Imperial College London

Professor Stephen Skinner

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Materials Chemistry



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206GoldsmithSouth Kensington Campus





Stephen Skinner joined Imperial College in 1998 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. His research interests are in materials for new energy technologies and is primarily concerned with the chemical and physical properties of solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes and electrodes and encompasses the electrical and structural characteristics of materials.  He has extensive experience of the use of neutron and synchrotron facilities to undertake in-situ high temperature characterisation of new materials and in relating the structural characteristics of materials to their electrochemical properties.  A particular field of interest is the development of interstitial oxide ion conductors for fuel cell applications.  He has collaborated widely throughout Europe, Canada and Japan on new materials development and continues to develop links with research groups worldwide.  Further areas of interest include the development of high temperature electrolysers based on both oxide ion and proton conducting oxides, permeation membranes, sensor coatings and solid state electrochemical sensors for the detection of gases such as NH3, NO2 etc. 

Stephen is also the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM), a joint centre in collaboration with UCL focused on training future research leaders, with students in areas as diverse as Functional nanomaterials, Energy and Healthcare, with significant industrial support.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Stephen is a member of The Electrochemical Society, The Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society. He is also a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist.

New Paper:

Recent cover article in J. Mater Chem A in which we discuss the redox beahviour of NdBaMn2O5+d determined using in-situ neutron powder diffraction.

J Mater Chem Cover

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Burriel M, Wilkins S, Hill JP, et al., 2014, Absence of Ni on the outer surface of Sr doped La2NiO4 single crystals, Energy Environ. Sci.

Sayers R, Skinner SJ, 2011, Evidence for the catalytic oxidation of La2NiO4+delta, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol:21, ISSN:0959-9428, Pages:414-419

Perkins JM, Fearn S, Cook SN, et al., 2010, Anomalous Oxidation States in Multilayers for Fuel Cell Applications, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:20, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:2664-2674

Packer RJ, Skinner SJ, 2010, Remarkable Oxide Ion Conductivity Observed at Low Temperatures in a Complex Superstructured Oxide, Advanced Materials, Vol:22, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:1613-+

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