Imperial College London

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREng

Faculty of Engineering

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
 
 
 
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+44 (0)20 7594 8600n.brandon Website

 
 
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2.06Faculty BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Boldrin P, Millan-Agorio M, Brandon NP, 2015, Effect of Sulfur- and Tar-Contaminated Syngas on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode Materials, ENERGY & FUELS, Vol: 29, Pages: 442-446, ISSN: 0887-0624

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Boldrin P, Ruiz-Trejo E, Yu J, Gruar RI, Tighe CJ, Chang K-C, Ilavsky J, Darr JA, Brandon Net al., 2015, Nanoparticle scaffolds for syngas-fed solid oxide fuel cells, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, Vol: 3, Pages: 3011-3018, ISSN: 2050-7488

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Cooper SJ, Li T, Bradley RS, Li K, Brandon NP, Kilner JAet al., 2015, Multi length-scale quantification of hierarchical microstructure in designed microtubular SOFC electrodes, Pages: 1857-1864, ISSN: 1938-5862

© The Electrochemical Society. The transport properties of a micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell (MT-SOFC) anode have been analysed by imaging and simulation at multiple length-scales. The anode support investigated was manufactured using a phase inversion-assisted co-extrusion process, which generated a hierarchical and highly anisotropic microstructure. The resulting pore network was observed to contain two distinct, but interacting transport systems. The features in these systems spanned several orders of magnitude and as such it was not possible to image or model them simultaneously. The simulations indicated that the design of the microstructure was beneficial for the radial transport required by these cells; however this conclusion was only obtained by considering diffusive systems at many length-scales.

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Tariq F, Kishimoto M, Cui G, Yufit V, Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Chen Z, Brandon NPet al., 2015, Advanced 3D imaging and analysis of SOFC electrodes, Pages: 2067-2074, ISSN: 1938-5862

© The Electrochemical Society. An ability to meet our increasing energy demands will be facilitated though improving the next generation of electrochemical devices. The ability to directly image in 3D and analyse solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes at high resolutions provides key insights in understanding structure-property relationships; as electrochemical reactions and transport phenomena are strongly affected by complex microstructure. Here we use tomographic techniques to probe 3D electrode structures at nanometer to micrometer length scales. In doing so the first characterisation of specific necks and interfaces alongside their particle sizes within SOFC electrodes is derived. Micro/nano structural changes are followed to facilitate understanding the differences which occur with shape, structures and morphology at high resolution. These are correlated with both measured experimental values and simulations to provide insight into microstructure-property relationships. We also demonstrate approaches to intelligently design electrodes through scaffolds, and potentially 3D printed structures, all towards optimising the structure for performance.

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Kishimoto M, Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Brandon NPet al., 2015, Towards the design-led optimization of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes, Pages: 2019-2028, ISSN: 1938-5862

© The Electrochemical Society. A one-dimensional numerical model of a nickel-infiltrated gadolinium-doped ceria (Ni-GDC) electrode has been developed to investigate the effects of electrode microstructure on performance. Electrode microstructural information was obtained with focused-ion beam tomography and microstructural parameters were quantified. These have been used to estimate the effective transport coefficients and the electrochemical reaction rate in the electrode. GDC was considered as a mixed ionic and electronic conductor and hence the electrochemical reaction was assumed to occur on the GDC-pore contact surface, i.e. double-phase boundaries (DPBs). Sensitivity analysis was conducted to investigate the effect of electrode microstructure on both transport properties and electrochemical activity. The developed model offers a basis to understand the electrode-microstructure relationships and to further optimize the electrode microstructures.

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Cai Q, Adjiman CS, Brandon NP, 2014, Optimal control strategies for hydrogen production when coupling solid oxide electrolysers with intermittent renewable energies, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 268, Pages: 212-224, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Tariq F, Kishimoto M, Yufit V, Cui G, Somalu M, Brandon NPet al., 2014, 3D imaging and quantification of interfaces in SOFC anodes, JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, Vol: 34, Pages: 3755-3761, ISSN: 0955-2219

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Kishimoto M, Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Enhanced triple-phase boundary density in infiltrated electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells demonstrated by high-resolution tomography, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 266, Pages: 291-295, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Howey DA, Yufit V, Mitcheson PD, Offer GJ, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Impedance measurement for advanced battery management systems

© 2013 IEEE. We present a fast, low-cost approach to measure battery impedance 'on-line' in a vehicle across a range of frequencies (1-2000 Hz). Impedance measurement has promise for improving battery management since it is a very effective non-invasive method of diagnosing the internal state of an electrochemical cell. It is useful for estimating temperature, ageing, state of charge (SOC) and for fault detection. The aim of this paper is firstly to explore the usefulness of impedance for estimating SOC, focusing on lithium-ion iron phosphate (LFP) and nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) cells, and secondly to demonstrate the performance of a low cost impedance measurement system that uses an existing motor drive similar to that of an electric vehicle to excite the battery current. We find that measurements made with this system are accurate to within a few per cent of results from an expensive, bulky commercial system. For SOC estimation in NMC cells, the charge transfer resistance and SEI layer resistance vary significantly with SOC. In LFP cells the parameter variation is much less obvious, although the double layer capacitance of the full pack may be a useful indicator of SOC.

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Mazur C, Contestabile M, Offer GJ, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Understanding the automotive industry: German OEM behaviour during the last 20 years and its implications

© 2013 IEEE. This work presents a study of how the automotive industry has responded in the last 20 years to pressures driven by economic and environmental issues, and by the transition towards electric mobility. Timelines for the major German automotive OEMs are presented to understand the industry's behaviour in the past in order to design suitable policies that are appropriate to reach future goals around the electrification of road transport. Based upon a comparison of the pressures arising in the automotive sector and the companies' behaviour with regard to technology choice and R&D, a set of hypotheses concerning this behaviour is then presented.

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Rhazaoui K, Cai Q, Adjiman CS, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Towards the 3D modeling of the effective conductivity of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes - II. Computational parameters, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 116, Pages: 781-792, ISSN: 0009-2509

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Yang W, Zhao Y, Liso V, Brandon Net al., 2014, Optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled SOFC micro-CHP system for residential applications in different climate zones in China, ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, Vol: 80, Pages: 613-622, ISSN: 0378-7788

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Philbin SP, Jones D, Brandon NP, Hawkes ADet al., 2014, Exploring Research Institutes: Structures, Functioning and Typology, Proceedings of PICMET'14 (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology) Conference, Kanazawa, Japan

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Duboviks V, Maher RC, Kishimoto M, Cohen LF, Brandon NP, Offer GJet al., 2014, A Raman spectroscopic study of the carbon deposition mechanism on Ni/CGO electrodes during CO/CO2 electrolysis, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, Vol: 16, Pages: 13063-13068, ISSN: 1463-9076

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Howey DA, Mitcheson PD, Yufit V, Offer GJ, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Online Measurement of Battery Impedance Using Motor Controller Excitation, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 63, Pages: 2557-2566, ISSN: 0018-9545

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Ruiz-Trejo E, Boldrin P, Lubin A, Tariq F, Fearn S, Chater R, Cook SN, Gruar RI, Tighe CJ, Brandon NP, Darr J, Atkinson Aet al., 2014, Novel Composite Cermet for Low-Metal-Content Oxygen Separation Membranes, Chemistry of Materials

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Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Offer G, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Characterization of Ni-Infiltrated GDC Electrodes for Solid Oxide Cell Applications, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol: 161, Pages: F899-F905, ISSN: 0013-4651

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Maskell WC, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, 2014, Thick-film amperometric zirconia oxygen sensors: influence of cobalt oxide as a sintering aid, Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD, ISSN: 0957-0233

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Tariq F, Yufit V, Eastwood DS, Merla Y, Biton M, Wu B, Chen Z, Freedman K, Offer GJ, Peled E, Lee PD, Golodnitsky D, Brandon NPet al., 2014, In-Operando X-ray Tomography Study of Lithiation Induced Delamination of Si Based Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Electrochemistry Letters, Vol: 3

Silicon-Lithium based rechargeable batteries offer high gravimetric capacity. However cycle life and electrode microstructure failure mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we present an X-ray tomography method to investigate in-operando lithiation induced stress cracking leading to the delamination of a composite Si based electrode. Simultaneous voltage measurements show increased cell resistance correlating with severe delamination and microstructural changes. 3D analysis revealed 44.1% loss of the initial electrode-current collector area after 1 hour of operation at 2.4 mA/cm2 and a 21.2% increase in new anode surface area. The work represents a new basis for future investigation of Si based anodes.

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Chakrabarti MH, Brandon NP, Hajimolana SA, Tariq E, Yufit V, Hashim MA, Hussain MA, Low CTJ, Aravind PVet al., 2014, Application of carbon materials in redox flow batteries, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 253, Pages: 150-166, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Kalyvas C, Kucernak A, Brett D, Hinds G, Atkins S, Brandon Net al., 2014, Spatially resolved diagnostic methods for polymer electrolyte fuel cells: a review, WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 3, Pages: 254-275, ISSN: 2041-8396

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Wu B, Parkes MP, Yufit V, De Benedetti L, Veismann S, Wirsching C, Vesper F, Martinez-Botas RF, Marquis AJ, Offer GJ, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Design and testing of a 9.5 kWe proton exchange membrane fuel cell-supercapacitor passive hybrid system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

The design and test of a 9.5 kWe proton exchange membrane fuel cell passively coupled with a 33 × 1500 F supercapacitor pack is presented. Experimental results showed that the system reduced dynamic loads on the fuel cell without the need for additional DC/DC converters. Fuel efficiency gains of approximately 5% were achieved by passive hybridisation in addition to addressing two main operational degradation mechanisms: no-load idling and rapid load cycling.Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy measurements indicated that the supercapacitor capacitance dropped with decreasing cell voltage and suggested that operation below 1.3 V is not recommended. Knee-frequency measurements suggested little benefit was gained in using passive systems with load cycles that have frequency components above 0.19 Hz. Analysis of system sizing suggested using the minimum number of supercapacitors to match the open circuit voltage of the fuel cell to maximise load buffering.

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Eastwood DS, Bradley RS, Tariq F, Cooper SJ, Taiwo OO, Gelb J, Merkle A, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, Withers PJ, Lee PD, Shearing PRet al., 2014, The application of phase contrast X-ray techniques for imaging Li-ion battery electrodes, NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, Vol: 324, Pages: 118-123, ISSN: 0168-583X

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Eastwood DS, Yufit V, Gelb J, Gu A, Bradley RS, Harris SJ, Brett DJL, Brandon NP, Lee PD, Withers PJ, Shearing PRet al., 2014, Lithiation- Induced Dilation Mapping in a Lithium- Ion Battery Electrode by 3D X- Ray Microscopy and Digital Volume Correlation, ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, Vol: 4, ISSN: 1614-6832

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Tariq F, Yufit V, Kishimoto M, Shearing PR, Menkin S, Golodnitsky D, Gelb J, Peled E, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Three-dimensional high resolution X-ray imaging and quantification of lithium ion battery mesocarbon microbead anodes, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 248, Pages: 1014-1020, ISSN: 0378-7753

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Tariq F, Yufit V, Kishimoto M, Cui G, Somalu M, Brandon Net al., 2014, Advanced 3D Imaging and Analysis of SOFC Electrodes, Symposium on Solid State Ionic Devices 10 held during the 226th Meeting of the Electrochemical-Society, Publisher: ELECTROCHEMICAL SOC INC, Pages: 81-86, ISSN: 1938-5862

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Kishimoto M, Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Towards the Microstructural Optimization of SOFC Electrodes Using Nano Particle Infiltration, Symposium on Solid State Ionic Devices 10 held during the 226th Meeting of the Electrochemical-Society, Publisher: ELECTROCHEMICAL SOC INC, Pages: 93-102, ISSN: 1938-5862

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Chung D-W, Shearing PR, Brandon NP, Harris SJ, Garcia REet al., 2014, Particle Size Polydispersity in Li-Ion Batteries, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol: 161, Pages: A422-A430, ISSN: 0013-4651

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Kishimoto M, Lomberg M, Ruiz-Trejo E, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Towards the microstructural optimisation of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes

One-dimensional numerical simulation and microstructural analysis of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes are carried out to investigate the effect of the characteristic length scale of the porous electrodes on the performance. The sensitivity of the current density is analysed over a wide range of triple-phase boundary (TPB) density and mean-pore size, which affect the electrochemical reaction and gas transport. Comparison between conventional electrodes and nano-particle infiltrated electrodes reveals that reducing characteristic length scale in the conventional electrodes helps improve the electrode performance by reducing the reaction resistance; however, introducing nano particles into the electrodes is expected to be more effective as it has a potential to increase the TPB density whilst keeping better gaseous transport through the electrodes. The three-dimensional microstructures of both types of electrodes are obtained with focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy and provide useful microstructural information that supports the numerical analysis.

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Guerra C, Lanzini A, Leone P, Santarelli M, Brandon NPet al., 2014, Optimization of dry reforming of methane over Ni/YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cells, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, Vol: 245, Pages: 154-163, ISSN: 0378-7753

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