ISCF Wave 1: North East Centre for Energy Materials

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences

Abstract

A wealth of world-leading international research is aimed at addressing the global challenges of energy (both generation and storage), climate-change and the problems associated with finding sustainable methods to meet our increasing energy demands. Much of this effort focuses on making existing technology more robust, efficient and cheaper or discovering new methods to convert, store and transmit renewable energy. For engineers, chemists, biologists and physicists working within the confines of their own research fields, it is impossible to recognise all of the key problems for given energy system.
These problems present on an extremely broad range of length scales (nm-m) and consequently calls for significantly more collaboration between the physical science and engineering to transmit the success of new materials discovery and understanding of the behaviour of these new materials to achieve durable, efficient, sustainable and manufacturable energy systems.

The North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM), formed between the universities of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria, seeks to unite the broad range of expertise present at the three sites to tackle a grand challenge of energy
materials and will make it possible to cooperate widely with local, national and international industry. The main focus of NECEM will be to address one of the most fundamentally critical elements of all energy systems, namely the interfaces between the materials within it and their interaction with the environment in which they operate. NECEM aims to be a world-leading programme on the understanding and manipulation of such interfaces in energy materials. The vision is to identify, exploring our unique blend of materials discovery, analysis techniques and energy applications new approaches operating over the full range of length scales (nm-m) that overcome existing limitations, such as corrosion, charge trapping, marine fouling. By addressing previously unexplored directions NECEM has the ability to provide an urgently needed step change in the science and engineering of materials that use, generate and store energy more efficiently.

The assets of NECEM include the breadth of expertise within marine energy (tidal and wave energy), solar (photovoltaic and solar fuels by photo-electrochemistry), fuel cells (hydrogen and alcohol based, also enzymatic and microbial), energy storage (Li-Ion, redox-flow batteries), biomass (gasification, fermentation and direct conversion to heat or even electricity) and local smart grid structure (with concurrent production and consumption of renewable energy). We invite the Energy Materials community to engage with our centre to access this expertise and our unique blend of surface processing and characterization techniques distributed across the three sites. Probing and manipulating processes occurring at surfaces and interfaces is exceptionally complex but by combining our state-of-the-art facilities, which are ideal for this challenge, and our expertise in modelling behaviour in materials to compete systems, we can drive the development of new durable, efficient and sustainable energy solutions. We are geared towards cooperation with other centres in the UK in order to be able to cover a broad portfolio of all relevant energy material problems. This centre has the strong advantage of close proximity and brings together expertise from neighboring universities in the North East of England. Importantly this will enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration increasing the probability of success of the centre. It is also very attractive for additional funding both within the UK and in Europe.

Planned Impact

NECEM's goals are threefold:

1) to provide a centre of excellence that produces highly skilled and motivated researchers through addressing key fundamental scientific questions regarding the interfacial properties of materials for energy applications;
2) To provide a regional hub to engage with the industrial community, particularly in the North East, the wider UK Energy Research arena via the other Centres and Supergen Networks, and the international community to promote the reputation of UK Science;
3) To act jointly within these communities to address barriers to commercialisation of potentially transformative energy technology that could improve the quality of life and economy in the UK.

The funds will provide the security and necessary expertise over four years to enable our team to address pioneering projects that have the potential to make a high impact. Reactive projects will permit a rapid response to exciting and unexpected new discoveries from our own research and elsewhere and Joint projects with other world-leading groups supported by our visitor and mobility program.

The UK and EU governments see Energy as a priority that will drive progress towards meeting the pledged 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Energy is intimately linked to productivity and security and therefore improvements in affordability the environmental impact are critical to Society. NECEM supports this vision by pooling talent across several key technology areas to address scientific bottlenecks and accelerate innovation and implementation of more efficient and sustainable energy generation, storage and distribution. The applications covered by NECEM are broad and include marine, solar, fuel cells, batteries, biomass and local smart grid structure. However, each have a fundamental challenge in common: the properties of the interface dictate their efficiency, stability and often the cost of their manufacture. NECEM is uniquely positioned to address these challenges 1) by scientific and engineering expertise; 2) by sharing access to our powerful facilities specifically developed to examine the properties of interfaces between two materials or surfaces in contact with corrosive environments; 3) by closely collaborating with industry at every stage of the project; 4) by exploiting the benefits of our location, close to each other and key players in the community that we will engage with. Bringing these currently successful but independent research groups under the umbrella of NECEM will accelerate the way we examine and learn to engineer complex behavior at interfaces. It is likely that a mixture of each of these technologies will be required in our future energy portfolio and success in any would be the difference between a niche application and a transformative technology. Synergy between academia and industry will be ensured through our industrial advisory board, collaborative projects and annual showcasing events. Success will enable us to improve not only the reputation of UK science but also the international competitiveness of UK business through the provision of highly trained personnel and product innovation.

Given the importance of NECEM's research to society, our dissemination and outreach program will ensure that developments within our centre and the wider community are communicated to the general public. While each institution has a strong public engagement program already, combining our manpower and expertise will enable us to be even more ambitious in our approach. Acceptance of new technology by the public is one of the greatest barriers to wide-spread commercialisation faced by an emerging technology. Demonstrating technology within Science Central and hosting workshops and activities at the Centre for Life, the Great North Museum, Soapbox Science in Newcastle city centre in addition to national science fairs will enable us to discuss the Societal benefits and address the Public's apprehension.

Publications

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Baines T (2018) Incorporation of CdSe layers into CdTe thin film solar cells in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

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Benazzi E (2019) Developing photocathode materials for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells in Journal of Materials Chemistry C

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Benazzi E (2019) Assembly, charge-transfer and solar cell performance with porphyrin-C 60 on NiO for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

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Eng J (2019) On the geometry dependence of tunedrange separated hybrid functionals in Journal of Computational Chemistry

 
Description Our overarching aims of NECEM are to:
Obj. 1 Generate breakthroughs in understanding interfacial and surface processes.
Obj. 2 Discover new functional materials and methods to process them on a large scale.
Obj. 3 Exploit our multidisciplinary expertise to solve complex problems (e.g. addressing the 5 high-risk projects outlined below) and ensure these innovations are translated to the energy industry.
Obj. 4 Structure a critical mass with industrial partners within the north east region, which is able to serve the UK research community and commercial sector.
Obj. 5 Collaborate with the other Energy Centres exploiting complementary expertise to form new research streams.
Obj. 6 Leverage existing collaborations at national facilities (Diamond Light Source, ISIS, SuperSTEM and CLF).
Obj. 7 Address the key focus areas of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), most notably, batteries for clean and flexible energy storage and manufacturing and materials of the future.

These will be reported in the following using the projects outlined in the original proposal.

Project 1: Energy capture and transfer on scalable substrates (ECATSS)
The aim of ECATSS is to achieve an all-solution processes 10% efficient Earth-abundant thin film solar cell which will be a significant step towards developing earth-abundant solar paints, especially important in urban environments. Presently, In situ TEM measurements of Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films have been performed at NTU, Singapore and have yielded insight into nanometre-scale behaviour in Earth-abundant solar cells that will be directly used to improve the fabrication processes within NECEM. This has also provided insight into the selenisation process (substitution of S for Se) which is currently being modeled within NECEM. It is anticipated that this will translate to performance improvements (Obj. 1), work to realize this is underway. Discovery of new functional materials is not a specific objective for the ECATSS project however, large area deposition and alternative (low-cost) fabrication of materials are. To that end, the ECATSS team has been investigating automated spray deposition techniques (e.g. by visiting external laboratories, which will be explored in ECATSS (Obj. 3,7).
Key findings in Q4 2018 are to fabricate advanced solar cells according to above criteria and introduce a simple methode for low-cost doping suitable for high volume manufacturing.

Project 2: Powering sensors for smart cities (PSSC)
The main aim of this project is to develop new thermoelectric materials based upon a novel concept of aerogels. Aerogels offer the potential of ensuring a low thermal conductivity, therefore maintaining the temperature gradient across the materials ensuring high performance. Presently, several synthetic strategy approaches have been identified to develop new pyroelectric and/or thermoelectric materials. The initial synthesis (Obj. 2,7) has yielded new ways to dope these aerogels with Ni nanowires, which enhance their electrical conductivity and exhibit 9 orders of magnitude improvement in thermoelectric figure of merit. The investigation suggest that further optimization of the concentration of nanomaterials in aerogels could yield promising thermoelectric properties.
There has been progress in synthesising materials with a sufficiently high conversion factor.

Project 3: Mobility of charges: From fundamental atomic understanding to device models (MOC)
The aim of this project is to provide crucial new insight into charge transfer processes. Within the project 4 sub projects are currently underway.

a) This project started July 2018 and work has commenced to understand charge transfer exciton and spin flipping at Organic-Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide interfaces. A number of detailed theoretical simulations have been undertaken, however these are not complete. So far we have demonstrated the importance of many properties, especially relativistic effects and dynamics neglected in previous works.
b) We are also studying electron transfer in polyoxometallates (POMs) for redox flow batteries, with a particular focus upon understanding the structural dynamics associated with POM accept many electrons (up to 24) in the solid state, but limited to 6 in solution. We have demonstrated that previous understanding on the electron transfer process and the structural changes involved are incorrect, this has been achieved using analysis of experimental observables such as X-ray spectroscopy. The following steps are to develop this understanding to achieve design rules capable of making POMs which can achieve higher energy and power density redox flow batteries.
c) Excited state Energy Transfer: Using quantum dynamics simulations we are studying the principles of excited state energy transfer exploited in 4th generation OLEDs. The aim is to expand the present understanding of hyper-fluorescent in which the current mechanism is at odds for the mechanism for triplet harvesting.
d) Monte Carlo simulations: Building upon the objectives in (c), we are developing Monte Carlo models to understand the electron and hole transport across interfaces and in OLED materials to establish how many of the material properties, such as energy levels and morphology affect performance.

Project 4: Exploiting two-dimensionality for surface Engineering (ETSE): from Q4 2018 on
a) Development of a new technique for thin film deposition of two-dimensional solids,
b) Investigation of the influence of surface texture in the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) growth of graphene on copper surfaces,
c) Tunability of the optical absorption of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides,
d) Development of CVD growth of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs).


Project 5: Tailored interfaces for flexible renewable energy systems (TIFRES)
This project will involve developing compliant interface layers for multilayer coatings on flexible substrates. The aim is to generate some simple design rules for selecting suitable interface layers. The long term fatigue and corrosion performance of these layers will also be studied to ensure that product life is also enhanced by the correct choice of interface material. Initial work has to date focused upon observing changes in the mechanical properties of OPV films, both in the bulk and at the micron scale. Early indications are that we can see differences in mechanical properties when OPV blends are annealed and mixed with inert polymers such as poly(methyl methacrylate).
It has been confirmed by testing that the fatigue performance of a woven glass-epoxy composite that can be used for a cheap tidal turbine blade is reduced in sea water.


New key findings specifically in the projects are listed below:
Project 1: Energy capture and transfer on scalable substrates (ECATSS)
Considerable progress have been made in processing the materials which are earth abundant having a optimal band gap energy of around 1.5 eV but still suffer from relatively low efficiencies.
Project 2: Powering sensors for smart cities (PSSC)
The material Bi2S3 has been processed which shows a mixed conductivity which might be advantageous for the application in sensors.
Project 3: Mobility of charges: From fundamental atomic understanding to device models (MOC)
First results are obtained for the two main areas of research, for the electronic structure of Polyoxometalates and the possible delocalisation of electrons in the molecule and for photoexcitation processes as they are important for OLED structures.
Project 4: Exploiting two-dimensionality for surface Engineering (ETSE)
MoS2 was prepared as a two dimensional structure on Si and underwent various characterisations using SEM, Raman, STM and Auger.
Project 5: Tailored interfaces for flexible renewable energy systems (TIFRES)
Surface properties and coatings were investigated for tidal generators and thin film photovoltaics using AFM; various polymer blends as coatings were studied.

New key findings in Q4 2018 are listed below
Exploitation Route Too early to say
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/
 
Description Results of the project were communicated at the Durham Energy Institute in September 2018 to industry and local governments. as a consequence further contacts to industry was established which helped for the proposal for a CDT ReNU which was subsequently approved by EPSRC. There are discussions with a manufacturer of tidal turbines regarding an improvement of their blade materials for higher fatigue resistance.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Cynora GmBH, Germany: - Energy Transfer Processes
Amount £37,635 (GBP)
Organisation Cynora GmBH 
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities
Amount £5,184,306 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S023836/1 
Organisation Northumbria University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 10/2027
 
Description EPSRC Network Grant
Amount £138,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S021493/1, EP/S022058/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Effect of the Host on TADF Emitter Properties
Amount £46,815 (GBP)
Organisation Cynora GmBH 
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2019
 
Description Photovoltaic Paint
Amount £237,837 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T005491/1 
Organisation Northumbria University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 06/2021
 
Description Academic Collaboration with Sonia Coriani (DTU Denmark) 
Organisation Technical University of Denmark
Department Department of Chemistry
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Coriani and I initiated a PDRA exchange to develop new theoretical methods for describing X-ray absorption spectra of electronically excited molecules. While a fundamental theory project, this software development has important implications for experiments being performed at 3rd generation synchrotrons and X-ray Free Electron Lasers, for which the UK heavily invests.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Coriani and I initiated a PDRA exchange to develop new theoretical methods for describing X-ray absorption spectra of electronically excited molecules. While a fundamental theory project, this software development has important implications for experiments being performed at 3rd generation synchrotrons and X-ray Free Electron Lasers, for which the UK heavily invests.
Impact Still on going
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration on the mechanics of coal processing and coal material properties 
Organisation National University of Science and Technology MISiS
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Measurement of coal maceral properties by nanoindentation, scratch testing of coals from different locations, dynamic mechanical testing of coals
Collaborator Contribution Supplying coal samples, coal characterisation (composition and microstructure, energy content), selecting of coals with similar plasticity but different fracture properties, preparing samples for test
Impact 3 published papers to date. Invited presentation at Third International Workshop "Micro- and nanodiagnostics of fossil coals and rocks mechanical properties", Moscow, July 9th 2018
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Nothumbria, Durham and Lancaster Universities on fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Neil Beattie (Northumbria University) and Michael Hunt (Durham University) of NECEM collaborated on the fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. Samples are prepared at Durham University and measured in Lancaster.
Collaborator Contribution 2D materials prepared at Durham and measurements made at Lancaster University (19/01/18).
Impact Measurements made through the collaboration will further the research in to 2D materials with an aim of generating breakthroughs in understanding interfacial and surface processes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Nothumbria, Durham and Lancaster Universities on fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Neil Beattie (Northumbria University) and Michael Hunt (Durham University) of NECEM collaborated on the fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. Samples are prepared at Durham University and measured in Lancaster.
Collaborator Contribution 2D materials prepared at Durham and measurements made at Lancaster University (19/01/18).
Impact Measurements made through the collaboration will further the research in to 2D materials with an aim of generating breakthroughs in understanding interfacial and surface processes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Nothumbria, Durham and Lancaster Universities on fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. 
Organisation Northumbria University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Neil Beattie (Northumbria University) and Michael Hunt (Durham University) of NECEM collaborated on the fabrication and characterisation of 2D materials. Samples are prepared at Durham University and measured in Lancaster.
Collaborator Contribution 2D materials prepared at Durham and measurements made at Lancaster University (19/01/18).
Impact Measurements made through the collaboration will further the research in to 2D materials with an aim of generating breakthroughs in understanding interfacial and surface processes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Continued academic collaboration with NTU, Singapore 
Organisation Nanyang Technological University
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided CZTS nanoparticle ink samples for unique in situ annealing experiments in a transmission electron microscope. NB (Necem CI) and YQ (Necem PDRA) travelled to NTU in Dec 17 and May 18 respectively to perform these experiments in collaboration with partners.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided the microscopy and specialist facilities.
Impact The collaboration involves, physics, chemistry, engineering and has a published output: Quantum engineering of InAs/GaAs quantum dot based intermediate band solar cells NS Beattie, et al, ACS Photonics 4 (11), 2745-2750 (2017). The partnership was also leveraged together with Prof. Stimming's (NECEM PI) collaboration with the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) to secure a letter of support for a CDT grant application (EP/S023836/1).
Start Year 2016
 
Description Dr. T Penfold visit to DESY facility in Hamburg 
Organisation Deutsches Electronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. T Penfold presented poster on NECEM.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Impact Exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Industrial Collaboration Cynora GmBH 
Organisation Cynora GmBH
PI Contribution CYNORA is a leading company in the development of highly ef?cient TADF OLED emitting materials for OLED displays. They have funded a PhD student to exploit the theoretical developments of the Penfold group within NECEM to establish new design routes for their materials.
Collaborator Contribution Funding of a PhD student and contribution in kind in terms of time and materials shared.
Impact Still ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description Industrial collaborations with Merck and Novaled 
Organisation Merck
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr. T Penfold visited Merck and Novaled for consultancy discussions.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas.
Impact Exchange of ideas.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Industrial collaborations with Merck and Novaled 
Organisation Novaled GmbH
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr. T Penfold visited Merck and Novaled for consultancy discussions.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas.
Impact Exchange of ideas.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Neil Beattie collaboration with SPIE Photonics West 
Organisation International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Country United States 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution NECEM researcher Neil Beattie presented an oral presentation at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, Quantum engineering INAs/GaAs single-junction concentrator solar cells(31/01/18)
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas and expertise.
Impact Exchange of ideas and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description New academic collaboration - Dr Elliot Woolley Loughborough 
Organisation Loughborough University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated a collaboration with Loughborough University to explore laser annealing of CZTS nanoparticle inks fabricated within a NECEM sub-project. The partner has specific expertise in adding holographic elements to control the laser beam profile during photonic curing.
Collaborator Contribution CZTS nanoparticle ink thin films were sent to the partner in October 2018 and the partner is conducting initial experiments to test the feasibility of photonic curing. This directly informed a grant submission to the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future them (EP/S035206/1). The results have the potential to enable much broader collaboration and the partner has subsequently accepted an invitation to give the NECEM seminar in Spring 2019.
Impact This directly informed a grant submission to the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future them (EP/S035206/1) in December 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prof. Stimming networking visits to set up collaborations with instutions researching energy materials 
Organisation Kyushu University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Stimming met with key energy material researchers in Japan. Extensive lecturing and networking.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas and expertise. Collaboration agreements with Kyushu University and The National Institute of Energy Material Science (NIMS) in Tsubuka are being negotiated.
Impact Exchange of ideas and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prof. Stimming networking visits to set up collaborations with instutions researching energy materials 
Organisation National Institute for Materials Sciences
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Stimming met with key energy material researchers in Japan. Extensive lecturing and networking.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas and expertise. Collaboration agreements with Kyushu University and The National Institute of Energy Material Science (NIMS) in Tsubuka are being negotiated.
Impact Exchange of ideas and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prof. Stimming networking visits to set up collaborations with instutions researching energy materials 
Organisation University of Yamanashi
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Stimming met with key energy material researchers in Japan. Extensive lecturing and networking.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of ideas and expertise. Collaboration agreements with Kyushu University and The National Institute of Energy Material Science (NIMS) in Tsubuka are being negotiated.
Impact Exchange of ideas and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description 5th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This meeting was held at St James' park Newcastle on 23/1/2019 and involved 37 participants of which 19 were from industry representing 12 companies including Airbus and Shell. The objective of the meeting was to update on NECEM progress and understand industry needs through keynote talks. An outcome from this meeting was industry commitment to CDT in ReNU projects scheduled to start in October 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2019/01/north-east-energy-materials/
 
Description EMRS Poster Presentation, Strasbourg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Attendance and presentation of a poster detailing experimental results at the European Materials Research Society conference in Strasbourg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.european-mrs.com/meetings/2018-spring-meeting
 
Description EPSRC CDT in ReNU (MULTIPLE) press releases 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This press release details the launch of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) which is a complimentary training programme that builds naturally on NECEM. The press release specifically mentions NECEM and involves comment from key leads at each institution. The original URL is given below however, please note that this was picked up on by multiple external organisations and re-released under their own banner. The URLs to these consequent press releases are:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/11000000-green-energy-centre-open-15777605

https://www.smartsolarukireland.com/article/106310/Northumbria_partnership_to_focus_on_renewable_energy_technologies

https://compoundsemiconductor.net/article/106310/Northumbria_Partnership_To_Focus_On_Renewable_Energy

http://7thspace.com/headlines/725926/75_cdts_announced_by_ukri_to_develop_the_skills_needed_for_uk.html

https://envirotecmagazine.com/2019/02/04/new-technologies-for-renewable-energy-to-be-developed-by-universities-in-the-north-east/

https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/02/04/universities-win-446m-for-doctoral-training-centres/

https://businessdurham.co.uk/component/zoo/item/north-east-universities-win-28m-to-develop-world-leading-scientists

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2019/02/cdts/

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/north-east-universities-win-28m-15769368
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/renu-cdt/
 
Description European Researcher Night, Hancock Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact European Researcher's Night 2018. 771 visitors over the course of the evening.
Solar 2.0 - showcase of research in energy materials laboratory, Newcastle University.
Chemistry - Renewable Energy - Solar energy materials

Young researchers working actively in the field of next-generation solar cells will give practical demonstrations to explain the principles of solar energy capture and conversion to electricity (traditional and next generation technology) or chemical fuel and display physical examples of the materials and devices. We will engage the public by giving short descriptions of our current research and answer any questions regarding the research and how it fits in the renewable energy landscape.

Demonstration of how emerging solar technologies work using fluorescent dyes and nanomaterials (sealed containers + a UV torch).
Examples of 3 generations of state of the art solar devices (1) crystalline silicon, 2) thin film, 3) nanotechnology) with explanations of the new components and how they lead to new applications.
Examples of materials we use in our research (dyes/semiconductors) and explanation of why we need to research new semiconductor materials.
Demonstration hydrogen fuel cell powering small electronic equipment (e.g. light-powered solar rollercoaster) to show opportunities to store solar power by splitting water.
What equipment/materials will you be bringing?:
Solar devices - 3D deconstructed model of solar cells - dyes
Hydrogen fuel cells
Torches
Laminated cards

Research group members who participated:
Elisabetta Benazzi - Postdoctoral Researcher
Nathan Potts - Postgraduate Researcher
Nils Poldme - Postgraduate Researcher
Richard James - Postgraduate Researcher
Heather Flint - Postgraduate Researcher
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2018
 
Description First NECEM Summer School on X-ray Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The first NECEM Summer School on X-ray Science was held at Newcastle for 60 Postgraduate students. It consisted of two days of workshop on X-ray science applied to energy materials. Feedback included:

"A massive thank you to yourself and all your colleagues for what was a really informative series of lectures."

"Many thanks for the organization of this remarkable training. I really enjoy this summer school, which benefits a lot to our current research project."

"Through the NECEM summer school, I really enjoy the speeches and posters, which definitely help me a lot."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Impact Publication : "Photovoltaic Paint" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Publication distribution:
To 35'000 stakeholder readers including funding agencies, policymakers, NGO's, universities, academic agencies, research institutes and private sector
· Each publication is distributed through IngentaConnect.com the world's largest platform for scholarly information, used by 1.5 million visitors a month and with 30'000 libraries registered. Each article is hosted on Ingentaconnect.com open access, receives a CrossRef DOI, is indexed in all major search platforms including Google Scholar and is deposited in Portico.
· Selected research and industry events

DOI to follow, to be printed in Spet/Oct edition of magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sil/impact/2018/00002018/00000009/art00015
 
Description Innovate UK First Friday Research Highlight: webinar on 4th May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar disseminating our research on converting CO2 to fuels and chemicals using combined chemical and biological processes. This is a part of Innovate UK Research highlight webinar series to showcase research achievement and capability of UK research community. Therefore bridge the academia and industrial communities, and create opportunities for both communities to work together to tackle the grant challenges UK is facing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://innovateuk.webex.com/join/poonam.phull
 
Description NECEM SEMINAR "Nanodiamond: A New Energy Material" led by Prof Eiji Osawa, Professor Emeritus/NanoCarbon Research Institute, Ueda, Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Eiji Osawa, Professor Emeritus/NanoCarbon Research Institute, Ueda, Japan will presented a seminar on 4th December 2018 at Newcastle University. The title of the seminar was "Nanodiamond: A New Energy Material" Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended. Prof Osawa also presented his seminar on 5th December to an audience at Durham University. There was further discussion with Dr Lidija Siller regarding cross-over in their research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/nanodiamondanewenergymaterial.html
 
Description NECEM Seminar "Routes to High Efficiency Solar Cells: Next Generation Photovoltaics" led by Dr Ian Sellers of the University of Oklahoma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 40 post graduate students, PDRA's and academics attended the NECEM seminar given by Dr Ian Sellers of the University of Oklahoma. The title of the seminar was "Routes to High Efficiency Solar Cells: Next Generation Photovoltaics". Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/routestohighefficiencysolarcellsnextgenerationphotovolta...
 
Description NECEM Seminar "Copper Complexes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells". led by Dr Marina Freitag of Uppsala University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On Thursday 27th October Dr Marina Freitag of Uppsala University gave a seminar entitled "Copper Complexes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells". Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/coppercomplexesfordye-sensitizedsolarcells.html
 
Description NECEM Seminar delivered by Dr Ken Sakaushi, of the Japanese National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) at Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On Monday 18th June 2018 Dr Ken Sakaushi, of the Japanese National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), visited Newcastle University. He led a seminar entitled "Designer Materials to Unveil Microscopic Mechanisms of Energy Storage/Conversion Electrode Processes" and took questions from the audience of post grads, research associates and academics. Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/specialnecemseminar.html
 
Description NECEM Seminar: "Integrated Spectral Conversion Materials for Luminescent Solar Devices" by Dr Rachel C. Evans from University of Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Rachel C. Evans from University of Cambridge presented a seminar on 20th February 2019 at Newcastle University. The title of the seminar was "Integrated Spectral Conversion Materials for Luminescent Solar Devices". The main audience was PhD students and PDRA's from the NECEM universities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/integratedspectralconversionmaterialsforluminescentsolar...
 
Description NECEM article in The Newcastle Chronicle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An interview was conducted with Professor Ulrich Stimming via the Newcastle University Press Office. The contents of this interview discussed the launch and goals of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) with an especial focus on how it combines resources and expertise from across the North East and between academia and industry. The press release was picked up by The Chronicle, the newspaper for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on the 8th November 2017, alongside several other sites. Together, these articles served to heighten awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/north-east-universities-combine-tackle-138709...
 
Description NECEM seminar "Interpretation of STM results with the help of numerical calculations" led by Dr. Xavier Bouju from CEMES-CNRS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Xavier Bouju from CEMES-CNRS, France will presented a NECEM seminar on 21st November 2018. The title of the seminar was "Interpretation of STM results with the help of numerical calculations". Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/interpretationofstmresultswiththehelpofnumericalcalculat...
 
Description NECEM seminar entitled "Nanocrystal Inks for Solar Paint" delivered by Dr Guillame Zoppi at Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The third seminar in the NECEM series was given on Wednesday 16th May at 15:00. The seminar was entitled "Nanocrystal Inks for Solar Paint" and was delivered by Dr Guillame Zoppi of Northumbria University. Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/3rdnecemseminar.html
 
Description Neil Beattie Talk at Ecole Normale Superieure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This talk involved presenting research findings at one of the most prestigious institutions globally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panelist at Durham Energy Institute 4th Annual Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 50-100 members of audience listened to panel discussion and presentation by NB (Necem CI). This sparked considerable interest in a broad range of sustainable energy topics which was streamed live from the DEI Facebook page.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/events/?eventno=38687
 
Description Participation at CAMREG Ideas Factory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Like NECEM, CAMREG is one of the 6 EPSRC Centres for Advanced Energy Materials. Leading up to this event, Beattie and Zoppi (Northumbria) from NECEM received flex funding from CAMREG for the project FULLY DEPLETED HETEROSTRUCTURES led by Mendis (Durham). At the workshop which was held in Edinburgh on 4th June 2018, Beattie and Zoppi engaged with industry to identify how we could work better together and also scoped a new project with Prof. Robertson from Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation at CAMREG Project Factory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop on 12 December 2018 was a follow-on to the CAMREG Ideas Factory (held on 4 June 2018) with the specific objective of working up projects involving industry. As a result of this meeting work was done on a joint CAMREG-NECEM project proposal (in preparation).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.camreg.chem.ed.ac.uk/camreg-project-factory-industry-engagement
 
Description Pint of Science Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ~100 people from a general public attended a public outreach talk in Energy Materials as part of the Pint of Science Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plastic Freedom Day Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited as an oral speaker to give a presentation on alternative ways of producing bioplastic by using microalgae. The event had the following details:

From: Clare Andrews
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:15:28 PM (UTC) Coordinated Universal Time
To: Clare Andrews; Sharon Velasquez Orta
Subject: Plastic Freedom Day Talk
When: Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:45 PM-1:20 PM.
Where: Star & Shadow Cinema, Warwick St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB

Plastic Free Jesmond & Sandyford community group's Plastic Freedom Day https://www.facebook.com/events/357966041700044/
Event starts 11am - community litter pick (see FB link for details)

YOUR TALK:
1300 Science vs Plastic: Towards Producing Biodegradable Plastics Sharon Velasquez Orta, Newcastle University

If you are able to arrive <12 noon to load talk that would be ideal, otherwise at least 15 mins before please - ask box office or cafe for Clare Andrews (or call me, Clare 07766663358) We have Powerpoint facilities (running on macbook) if wanted, or feel free to bring own laptop (for HDMI connection).
Talk can be 10-15 minutes, depending if you prefer to take audience questions or not (the time slot is 15 mins).

Many thanks!!

Clare
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Pint of Science Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NECEM researcher Tom Penfold presented at the Pint of Science event on 16th May 2018. The aim was to present his latest research and findings in an informal pub setting. The aims of NECEM were presented along with a talk on chemical dynamics at the atomic scale. This led to questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cafe Scientific, Stockton on Tees, 1/06/2018 'Bioinspired solutions in nanotechnology: Carbon Capture and Super-Insulators'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School visit to laboratories (Royal Grammar School, Newcastle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Twenty-five sixth form students attended a visit to my research laboratories and those of Dr. Budhika Mendis at Durham University. There were many questions posed by the students during the visit and very positive feedback was received from the teachers accompanying the students. The school expressed an interest in repeating the visit next academic year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar presented by Dr Natasha Shirshova at Northumbria University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The second seminar in the NECEM series was given on Wednesday 21st February at Northumbria University. The seminar was entitled "Structural energy storage composite supercapacitors". Approximately 40 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/2ndnecemseminar.html
 
Description Seminar presented by Prof Ulrich Stimming at Durham University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 40 people attended the inaugural seminar in a series given by both external speakers and members of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) at Durham University. The seminar, entitled "Molecular Processes in Intercalation and Redox Flow Batteries", was given by the Director of NECEM, Professor Ulrich Stimming, at Durham University. The seminar gave a comprehensive overview of the research published by Professor Stimming's groups into energy storage. The applications of energy storage devices have grown at an increasingly rapid rate. With a wide range of uses from the powering of portable electronics to the stabilisation of smart grids, the demands on device performance are thus very different and an understanding of the molecular processes behind good performance is required for further improvement. Approximately 50 PhD students, PDRA's and academics attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/molecularprocessesinintercalationandredoxflowbatteries.h...
 
Description Summer School on X-rays for Energy Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The first NECEM summer school on X-ray Science for Energy Materials was held at Newcastle on the 5-7th September. Broader training involving policy and media training was also provided, including seminars from POST and the RSC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Terahertz Spectroscopy of Organic Semiconductors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar "Terahertz Spectroscopy of Organic Semiconductors" presented by Dr Natalie Banerji from University of Bern, Switzerland to NECEM postgrads and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/newsevents/terahertzspectroscopyoforganicsemiconductors.html
 
Description The Journal J2 2-page centre special 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Journal devoted a 2-page centre in its J2 section on 7th February 2019 to the success of the CDT in ReNU and explicitly stated that "Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham universities already work in partnership on the £1.8 million North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM)." The combination of these press releases will have resulted in significant regional, national and international reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Youtube Video for Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A youtube video outlining recent research has been made and published.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtnU7_2z2rg&t=9s