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Dr. Luis Fernando Arenas BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, MRSC

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Dr Luis Fernando Arenas is a visiting academic at the Energy Technology Group of the University of Southampton.

Luis Fernando Arenas joined the University as research fellow in 2017, after being awarded a PhD in Engineering and the Environment for his work on ‘An electrochemical engineering approach to improvements in the zinc-cerium redox flow battery’. His studies were funded through CONACYT and SEP scholarships. Previously, he graduated from an MSc programme on electrochemistry and chemical technology at UAdeC (Mexico), during which he developed biosensors on carbon nanotube films (2013). He spent a year as part-time researcher at COMIMSA. He obtained a BSc in chemistry (hons.) at the Faculty of Chemistry of UAdeC in 2010. His dissertation treated on the corrosion of oil and gas line pipe steels. He has been visiting researcher in UNAM and CIDETEQ (Mexico), and UNC (Argentina). He is part of the SCI ambassador scheme for early career researchers.

Research interests

His research interests centre on electrochemical technology for energy storage and electrochemical engineering. His activities have focused mainly on the engineering of redox flow batteries as well as on the manufacture and evaluation (electrochemical and hydraulic) of scaled-up electrodes. He has experience in amperometric biosensors, electrodeposition of noble metals, electroless deposition of coatings, 3D-printing, cycling of batteries, and characterization of electrodes via SEM and X-ray computed tomography. He is also interested on the historical development of industrial electrochemistry and strategic applications of electrochemical technologies. Peer reviewing for several journals. Recent additions include proton pumps and electrochemical hydrogen compression.

Renewable energy source based on the recovery, purification and storage of hydrogen from chlor-alkali plants

Research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

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.

  • Well-informed research on electrochemical flow reactors, fuel cells/proton pumps, redox flow batteries and electrodeposition.
  • Preparation and submission of manuscripts. Peer review. Graphical art for publications.
  • Acquisition of reagents, consumables and equipment. Sourcing of suppliers.
  • Continuous laboratory maintenance and organisation. Requisition of repair and cleaning jobs.
  • Support to MSc and undergraduate SEM sessions.
  • Maintenance of ultra-pure water supply.
  • Calibration and maintenance of instruments. Minor instrument repairs.
  • Acquisition of materials for MSc and undergraduate projects.
  • Previously, elected student representative for Energy Technology Group.
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Supervision of final dissertation projects:

  • Master’s students: MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies and MSc in Electrochemistry.
  • Undergraduate students: BEng Mechanical Engineering.

Advisor for 1st year projects of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies.

Continuous training and support to PhD students in Engineering and the Environment. 

Dr. Luis Fernando Arenas
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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