News and Events
Fuel Cell powered cars from Imperial, UCL and NPL got together at the STFC Batteries Network Annual Meeting 2019 – 1st /2nd July – at Cosener’s House, Abingdon where Anthony had an invited talk.
We were part of Imperial Festival held from 29 June to 30 June! Fantastic opportunities of introducing our research to the public and we were thrilled to be flooded by all kindes of questions from people with great interests. A bright future is being built up for the hydrogen energy. Very well done to everyone and special thanks go to Colleen! WHAT A TEAM, thank you all!
Our group logo is alive now! Credits go to Andres, very well done!
Anthony and Colleen went for a MEMPHYS project meeting in Geel, Belgium on 27-28 May, and lots of discussion was going on.
On Feb 8th, Anthony was in Turin, present at the the First Italian Electrochemical Discussions: Latest Insights on PGM-free Catalysts for Energy Systems and Fuel Cells.
Happy New Year!
Anthony gave a presentation about Fe-N/C catalysts and floating electrode system at Wuhan University, China and also presented at the 2nd China-UK Policy Dialogue on Energy Storage meeting in Dalian. Back to Europe later, Anthony delivered the updates on the Crescendo project in Grenobe, France.
At the end of the month, some members of the group visited the University of Warwick to have the H2FC SUPERGEN 2019 meeting. Lot of talks and discussion were going on regarding hydrogen energy and fuel cell. A nice and fruitful experience!
From the 9th to 15th December, Anthony and Colleen were in Bangalore, India for the ElChemRoutes conference and discussed cooperation opportunities with India universities.
After the whole day 'Renewable Fuel Generation and Energy Storage at Imperial' symposium in White City, most of the group had a home-style hotpot at Jun's place. Fun night!
Many congratulations to our master students - Alan, Yiming, Rutao and Shuang on finishing their projects. Well done and wish them a bright future!
Anthony was invited to give a Kenote seminar at the International Symposium in Green Energy Conversion in Kofy, Japan.
Anthony went to Gordon Research Conference for Fuel Cells, held in Bryant University, RI, the US.
Erasmus student Simon left the group. Thanks for his hard work here and good luck with his reasearch in Berkeley!
Our fantastic visitor Jens finished his 4-month research in the group and went back to Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). Before leaving, he delivered his summary lecture on CT imaging of floating electrodes system during the group meeting. Good luck with him in Switzerland and he will be missed by all of us!
Ben Simon went to the first ‘New England-International Redox Flow Battery Conference’ hosted by MIT’s Brushett group. There were many interesting talks, among them, from Prof. Bazant, Prof. Chiang and members of the Brushett, Aziz and Brandon research groups. The talks were followed by lab tours and interesting discussions about flow batteries!
Anthony and Colleen attended the second MEMPHYS meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia hosted by Institut "Jožef Stefan" on 4th and 5th June, and this meeting included partners from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Slovenia. Progress of work packages and plans for future research were discussed by the partners.
Colleen volunteered at the Imperial 'Arts and Science Mash Up' community outreach day on 9th June. 'The local White City community explored cutting-edge research with creative games, demos and workshops as part of the Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival.' See more details about the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arts-and-science-mash-up-tickets-46398290536#
Daniel left the group and went back to Germany. But we will surely hear from him now and then as the SweetGen is here! Wish him a bright future!
Anthony was invited to give a plenary talk at the Modval 2018 conference in Aarhus switzerland.
Javier and Andres are presenting at the ECS meeting in Seattle. Please see the abstracts of their work here:
Dr. Colleen Jackson joined the group as a post-doctoral fellow investigating electrocatalysts for hydrogen electrochemical compression, namely for the hydrogen oxidation and hydrogen evolution reactions. Welcome!
Kieran left the group to do further research in Toronto. The group went out for a dinner and drinks together with lots of fun. Wish him all the best in future and look forward to seeing him soon!
Kieran was a member of a panel at Citibank's Global Resources Conference, with the topic of "How Long is the Road for Autocatalysts?". He gave an outline of advances in fuel cell technology and the likely impact on PGM supplies.
Welcome to Ben Simon, who is starting a PhD in the group and will be jointly supervised by Anthony and Nigel Brandon.
There was a kickoff meeting for a new EU framework 2020-funded project (Crescendo) which is focussing on non-precious metal catalyst for fuel cells. The project is being performed with a number of universities and companies across Europe. The project partners are CNRS FR, Uni. Montpellier FR, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd UK, BMW DE, Tech. Uni. Berlin DE, CEA FR, Uni. Padova IT and Pretexo FR.
Daniel was awarded a 3-month fellowship for the techcelerate program to learn about entrepreneurship and dveloping a business.
Anthony gave a departmental talk at the Department of Chemistry, University of Birmingham (Hosted by Dr Melanie Britton)
Javier gave a talk at the UK-MIT redox flow battery symposium , Imperial College London
Anthony, Kieran, Daniel, Martin and Andreas all presented at the H2FC SuperGEn conference in St. Andrews.
Welcome to our new MRes students Yiming Han, Rutao Liu, Shuang Wu and Alan Mamand who will be doing their research projects in the Kucernak group for the next few months.
There was a consortium meeting for the MEMPHYS project in London for all of our European partners over two days. Progress of work packages and plans for future research were discussed by the partners from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Slovenia.
Anthony gave a talk at Toyota Central R&D, Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, an Invited speaker at the 21th International Symposium on Batteries, Fuel Cells and Capacitors (ISBFCC21) in the 58th Battery Symposium in Japan (BSJ58) at Fukuoka, Japan on Nov. 14-16, 2017 and an invited talk at the 4th International Conference on Advanced Electromaterials (ICAE 2017) in Jeju, South Korea. Kieran also attended ICAE 2017, presenting a poster.
Anthony and Kieran attended the UK-Korea meeting for the project "INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS FROM ELECTRODES TO STACK"
Anthony gave an invited plenary talk at the Electrochemical Society Meeting at National Harbour in Washington DC.
Welcome to our new PhD students, Xiaoqian and Jun, who both did masters degrees at Imperial last year and to Muhang who is joinging us fresh from a masters at Birmingham,
Javier and Daniel went to Japan to the 17th IUPAC Macrocycle Conference to give talks and drink sake. Both objectives were sucessfully achieved.
Congratulations to our MRes students for submitting their theses, presenting their work in front of their peers and colleagues from the college and completing their vivas. Well done, Danlei Li (off to do a PhD with Richard Compton at Oxford), Jun Wu (staying in the group for a PhD, glutton for punishment), Madeleine Laitz (starting a PhD at MIT) and Yanjun Guo (still deciding what she wants to do, no pressure).
Especial congratulations to Yanjun Guo and Madeleine Laitz who both got 1st prize in their respective sections (Catalysis and Green Chemistry).
Congratulations to Daniel and Anthony, Electrochem Comm. accepted " Kinetic isotope effect in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) over Fe-N/C catalysts under acidic and alkaline conditions."
Congratulations to Chris Zalitis and Anthony, the Journal of Materials Chemistry A paper accepted " Design principles for platinum nanoparticles catalysing the electrochemical hydrogen evolution and oxidation reactions: edges are much more active than facets".
Congratulations to Yunuen and Anthony for publication of Nature Materials "Electrotuneable Nanoplasmonic Liquid Mirror" http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmat4969.html?foxtrotcallback=true
Anthony also spent a week in Nanjing China at the conference "Low- and Non- Pt Catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells"
August was pretty low-key.
Javier and Daniel attended the president's garden party to accept the President’s Award for Excellence in Research 2017 on behalf of the Kucernak group.
Congratulations to Guohui who graduated from his PhD at the University of Warwick. Here is a picture of him rocking the Doctoral hat.
Kieran presented an invited talk on fuel cell poisoning mitigation at the STFC conference in Abingdon.
Anthony went to the Birmingham FC & Hydrogen conference. A spinout from the Kucernak group, Bramble energy, had a stand.
Anthony also went to Vancouver for a CarpeFC fuel cell network meeting then gave a talk at Ballard Fuel Cells.
The Kucernak group won a President’s Award for Excellence in Research 2017 – Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The announcement is here.
Jacek and Matt are also leaving the Kucernak group this month. Jacek worked in the group for three years developing coatings for bipolar plates and will continue his coating research in industry. Matt is staying in fuel cell research and is moving to Vancouver to take up a position with Ballard Fuel Cells.
RFC power, a redox flow battery spinout from the group involving Anthony and Javier, was selected to join the Climate-KIC accelerator programme.
Best of luck to Tiziana who is leaving the group to rejoin industry, starting a new research project at Arvia Technologies in Manchester.
Congratulations to Daniel who won the Chemistry Department award for best PhD thesis.
The Kucernak group had a sucessful grant application as part of an EU framework 2020-funded project “MEMPHYS: (MEMbrane based Purification of HYdrogen System)”. The MEMPHYS projects involves the application of multiple hydrogen sources with integrated compression up to 200 bar, which significantly facilitates the transport and storage of hydrogen. Work at Imperial College London will examine new hydrogen oxidation catalysts, and advanced catalytic cleaning processes as part of the anode development.
Anthony, Kieran, Javier and Daniel all presented talks at the H2FC Supergen conference in Belfast.
Welcome to our new MSci and MRes students Madeleine Laitz, Xiaoqian Lin, Joshua Sucher, Jun Wu, Danlei Li, Yanjun Guo and Sung-Ho Lee who will be working in the group for the next months.
Daniel and Anthony published a JACS paper ' Performance of Fe-N/C Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts toward NO2-, NO, and NH2OH Electroreduction: From Fundamental Insights into the Active Center to a New Method for Environmental Nitrite Destruction'. The open access link is here.
Anthony, Kieran and Biraj published a paper on fuel cell poisoning in Electrochimica Acta entitled 'Using corrosion-like processes to remove poisons from electrocatalysts: a viable strategy to chemically regenerate irreversibly poisoned polymer electrolyte fuel cells'. The link is here.
Javier, Anthony and their collaborators in the Earth Science Department published 'Performance Enhancement of Reduced Graphene Oxide-Modified Carbon Electrodes for Vanadium Redox-Flow Systems' in ChemElectrochem. The link is here.
Congratulations to Daniel who submitted his PhD thesis and was awarded a 2016 EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to continue with his research in the Kucernak group.
Daniel also managed to publish a paper in Nature Communications this month, along with Anthony and Thiago Lopes, who is a former postdoc in the Kucernak group. The paper is entitled 'In situ electrochemical quantification of active sites in Fe–N/C non-precious metal catalysts' and outlines a method to determine the number of catalytically active sites in non-precious metal catalysts for fuel cells. The accepted manuscript is available here.
Anthony, Kieran and Max all went to Hawaii to present the Electrochemical Society PRiMe conference 2016. Anthony presented an invited talk on 'Modelling and Experimental Results for the Hydrogen Oxidation/Hydrogen Evolution Reactions: New Insights into the Performance of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers, Kieran presented 'Metal meshes as GDls for PEMFCs' and Max talked about 'Extending the Life-Time of Low Cost Fuel Cells'.
Anthony also published a paper with Leonora Velleman, a former group member, in Nanoscale entitled 'Tuneable 2D self-assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles at liquid | liquid interfaces'. The article due to be featured on the front cover of the next issue, the accepted manuscript is here.
Congratulations to our MRes students, Kai-Ling, Pip, Dong and Yihong who completed their courses by presenting their research to the members of the department. Also, well-done to Kai-Ling who won first prize for her presentation.
The Kucernak group has been awarded a grant by the EU under the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to investigate membrane-based hydrogen production and purification with a number of partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Slovenia.
Matt attended the Gordon Research conference on Fuel cells in Stonehill College, MA to present a poster about the recent discoveries made using the floating electrode.
Daniel attended the International Society of Electrochemistry conference in the Hague to present his paper on ‘In-situ electrochemical quantification of active sites in Fe-N/C non-precious metal catalysts’.
Congratulations to the Sweet Gen team, a spinout from the Kucernak group, who won the first prize in the RSC Emerging Technologies Competition, Food and Water section. Their project is entitled 'Abiotic wastewater fuel cell for water remediation and electricity generation'.
SweetGen Ltd’s abiotic fuel cell-like system produces electricity from organic contaminants which are found in wastewater produced in a number of different industries. The system also has the additional benefit of cleaning these organic contaminants from the water.
Welcome to Tiziana, Andres and Martin who have joined the group and will be working on the abiotic wastewater fuel cell and on the Symbiotic project, detecting cancer using fuel cells.
Anthony published a paper with Chris Zalitis in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C entitled 'General Models for the Electrochemical Hydrogen Oxidation and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions: Theoretical Derivation and Experimental Results under Near Mass-Transport Free Conditions'.
Daniel and Anthony’s paper was published in the Journal of Power Sources. ‘A catalyst layer optimisation approach using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for PEM fuel cells operated with pyrolysed transition metal-N-C catalysts’ is available here.
Anthony published a paper with a former group member Biraj Kakati in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. The title was 'Recovery of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell exposed to sulphur dioxide'.
Congratulations to Matt, who has been awarded a 2015 Fondazione Oronzio e Niccolò De Nora Fellowship in Applied Electrochemistry. He will investigate 'Gas Diffusion Electrodes with Tunable Transport Channels for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells'.
Daniel and Anthony have published a paper in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A on 'The intriguing poison tolerance of non-precious metal oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts', the open-access full text is available here.
Anthony contributed to a review on 'Fundamentals and applications of self-assembled plasmonic nanoparticles at interfaces'. The article was published in Chemical Society Reviews and is available here.
Anthony, Venkat and Kieran's paper "Facile synthesis of palladium phosphide electrocatalysts and their activity for the hydrogen oxidation, hydrogen evolutions, oxygen reduction and formic acid oxidation reactions" has been accepted to Catalysis Today. The article will be available online soon.
Matt, Chris and Anthony have just seen their latest article "Performance measurements and modelling of the ORR on fuel cell electrocatalysts – the modified double trap model", published in Electrochimica Acta. The article is available here.
Welcome to our new Masters students Polly, Kai Ling, Pip, Dong and Yihong, arriving this term to start some research in the Kucernak lab.
Congratulations to our MSc. students Alexandra Charleson, Yuchen Tang and Zhuo Zheng on their results.
Good luck to Javier Rubio-Garcia and Daniel Malko who have been selected as finalists in the RSC's Emerging Technologies Competition 2015. Their project "Sweet Generator" seeks to produce power from industrial wastewater.