Principal Investigator

Research interests

  • Electrochemical energy conversion
  • Water splitting & CO2 reduction
  • Experimental characterisation of semiconductor | electrolyte interfaces
  • Micro-kinetic modelling of (photo-)electrochemical processes
  • Design, characterisation and modelling of scaled (photo-)electrochemical reactor systems
  • Metal recovery by electrodeposition
  • CO2 utilisation

PhD Students

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Jatuporn (Nahmkang) Banjong

Greetings everyone! I am currently a 2nd year PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and my study is funded by the Royal Thai Government scholarship. My research project involves using a state-of-the-art 3D inkjet printing machine to fabricate components for an electrolyser, a device used to produce hydrogen by electrochemical water splitting. Before coming to Imperial, I received an MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.

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Mengya Yang

Hi! I am Mengya, a first-year PhD student funded by the Department of Chemical Engineering. I received my BEng degree from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Central South University, and then I studied for a Master's degree at Zhejiang University, researching electrocatalyst materials. My PhD project focuses on the development and scale-up of photoelectrode materials for solar water splitting.

MSc / MRes Students

2020/2021

Giovanni Lento - 'Carbon dioxide utilisation in carbon nanotube production' -  MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering.

Yuming Zhang - 'Optimisation of photoelectrode substrate structures for up-scaled photoelectrochemical reactors via kinetic modelling' -  MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering.

Nicole Marroquin - 'The effect of light attenuation on photoelectrochemical reactor efficiency' -  MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering.

Yuqi Chen - 'Moving towards the low-cost solar generation of H2 fuel - can metal oxide heterojunctions make this a reality?' - MRes in Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering, Department of Chemistry - co-supervised with Dr Andreas Kafizas (Chemistry).

Christos Krigkou - 'Improving the performance of large-scale metal oxide heterojunction photoanodes for solar-driven water splitting: understanding their limitations through prototype device testing' - MSci in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - co-supervised with Dr Andreas Kafizas (Chemistry).

2019/2020

Connor Donovan - 'Moving towards the low-cost solar generation of H2 fuel - can metal oxide heterojunctions make this a reality?' - MRes in Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering, Department of Chemistry - co-supervised by Dr Andreas Kafizas (Chemistry).

Gian Bains - 'A mechanistic study into the electrochemical stability of deep eutectic solvents' - MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering - co-supervised by Dr Sze-yin Tan (Chemical Engineering).

Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Students

Sharwari Dixit (2021) - 'Enhancement of photoelectrode performance in green hydrogen production via electrodeposition of conductive metal interlayers'

Heather Page (2021) - 'Solar fuel devices database: Quantifying progress, unifying reporting, and enabling benchmarking'

Elton Lam (2021) - 'Development of an online tool for modelling electrochemical thermodynamics' (contd. project of C. Lawrence)

Christopher Lawrence (2020) - 'Development of an online tool for modelling electrochemical thermodynamics'

Federico Trotta (2019) - 'Synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using cameillia sinesis as biological reducing agent to produce conductive silver Inks for photoelectrochemical applications'