Energy and the Physical Sciences: Advanced materials for thermo-chemical oxygen storage and production

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Chemical Engineering & Advanced Material


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Description We have developed composite chemical looping materials for hydrogen production. Such material use a fast ion transport network to distribute oxygen to a high capacity and finely dispersed oxygen carrier such as iron oxide. This results in superior performance and stability over existing materials.

We have also shown that we can overcome equilibrium limitations for a reversible chemical reaction by using a non-stoichiometric oxygen carrier material.
Exploitation Route Composite materials could be used in hydrogen production processes. Hydrogen production processes can be made more efficient.
Sectors Chemicals,Energy

Description This grant has had significant academic impact leading to the funding of an ERC Advanced Grant and an RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies. In time there may be non-academic impact.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Chemicals,Energy
Title Pressure relaxation 
Description Pressure change is used to look at surface exchange and diffusion in materials 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Generating high quality data for novel materials 
Description Pulsed isotopic exchange technique for the determination of surface oxygen exchange in metal oxides 
Organisation University of Twente
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution a collaboration initiated with Dr H.J.M. Bouwmeester of Twente University, Inorganic Membranes Group.
Collaborator Contribution Twente have attended meetings to brainstorm on approaches to developing this technique.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2010
Description The rational design of materials for intensified reaction and separation in energy-related processes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Great discussion

Detailed discussion about further work with Kyushu University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014