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Dr Richard G A Wills PhD

Associate Professor

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Richard is a Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. His research interests are focussed on electrochemical energy storage and integration of renewable energy technologies. Specific research areas include redox flow batteries, lead acid batteries, fuel cells and electrode materials. He has secured DTI, TSB, EU, British Council, MoD and industrially funded research projects. He was presented with the Dave Rice award in 2007 for the advancement of lead acid batteries and has published several influential papers and chapters on redox flow batteries and electrode materials.

BSc (Hons): Chemistry, University of Durham

MRes: Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, University of Nottingham. The Synthesis and Characterisation of Mono Ene-1,2-Dithiolate Molybdenum Nitrosyl Complexes

PhD: Electrochemistry, University of Southampton. A lead-acid flow battery for utility scale energy storage and load levelling

Research interests

  • chemical and Electrochemical techniques
  • energy conversion
  • electrode materials
  • redox flow batteries

Research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

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.

ALION, A Low-Cost Aluminium-Ion Battery

H2020 – Aluminium Ion Batteries (Grant No: 646286)

JUICE Joint UK-India Clean Energy Centre (EP/P003605/1)

Buoyancy propulsion system for an Unmanned Air System (UAS): Phoenix (ref: 102379)

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Articles

Book Chapters

  • Li, X., Ponce de Leon, C., Walsh, F. C., Wills, R. G. A., & Pletcher, D. (2015). Zinc-based flow batteries for medium- and large-scale energy storage. In C. Menictas, M. Skyllas-Kazacos, & T. M. Lim (Eds.), Advances in Batteries for Medium and Large-Scale Energy Storage, 1st Edition Types and Applications (pp. 293-315). (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy). Cambridge, GB: Woodhead Publishing. DOI: 10.1016/B978-1-78242-013-2.00008-X
  • Wills, R. G. A., & Walsh, F. C. (2006). Electroplating for protection against wear. In B. Mellor (Ed.), Surface Coatings for Protection Against Wear (1 ed.). Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited.
  • Pletcher, D., Walsh, F. C., & Wills, R. G. A. (1970). Flow batteries. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources (pp. 745-749). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.
  • Watt-Smith, M. J., Wills, R. G. A., & Walsh, F. C. (1970). Secondary batteries - flow systems. In Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources (pp. 438-443). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

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Dr Richard G A Wills
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 7/5015

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