Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Physical Chemistry



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Prof. Anthony Kucernak (ARK) B.Sc., Ph.D,. CChem. MRSC, is a professor of  Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, and has extensive experience in the study of various aspects of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells, supercapacitors, and the design of new electrochemical techniques. His group currently studies a large number of aspects of fuel cell systems ranging from the development of new electrocatalysts, the development of new techniques to characterise and study electrocatalysts, the development of fuel cell electrodes, and the development of new methods to characterise fuel cells.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cannon CG, Klusener PAA, Brandon NP, et al., 2023, Aqueous redox flow batteries: small organic molecules for the positive electrolyte species, Chemsuschem, Vol:16, ISSN:1864-5631

Gong M, Mehmood A, Ali B, et al., 2023, Oxygen reduction reaction activity in non-precious single-atom (M–N/C ) catalysts-contribution of metal and carbon/nitrogen framework-based sites., ACS Catalysis, Vol:13, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:6661-6674

Barrio J, Pedersen A, Sarma SC, et al., 2023, FeNC Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst with High Utilization Penta-Coordinated Sites, Advanced Materials, Vol:35, ISSN:0935-9648

Ye C, Tan R, Wang A, et al., 2022, Long-life aqueous organic redox flow batteries enabled by amidoxime-functionalized ion-selective polymer membranes, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol:61, ISSN:1433-7851

Ye C, Wang A, Breakwell C, et al., 2022, Development of efficient aqueous organic redox flow batteries using ion-sieving sulfonated polymer membranes, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

Kucernak A, Zhang G, cui Y, 2022, Real-time in situ monitoring of CO2 electroreduction in the liquid and gas phases by coupled mass spectrometry and localized electrochemistry, ACS Catalysis, Vol:12, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:6180-6190

Xia Y, Ouyang M, Yufit V, et al., 2022, A cost-effective alkaline polysulfide-air redox flow battery enabled by a dual-membrane cell architecture, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-13

Mehmood A, Gong M, jaouen F, et al., 2022, High loading of single atomic iron sites in Fe-NC oxygen reduction catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Nature Materials, Vol:5, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:311-323

Lin R, Kang L, Zhao T, et al., 2022, Identification and manipulation of dynamic active site deficiency-induced competing reactions in electrocatalytic oxidation processes, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:15, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:2386-2396

Ye M, Sharp P, Brandon N, et al., 2022, System-level comparison of ammonia, compressed and liquid hydrogen as fuels for polymer electrolyte fuel cell powered shipping, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol:47, ISSN:0360-3199, Pages:8565-8584

Jackson C, Lin X, Levecque P, et al., 2021, Toward understanding the utilization of oxygen reduction electrocatalysts under high mass transport conditions and high overpotentials, ACS Catalysis, Vol:12, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:200-211

Boldrin P, Malko D, Mehmood A, et al., 2021, Deactivation, reactivation and super-activation of Fe-N/C oxygen reduction electrocatalysts: gas sorption, physical and electrochemical investigation using NO and O2, Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, Vol:292, ISSN:0926-3373, Pages:1-12

Mehmood A, Ali B, Gong M, et al., 2021, Development of a highly active Fe-N-C catalyst with the preferential formation of atomic iron sites for oxygen reduction in alkaline and acidic electrolytes, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol:596, ISSN:0021-9797, Pages:148-157

Mazzucato M, Daniel G, Mehmood A, et al., 2021, Effects of the induced micro- and meso-porosity on the single site density and turn over frequency of Fe-N-C carbon electrodes for the oxygen reduction reaction, Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, Vol:291, ISSN:0926-3373, Pages:1-14

Kucernak A, Wu J, Mehmood A, et al., 2021, Highly selective O2 reduction to H2O2 catalyzed by cobalt nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon in alkaline solution, ACS Catalysis, Vol:11, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:5035-5046

Robinson J, Xi K, Kumar RV, et al., 2021, 2021 roadmap on lithium sulfur batteries, Journal of Physics: Energy, Vol:3, ISSN:2515-7655

Riedel R, Seel AG, Malko D, et al., 2021, Superalkali-alkalide interactions and ion pairing in low-polarity solvents, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:143, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:3934-3943

Chakrabarti BK, Feng J, Kalamaras E, et al., 2020, Hybrid redox flow cells with enhanced electrochemical performance via binderless and electrophoretically deposited nitrogen-doped graphene on carbon paper electrodes., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:12, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:53869-53878

Wu J, Li P, Parra-Puerto A, et al., 2020, Controllable heteroatom doping effects of CrxCo2-xP Nanoparticles: A Robust Electrocatalyst for Overall Water Splitting in Alkaline Solutions., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:12, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:47397-47407

Rubio-Garcia J, Cui J, Parra-Puerto A, et al., 2020, High energy density hydrogen/vanadium hybrid redox flow battery utilizing HCl as a supporting electrolyte for large scale energy storage applications, Energy Storage Materials, Vol:31, ISSN:2405-8297, Pages:1-10

Lin X, Zalitis CM, Sharman J, et al., 2020, Electrocatalyst performance at the gas/electrolyte interface under high mass transport conditions: optimization of the "floating electrode" method., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:12, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:47467-47481

Ma Y, Sikdar D, He Q, et al., 2020, Self-assembling two-dimensional nanophotonic arrays for reflectivity-based sensing, Chemical Science, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:9563-9570

Zhang G, Kucernak ARJ, 2020, The gas accessible membrane electrode (GAME): a versatile platform for elucidating electrocatalytic processes using real time and in situ hyphenated electrochemical techniques, ACS Catalysis, Vol:10, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:9684-9693

Jackson C, Raymakers L, Mulder M, et al., 2020, Poison mitigation strategies for the use of impure hydrogen in electrochemical hydrogen pumps and fuel cells, Journal of Power Sources, Vol:472, ISSN:0378-7753, Pages:1-13

Jackson C, Raymakers LFJM, Mulder MJJ, et al., 2020, Assessing electrocatalyst hydrogen activity and CO tolerance: comparison of performance obtained using the high mass transport ‘floating electrode’ technique and in electrochemical hydrogen pumps, Applied Catalysis B - Environmental, Vol:268, ISSN:0926-3373, Pages:1-12

Kucernak A, Mehmood A, Malko D, 2020, Establishing reactivity descriptors for platinum group metal (PGM)-free Fe-N-C catalysts for PEM fuel cells, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:2480-2500

Zalitis C, Kucernak A, Lin X, et al., 2020, Electrochemical measurement of intrinsic oxygen reduction reaction activity at high current densities as a function of particle size for Pt4–xCox/C (x = 0, 1, 3) catalysts, ACS Catalysis, Vol:10, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:4361-4376

Ma Y, Sikdar D, Fedosyuk A, et al., 2020, Electrotunable nanoplasmonics for amplified surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, ACS Nano, Vol:14, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:328-336

Javier R-G, Kucernak A, Liu R, et al., 2020, Hydrogen/functionalized benzoquinone for a high-performance regenerative fuel cell as a potential large-scale energy storage platform, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:8, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:3933-3941

Parra-Puerto A, Ng KL, Fahy K, et al., 2019, Supported transition metal phosphides: Activity survey for HER, ORR, OER and corrosion resistance in acid and alkaline electrolytes, ACS Catalysis, Vol:9, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:11515-11529

Lopes T, Beruski O, Manthanwar A, et al., 2019, Spatially resolved oxygen reaction, water, and temperature distribution: Experimental results as a function of flow field and implications for polymer electrolyte fuel cell operation, Applied Energy, Vol:252, ISSN:0306-2619

Rubio-Garcia J, Kucernak A, Zhao D, et al., 2019, Hydrogen/manganese hybrid redox flow battery, Jphys Energy, Vol:1, ISSN:2515-7655, Pages:1-9

zalitis C, Kucernak ARJ, sharman J, et al., 2017, Design principles for platinum nanoparticles catalysing electrochemical hydrogen evolution and oxidation reactions: edges are much more active than facets, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:5, ISSN:2050-7496, Pages:23328-23338

Montelongo Y, Sikdar D, Ma Y, et al., 2017, Electrotunable nanoplasmonic liquid mirror, Nature Materials, Vol:16, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:1127-1135

Kucernak A, Malko D, Lopes T, 2016, Performance of Fe-N/C oxygen reduction electrocatalysts towards NO−₂, NO, and NH₂OH electroreduction from fundamental insights into the active center to a new method for environmental nitrite destruction, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:138, ISSN:1520-5126, Pages:16056-16068

Malko D, Kucernak A, Lopes T, 2016, In-situ electrochemical quantification of active sites in Fe-N/C non-precious metal catalysts, Nature Communications, Vol:7, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-7

Kucernak ARJ, Zalitis CM, 2016, General Models for the Electrochemical Hydrogen Oxidation and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions – Theoretical Derivation and Experimental Results Under Near Mass-Transport Free Conditions, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:120, ISSN:1932-7455, Pages:10721-10745

Edel JB, Kornyshev AA, Kucernak AR, et al., 2016, Fundamentals and applications of self-assembled plasmonic nanoparticles at interfaces, Chemical Society Reviews, Vol:45, ISSN:1460-4744, Pages:1581-1596

Malko D, Lopes T, Symianakis E, et al., 2016, The intriguing poison tolerance of non-precious metal oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:4, ISSN:2050-7496, Pages:142-152

Kucernak ARJ, zalitis C, Sharman J, et al., 2015, Properties of the hydrogen oxidation reaction on Pt/C catalysts at optimised high mass transport conditions and its relevance to the anode reaction in PEFCs and cathode reactions in electrolysers, Electrochimica Acta, Vol:176, ISSN:1873-3859, Pages:763-776

Kucernak ARJ, Sundaram VNN, 2014, Nickel phosphide: the effect of phosphorus content on hydrogen evolution activity and corrosion resistance in acidic medium, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:2, ISSN:2050-7496, Pages:17435-17445

Varcoe JR, Atanassov P, Dekel DR, et al., 2014, Anion-exchange membranes in electrochemical energy systems, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:7, ISSN:1754-5706, Pages:3135-3191

Turek VA, Elliott LN, Tyler AII, et al., 2013, Self-Assembly and Applications of Ultra-Concentrated Nanoparticle Solutions, Acs Nano

Qian H, Kucernak AR, Greenhalgh ES, et al., 2013, Multifunctional Structural Supercapacitor Composites Based on Carbon Aerogel Modified High Performance Carbon Fiber Fabric, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:5, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:6113-6122

Zalitis CM, Kramer D, Kucernak AR, 2013, Electrocatalytic performance of fuel cell reactions at low catalyst loading and high mass transport, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:15, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:4329-4340

Shirshova N, Qian H, Shaffer MSP, et al., 2013, Structural composite supercapacitors, Composites Part A - Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:46, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:96-107

Turek V, Cecchini MP, Paget J, et al., 2012, A Plasmonic Ruler at the Liquid-Liquid Interface, Acs Nano

Eikerling M, Kornyshev AA, Kucernak AR, 2006, Water in polymer electrolyte fuel cells: Friend or foe?, Physics Today, Vol:59, ISSN:0031-9228, Pages:38-44

Chen SL, Kucernak A, 2004, Electrocatalysis under conditions of high mass transport: Investigation of hydrogen oxidation on single submicron Pt particles supported on carbon, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:108, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:13984-13994

Chen SL, Kucernak A, 2004, Electrocatalysis under conditions of high mass transport rate: Oxygen reduction on single submicrometer-sized Pt particles supported on carbon, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:108, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:3262-3276

Chen SL, Kucernak A, 2003, Electrodeposition of platinum on nanometer-sized carbon electrodes, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:107, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:8392-8402

Brett DJL, Atkins S, Brandon NP, et al., 2003, Localized impedance measurements along a single channel of a solid polymer fuel cell, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, Vol:6, ISSN:1099-0062, Pages:A63-A66

Jiang JH, Kucernak A, 2003, Electrooxidation of small organic molecules on mesoporous precious metal catalysts II: CO and methanol on platinum-ruthenium alloy, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Vol:543, ISSN:1572-6657, Pages:187-199

Green CL, Kucernak A, 2002, Determination of the platinum and ruthenium surface areas in platinum-ruthenium electrocatalysts by underpotential deposition of copper. 2. Effect of surface composition on activity, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:106, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:11446-11456

Jiang JH, Kucernak A, 2002, Electrooxidation of small organic molecules on mesoporous on precious metal catalysts I:CO and methanol on platinum, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Interfacial Electrochemistry, Vol:533, ISSN:0022-0728, Pages:153-165

Chen SL, Kucernak A, 2002, The voltammetric response of nanometer-sized carbon electrodes, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:106, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:9396-9404

Jiang JH, Kucernak A, 2002, Electrochemical supercapacitor material based on manganese oxide: preparation and characterization, Electrochimica Acta, Vol:47, ISSN:0013-4686, Pages:2381-2386

Jiang J, Kucernak A, 2002, Nanostructured platinum as an electrocatalyst for the electrooxidation of formic acid, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Vol:520, ISSN:1572-6657, Pages:64-70

Green CL, Kucernak A, 2002, Determination of the platinum and ruthenium surface areas in platinum-ruthenium alloy electrocatalysts by underpotential deposition of copper. I. Unsupported catalysts, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol:106, ISSN:1520-6106, Pages:1036-1047

Chen SL, Kucernak A, 2002, Fabrication of carbon microelectrodes with an effective radius of 1 nm, Electrochemistry Communications, Vol:4, ISSN:1388-2481, Pages:80-85

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