Department welcomes partners for official signing of Engineering Research Chair


The official signing of the Ceres Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair

The Department of Materials has welcomed Ceres for the official signing of the Chair in Electrochemical Devices for a Zero-Carbon Economy.

In March 2021, Professor Stephen Skinner was appointed Chair in Electrochemical Devices for a Zero-Carbon Economy by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chairs aim to strengthen the links between industry and academia. Professor Skinner is one of four U.K researchers awarded a new joint industry-academia research partnership.

As Research Chair, Professor Stephen Skinner will lead the way in developing electrochemical devices in partnership with Ceres Power Ltd to support the U.K target to net-zero by 2050.

Official Signing at Imperial College London

On Friday 25 February, the Department of Materials welcomed its partner, Ceres, for the official signing of the Chair.

The event was attended by Professor Caroline Hargrove CBE FREng, Chief Technical Officer, Subhasish Mukerjee, Chief Scientific Officer at Ceres and Mark Selby FREng, Chief Information Officer for Ceres. The representatives from Imperial College London included: Professor Mary Ryan FREng, Interim Vice Provost for Research, Rebeca Santamaria-Fernandez RTTP, Director of Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise and Chair awardee Professor Stephen Skinner.

'Cementing a long-standing relationship'

The five-year position is a new industry-academia research partnership that will focus on developing solid oxide cells that convert fuel to electricity and produce clean hydrogen in reverse operation.

It is intended that Professor Skinner will establish a world-leading research group in materials engineering, and Ceres’ Chief Scientific Officer Subhasish Mukerjee set to join the Department of Materials as a Visiting Professor.

This collaboration cements a long-standing relationship and aims to accelerate the deployment of new discoveries in the energy technology space and advances in materials engineering that can offer clean, affordable solutions to serve both developed and developing economies.

This article was adapted from a press release from Ceres Tech.


Kayleigh Brewer

Kayleigh Brewer
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