passing a cathodic current through it (cathodic protection). These methods avoid the oxidation of iron into a rusty iron oxide. However, in this project, a novel investigation of the oxidation of iron, combined with the reduction of oxygen is used to generate energy.

Aluminium-air battery: study of three dimensional aluminium anode and air cathode for the development of high energy density battery for micro-UAVs

The project focusses on the electrochemical properties and energy capability of the aluminium – air battery system. This comprises the separate half-cells, including the aluminium anode and its alloys as well as the cathode materials for oxygen reduction and the electrolytes with and without additives. The project propose the construction of a structural three dimensional battery and it is based on a PhD project currently in the final stages.

Development of borohydride fuel cells

The direct borohydride fuel cell is a promising alternative for electrical power generation in large-scale and for portable equipment, such as laptop computers or mobile phones. Its predicted maximum energy density compared with other cells or batteries is higher but several drawbacks need to be overcome to reach that energy.

Redox flow cells batteries: zinc - cerium

The project focusses on the electrochemical properties and energy capability of the zinc–cerium system, initially developed by Plurion Inc., which has a theoretical energy density of 463 kJ mol-1. This is larger than other redox flow systems such as the vanadium and iron-chromium systems and has one of the highest thermodynamic open-circuit cell voltages.

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Book(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Zinc-based flow batteries for medium- and large-scale energy storage - Li, Xiaohong, Ponce de Leon, Carlos, Walsh, F.C., Wills, Richard G.A. and Pletcher, Derek. In Advances in Batteries for Medium and Large-Scale Energy Storage, 1st Edition Types and Applications - Menictas, Chris, Skyllas-Kazacos, Maria and Lim, Tuti Mariana (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy
    Page Range:
    293-315
    doi:
    10.1016/B978-1-78242-013-2.00008-X
  • Electrochemical engineering and cell design - Pletcher, D. and Walsh, F.C.. In Developments in Electrochemistry: Science Inspired by Martin Fleischmann - Pletcher, D., Zhong-Qun, Tian and Williams, David E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Chichester, GB
    Page Range:
    95-112
    doi:
    10.1002/9781118694404.ch6
  • Sodium borohydride fuel cells - Ponce de Leon, Carlos and Walsh, Frank. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources - Dyer, Chris K., Garche, Juergen, Moseley, Patrick, Ogumi, Zempachi, Rand, David A.J. and Scrosati, Bruno (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    UK
    Volume:
    3
    Page Range:
    192-205
  • Secondary batteries - zinc systems: zinc-bromine - Ponce de Leon, C and Walsh, F.C.. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources - Dyer, Chris, Garche, Juergen, Moseley, Patrick, Ogumi, Zempachi, Rand, David and Scrosati, Bruno (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Page Range:
    487-496
    doi:
    10.1016/B978-044452745-5.00856-X
  • Redox flow batteries for hybrid electric vehicles: progress and challenges - Rusllim Mohammad, M., Sharkh, S.M. and Walsh, F.C.. In Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'09)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    The 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'09)
    Published by:
    New York, USA
    Page Range:
    551-557
  • Biomimetic approach to the design of the marine antifouling coatings - Chambers, L.D., Walsh, F.C., Wood, R.J.K. and Stokes, K.R.. In World Maritime Technology Conference. Maritime innovation - delivering global solutions
    Published:
    2006
    At event:
    World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) 2006
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Series:
    Conference proceedings of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Electroless plating for protection against wear - Ponce-de-Leon, C., Kerr, C. and Walsh, F.C.. In Surface Coatings for Protection against Wear - Mellor, B.G. (ed.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    184-224
  • Flow batteries - Pletcher, D., Walsh, F.C. and Wills, R.G.A.. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources
    Published:
    1970
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Volume:
    4
    Page Range:
    745-749
  • Secondary batteries - flow systems - Watt-Smith, M.J., Wills, R.G.A. and Walsh, F.C.. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources
    Published:
    1970
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Volume:
    5
    Page Range:
    438-443

Conference(s)

Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems I SESM6017 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems II SESM6019 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Introduction to Energy Technologies SESM6021 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Professional Engineer SESM1014 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Surface Engineering SESG6017 Engineering Sciences Tutor
Professor Frank C Walsh
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