Imperial College London

Professor Stephen Skinner

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

CeresPower/RAEng Research Chair in Electrochemical Devices



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206GoldsmithSouth Kensington Campus





Stephen Skinner joined Imperial College in 1998 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. In March 2021 he was appointed Ceres Power/RAEng Research Chair in Electrochemical Devices for a Zero Carbon Economy. 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.  Further details about his research group can be found at He has collaborated widely throughout Europe, Canada and Japan on new materials development and continues to develop links with research groups worldwide. His group are also engaged in the development of high temperature electrolysers based on both oxide ion and proton conducting oxides, permeation membranes, sensor coatings and solid state electrochemical sensors.  

Stephen is excited to parter with European colleagues in two new European Commisson funded projects.  Hermes ( is led by University of Turku, Finland, and our role in this is to probe proton transport in high temperature oxides. The second project, Epistore, ( is led by IREC, Spain, with partners in France, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland with its focus being on the production and use of hydrogen in thin film solid oxide cells. We are also excited to have a new PhD project working with LiNa energy in the area of interfaces in sodium nickel chloride batteries.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,  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 and the American Ceramic Society. He is also a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist.

International Collaboration: Significant collaboration programme jointly funded by EPSRC and JSPS highlighted in Impact Publication

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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 & Environmental Science, Vol:7, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:311-316

Sayers R, Skinner SJ, 2011, Evidence for the catalytic oxidation of La<sub>2</sub>NiO<sub>4+δ</sub>, 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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