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.

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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) Assembly, charge-transfer and solar cell performance with porphyrin-C on NiO for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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

 
Title Video showcasing NECEM research 
Description As part of our ongoing series of engagement activities NECEM commissioned a video showcasing how our research is addressing the urgent need for clean renewable energy. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact As part of our ongoing series of engagement activities NECEM commissioned a video showcasing how our research is addressing the urgent need for clean renewable energy. It was used in the activities we ran as part of the Dippy on Tour exhibit at the Great North Museum over the summer of 2019 and will be used in future engagement activities. 
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necempublicengagementactivities.html
 
Title model of a deconstructed cylindrical lithium ion battery 
Description A model of a deconstructed cylindrical lithium ion battery was designed and built. It shows the general structure of the cylindrical cells, such as positive electrode, negative electrode, separators, top cover, gasket, top insulator, and stainless steel can. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This model was presented in the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle during the Dippy on Tour event. This model was prepared for a showcase to introduce the current research outcome on sustainable and renewable energy technology from universities to the public. This model was used to illustrate the structure and working theory of lithium ion batteries. 
 
Description Project 1: Energy capture and transfer on scalable substrates (ECATSS), Dr Neil Beattie
There are three major findings from the ECATSS sub-project and these are as follows:
1. Establishment of an industrially applicable solar cell fabrication protocol derived from nanometre scale electron microscopy. In this work, an important solar cell fabrication step was performed for the first time inside a transmission electron microscope. This approach was used to improve the macroscopic solar cell performance and is applicable to any solar cell fabrication process requiring heat treatment (annealing). Part of the work was done at NTU, Singapore and the results are reported in ACS Applied Energy Materials.
2. Improved performance of solution-processed inorganic solar cells on flexible foil substrates. In this work, a new technique for the introduction of critical alkali dopants was established. Crucially, the approach is compatible with high-volume, high-value manufacturing. The results are published in Springer Nature's Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics.
3. Replacement of Cd-buffer layers with non-toxic alternatives. The buffer layer is a critical layer in inorganic thin film solar cells and typically contains Cd. In this work, this layer was replaced with In2S3 yielding an efficiency of 7.8%. The results are included in a publication that is in preparation.

Project 2: Powering sensors for smart cities (PSSC), Prof. Lidija Siller
Prof Siller and collaborators have provided a proof that the thermal conductivity of aerogels when doped with nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanowires) has not changed significantly. The behaviour of electrical conductivity is still under the way.
Project 3: Mobility of charges: From fundamental atomic understanding to device models (MOC), Dr Tom Penfold
Project 1:
In the last quarter of 2019 we have continued our study into the super-reduction processes in POMs, and the nature of the synergistic metal-metal bond formation. Our analysis of the electron density has revealed that the possibility to form metal-metal bonds is due to the overlap of metallic d atomic orbitals, which stabilize that highly charged state by allowing the delocalization of electrons among the metallic centers. However, such d-d orbitals have an anti-bonding character with the p orbital of POMs oxygens atoms, which means that further addition of a high number of electrons to metals leads to highly unstable structures. To confirm the stability of super-reduced POMs we have carried out QM/MM (quantum mechanics/ molecular mechanics) dynamics in organic solvents at PBE level. From the QM/MM results we observed that the POMs structure is not significantly entailed when adding up to 9 electrons to the POM, whereas shortenings of few metal-metal distances are observed when 15 electrons are transferred to POM. Further addition of electrons, even up to 24 electrons, shows that more metal-metal bonds are formed, however, at expense of POM stability. Indeed, at such highly charged states POMs fall apart. Our results have been compared to experiment using X-ray spectroscopic calculations and experiments which provide support for our conclusions.
We have also continued our investigation into the electrochemistry of POMs by calculating redox potentials through two approaches: (i) an implicit solvent scheme (ISM), and (ii) free energy sampling model. We have shown that one of the key aspects in POM electrochemistry is providing an explicit description of the environment around the POM and running free energy sampling simulations. On the basis of these results we can say that during the project we have laid the strong foundations for advanced computational modelling of POMs making it more possible to predict their properties. Motivated by these results, we expect to explore new high-performing POM types by making use of above approaches. A paper is in the advanced stages of preparation.
Project 2:
During the last months, we have made great progress in the development of our home-made kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) code, and now have several modules which can be used alongside our quantum dynamics simulations to shed new insight into materials and the interface between materials. Initially, we are studying hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs), and in particular the hole transport materials (HTMs) which largely determines the overall performance and cost of PSCs. This work is being performed in collaboration with one of the PhD student from the ReNU CDT. Our aim is to combine computational and theoretical chemistry together with experimental work to understand improved properties (conductivity, mobility) of organic HTMs with disrupted conjugation in the backbone. Theoretical and experimental data gathered in this work are used as inputs to perform meso-scale simulations with our home-made code. Our target is to submit a joint experimental-theoretical paper in the next few months.
We have also made progress on the study of hyperfluorescence-based organic light emitting diodes (HF-OLEDs) and a theoretical paper will be submitted in the next few weeks. In this work, we show how the different molecular configurations can influence the energy exchange between the two molecules forming the hyperfluorescent system. As a second step, we are finishing to implement some extra modules added to our kMC code to perform meso-scale simulations on such HF-OLEDs devices. These devices require additional physical processes to be taken into account, such as the presence of two kinds of charge carriers or the biding, dynamics, and recombination of excitons. Our target is to submit a multi-scale theoretical paper before the end of the present quarter or the beginning of the next one.
Finally, we are working on the adaptation on this approach to hybrid van der Waals heterostructures, which is a much more challenging task. In a similar spirit, we are first studying their excited state properties at the molecular level, a step being in its final stage, then we are adapting the quantum dynamics approach, used in general for Chemical systems, to such structures. This step is ongoing and we hope to be able to submit a paper during the next quarter.

Additional Projects:
In collaboration for the International Network on Polyoxometalate Science for Advanced Functional Energy Materials (EP/S031170/1) a new project has been begun on photoactive hybrids to provide highly active materials for solar energy conversion and photo(electro) catalysis. We will be using high-level quantum dynamics to study the photoinduced electron transfer in a series of photoactive hybrids based on Keggin-type polyoxometalates (POMs) covalently grafted to bodipy photosensitizers. Experiments for this are being performed at the CLF.
Project 4, Exploiting two-dimensionality for surface Engineering (ETSE), Dr Michael Hunt
The full use of genuinely green and sustainable materials for the production of supercapacitors has been explored. Active carbon material has been produced from waste plant matter and ongoing experiments are targeting the use of green binders to produce electrodes both from naturally-sourced carbons and from shear-exfoliated grapheme. Pseudocapacitive electrode materials have been successfully produced by incorporation of MnO2 into binder-free exfoliated graphene. An investigation has been completed into the effects of shear exfoliation conditions on the performance of supercapacitor electrode performance and a publication is in preparation.

Project 5: Tailored interfaces for flexible renewable energy systems (TIFRES), Prof Steve Bull
We have been developing materials and modelling approaches for the design of tidal turbine systems. Fatigue data in seawater from carbon fibre and nonwoven glass fibre epoxy composites is being produced to match material used by Nautricity . This is being used to define performance, life and failure envelopes for high flow tidal stream turbines and we are extending this work to cheaper composites (e.g. with chopped strand matt reinforcement) which may be used in lower tidal stream velocity devices. We have also been working on potential glass recovery strategies for the recycling of end-of-life wind and tidal turbine blades.
Our Hysitron Triboindenter was upgraded to state-of-the-art last year. The upgrade was at a substantial discount due to out strong links with Bruker-Hysitron. This has enabled us to offer mechanical characterisation for 100nm and thicker layers and particles that are embedded in substrates to the project partners. We have continued to test a range of organic semiconductor coatings (100-300nm thick), multiphase coal and shale materials, perovskite coatings and composite materials. This has highlighted the need to develop finite element modelling approaches incorporating hyperelasticity and viscoelastic/viscoplastic response to explain experimental results and facilitate design studies.
Flex Fund Project 1 Nanoscale Interfacial Engineering of Antimony-based Absorber Materials for PV Applications, Dr Vincent Barrioz
This project aims at engineering the interfaces for improved performance of photovoltaic solar cells based on an emerging absorber material. The objectives of this NECEM Flex Fund project complement the areas covered by NECEM on "Energy Materials and Applications", especially relating to "Earth-abundant materials", "Low dimensional materials" and "Porous scaffolds". This early stage research and its research team's expertise will therefore benefit the NECEM consortium and wider research community, by demonstrating higher open-circuit voltage, leading to higher conversion efficiencies for immediate impact. By exploring the potential route of nanostructured cells (ETA cell and absorber nanowires), reduced raw material at the nanoscale can provide a path to new low-cost scalable PV technology in the longer term, yielding even greater impact. K.J. Lesker will also directly benefit through showcasing the capabilities of their ALD equipment and quality of materials deposited. This proposal aims at addressing some of the barriers to commercialisation of potentially transformative energy technology using Earth abundant energy material, to improve the quality of life & economy in the UK.

Flex Fund Project 2 Photoelectrocatalytic systems for solar fuels, Dr Elizabeth Gibson
The Photoelectrocatalytic systems for solar fuels flex fund project focuses on the using sunlight to split water to generate hydrogen or convert CO2 to carbon-based fuels and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Newcastle University and Dublin City University. While results are promising, the development of these dye-sensitised photoelectrochemical cells is challenging as the underlying mechanism of many steps in the catalysis cycle remains unclear. In collaboration with experts at the Central Laser Facility and Reading University/Reading Spectroelectrochemistry we have developed an approach to detect the various short-lived intermediates in the catalytic cycle and extract their structure and lifetime. This mechanistic information is critical towards the development of highly selective catalysts, to make "solar fuels" an economically viable solution to storing the intermittent energy from sunlight, and using it for heat and transport. Our ongoing work in this project is using this information to make better devices.

Flex Fund Project 3 Efficient Electrocatalytic system for Multi-carbon Products from CO2 Electrochemical Reduction, Dr Eileen Yu
Developed a binary metal oxide based catalyst configurations with cascading sequential reactions to reduce CO2 to CO with selectivity > 90%.
Exploitation Route The current research findings from NECEM project will be used to develop collaborations with industrial partner and other research groups within and outside UK. The research has resulted in one spin-out company and there are are plans for two further spin-out companies.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU, EP/S023836/1, £5.4M) will train 65 doctoral candidates in small-to-medium scale renewable energy. This builds on the 4th and 5th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) meetings (Oct 2017 and Jan 2019 respectively) which involved >50 industry representatives in the design of ReNU's training programme.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/
 
Description Current findings from NECEM project have been used to investigate more collaborations between universities and industries to seek further applications of the studies. This could have impacts on the economic and societal aspects. Beside collaboration, research has also been used to set up company for scale-up production. An international conference on energy materials and interfaces was held by NECEM on 29th July to 1st August, 2019 in Newcastle for researchers to communicate the current findings and plan for future work. An event was held at Hancock Museum during the Dippy on Tour to showcase the current knowledge and research in energy from three neighbouring universities based on this project. During this event, a number of models were presented to the public to illustrate the research on energy technology. A significant impact from NECEM including the Energy Capture and Transfer on Scalable Substrates (ECATSS) sub-project, is the establishment of a complimentary EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU, EP/S023836/1, £5.4M) which will train 65 doctoral candidates in small-to-medium scale renewable energy. This builds on the 4th and 5th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) meetings (Oct 2017 and Jan 2019 respectively) which involved >50 industry representatives in the design of ReNU's training programme. The combination of ReNU and NECEM resulted in Beattie (NECEM Co-I and ECATSS lead) co-founding the North East Local Enterprise Partnership's Energy Catalyst group with industry partners (ORE Catapult, Northern Gas Networks, British Engines) in July 2019. An early outcome from this group was a coherent, regional bid involving the NECEM partners and industry to the UKRI Strength in Places Wave 2 call (submitted Oct 2019). This group also inputs to the Local Industrial Strategy and was represented at UK Government level via Beattie's participation in a CBI Breakfast Roundtable (Sept 2019) and Zoppi's attendance at the House of Lords for the launch of the UK Solar Commission (July 2019). Through the Powering sensors for smart cities (PSSC) project Prof Lidija Siller with Dr Xiao Han have set-up the spin out company Dragonfly Insulation Ltd. to manufacture aerogels as a result of this grant and previous grant EP/R000131/1 (Aerogel composites for carbon capture and thermal management in commercial buildings - Feasibility Study). Aerogels are the best insulators known to man, they are inflammable, ultralight and sound proof. Aerogels will be manufactured in North East of England. As part of the Tailored interfaces for flexible renewable energy systems (TIFRES) project Prof Steve Bull has developed materials and modelling approaches for the design of tidal turbine systems. Fatigue data in seawater from carbon fibre and nonwoven glass fibre epoxy composites is being used to define performance, life and failure envelopes for high flow tidal stream turbines. Prof. Ulrich Stimming has had negotiations with Siemens and other companies to support and invest in a planned spin-out company on Novel Redox Flow Batteries.He received a grant of £9k from Siemens in 2020 to aid in the company set-up.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Cynora GmBH, Germany: - Energy Transfer Processes
Amount £37,635 (GBP)
Organisation Cynora GmBH 
Sector Private
Country Germany
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 Public
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 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2019
 
Description Northumbria University Fabrication (NU-FAB)
Amount £113,000 (GBP)
Organisation North East Combined Authority 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
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 Bi-functional air electrodes for metal-air batteries 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution experimental set up, data collection and analysis
Collaborator Contribution provide catalysis for testing
Impact project on going
Start Year 2020
 
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 Corning Inc., USA 
Organisation Corning Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Through the NECEM project, Northumbria University has built solar cells on substrates provided by Corning Inc.
Collaborator Contribution Corning Inc. provide the substrates
Impact The collaboration is at an early stage. Following the publication of a NECEM outcome, a Senior Scientist from Corning approach Beattie to initiate a collaboration. The result was execution of an NDA, a meeting at Corning's US R&D headquarters, the provision of specialist substrates from Corning, initial attempts to build solar cells on these substrates and a teleconference to review preliminary data ahead of more experiments planned for 2020.
Start Year 2019
 
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
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
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 Lifetime measurement of emerging PV 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This consortium will be developing a facility for determining the lifetime of emerging PV devices, accepting devices from a range of academic partners.
Collaborator Contribution Partners will play a role in the development of the system and use it once it is completed.
Impact None yet, as the flex fund proposal was only funded in Feb 2020.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Lifetime measurement of emerging PV 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This consortium will be developing a facility for determining the lifetime of emerging PV devices, accepting devices from a range of academic partners.
Collaborator Contribution Partners will play a role in the development of the system and use it once it is completed.
Impact None yet, as the flex fund proposal was only funded in Feb 2020.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Lifetime measurement of emerging PV 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This consortium will be developing a facility for determining the lifetime of emerging PV devices, accepting devices from a range of academic partners.
Collaborator Contribution Partners will play a role in the development of the system and use it once it is completed.
Impact None yet, as the flex fund proposal was only funded in Feb 2020.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Modelling of charge injection 
Organisation University of Graz
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaborative project involves developing improved models to predict charge injection from metals to organic materials. CG's contribution was in providing information about Kinetic Monte Carlo
Collaborator Contribution Graz's contribution was a student, determination of the direction of the work, and analysis.
Impact We anticipate 2 papers from this work, which are currently being drafted.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Modelling of light-emitting field effect devices 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team provided experimental data, design of work programme, and direction of the work.
Collaborator Contribution Provided expertise in drift-diffusion modelling
Impact We anticipate a number of papers from this project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Neil Beattie collaboration with SPIE Photonics West 
Organisation International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 Photoinduced electron transfer in polyoxometalate-bodipy hybrids for solar fuels 
Organisation Lund University
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The work is a collaboration between Newcastle University and Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, Sorbonne Université and the results from our previous experiments at RAL have been published in Chemical Science and the article featured on the Chemical Science Blog "HOT Chemical Science articles for May". This project focuses on the study of hybrid organic/inorganic molecular photoactive dyads for harnessing solar energy. The hybrids are based on a Keggin-type polyoxometalates (POMs) covalently grafted to bodipy photosensitizers (PS). POMs are attractive candidates for the development of photochemical devices for solar energy conversion because of their capability to accumulate multiple electrons, which are required for photocatalysis. However, fundamental insights on the kinetics of electron transfer (and reorganization energy of POMs through electron injection) are still missing, yet crucial. We have been using Ultra at the Rutherford Appleton laboratories and Lund Laser Labs to carry out studies on the fundamental electron transfer dynamics using TA and TRIR. Our work has demonstrated the benefit of the modular design of the system, i.e. the tuneability of the electronic properties of the photosensitizer and POM subunits, which enables fine control of the charge-transfer dynamics in the hybrids for further applications in photoelectrochemical devices. We have also quantified the effect of the environment (cation choice, pH) on the intramolecular electron transfer dynamics.
Collaborator Contribution The synthesis is performed by Guillaume Izzet at Sorbonne university. We perform ultrafast transient spectroscopy to examine the photophysics at Lund Laser Labs (through Laserlabs Europe) and the Ultra Facility at the Central Laser Facility at Harwell.
Impact multidisciplinary: chemical synthesis, photophysics, catalysis, electrochemistry.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Photoinduced electron transfer in polyoxometalate-bodipy hybrids for solar fuels 
Organisation Sorbonne University
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The work is a collaboration between Newcastle University and Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, Sorbonne Université and the results from our previous experiments at RAL have been published in Chemical Science and the article featured on the Chemical Science Blog "HOT Chemical Science articles for May". This project focuses on the study of hybrid organic/inorganic molecular photoactive dyads for harnessing solar energy. The hybrids are based on a Keggin-type polyoxometalates (POMs) covalently grafted to bodipy photosensitizers (PS). POMs are attractive candidates for the development of photochemical devices for solar energy conversion because of their capability to accumulate multiple electrons, which are required for photocatalysis. However, fundamental insights on the kinetics of electron transfer (and reorganization energy of POMs through electron injection) are still missing, yet crucial. We have been using Ultra at the Rutherford Appleton laboratories and Lund Laser Labs to carry out studies on the fundamental electron transfer dynamics using TA and TRIR. Our work has demonstrated the benefit of the modular design of the system, i.e. the tuneability of the electronic properties of the photosensitizer and POM subunits, which enables fine control of the charge-transfer dynamics in the hybrids for further applications in photoelectrochemical devices. We have also quantified the effect of the environment (cation choice, pH) on the intramolecular electron transfer dynamics.
Collaborator Contribution The synthesis is performed by Guillaume Izzet at Sorbonne university. We perform ultrafast transient spectroscopy to examine the photophysics at Lund Laser Labs (through Laserlabs Europe) and the Ultra Facility at the Central Laser Facility at Harwell.
Impact multidisciplinary: chemical synthesis, photophysics, catalysis, electrochemistry.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Photonic Curing 
Organisation NovaCentrix
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Through the NECEM project, Northumbria University has provided NovaCentrix with solar cell absorber layers for photonic curing.
Collaborator Contribution NovaCentrix has performed photonic curing on Northumbria samples and participated in data analysis and review meetings.
Impact The outcomes are 36 samples that have been subjected to photonic curing. The aim is to characterise this parameter space and then build solar cells using the technique.
Start Year 2019
 
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 National University of Singapore
Department Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dissemination of knowledge of NECEM and the Faraday Challenge.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of knowledge.
Impact Exchange of knowledge and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prof. Stimming networking visits to set up collaborations with instutions researching energy materials 
Organisation National University of Singapore
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dissemination of knowledge of NECEM and the Faraday Challenge.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of knowledge.
Impact Exchange of knowledge and expertise.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prof. Stimming networking visits to set up collaborations with instutions researching energy materials 
Organisation Temasek Polytechnic
Department Clean Energy Research Centre
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dissemination of knowledge of NECEM and the Faraday Challenge.
Collaborator Contribution Exchange of knowledge.
Impact Exchange of knowledge 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 Study the electrocatalysis of vanadium redox reactions 
Organisation Technical University Ilmenau
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Experiment set up, data collection and analysis, paper writing
Collaborator Contribution data analysis and paper writing
Impact A paper has been published from this collaboration work "The vanadium redox reactions - electrocatalysis versus non-electrocatalysis".
Start Year 2019
 
Description supramolecular photocatalysts for photoelectrochemical water splitting 
Organisation Dublin City University
Department School of Chemical Sciences
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our role is to immobilise photocatalysts onto NiO cathodes and to test them in photoelectrocatalytic devices for water splitting.
Collaborator Contribution Mary Pryce & colleagues are preparing supramolecular photocatalysts for H+ reduction to H2 At RAL we are measuring the light-induced charge-transfer dynamics and correlating the results with the device performance. NEXUS are characterising the electrode surfaces we prepare using XPS & TOF-SIM
Impact Photoelectrocatalytic H2 Evolution from Integrated Photocatalysts Adsorbed on NiO, Nils Põldme, Laura O'Reilly, Fiona Black, Ian Fletcher, Igor Sazanovich Michael Towrie, Conor Long, Johannes G. Vos, Mary T. Pryce* and Elizabeth A. Gibson*, 2019, Chemical science, 10, 1, 99-112.
Start Year 2014
 
Description supramolecular photocatalysts for photoelectrochemical water splitting 
Organisation Nexus
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our role is to immobilise photocatalysts onto NiO cathodes and to test them in photoelectrocatalytic devices for water splitting.
Collaborator Contribution Mary Pryce & colleagues are preparing supramolecular photocatalysts for H+ reduction to H2 At RAL we are measuring the light-induced charge-transfer dynamics and correlating the results with the device performance. NEXUS are characterising the electrode surfaces we prepare using XPS & TOF-SIM
Impact Photoelectrocatalytic H2 Evolution from Integrated Photocatalysts Adsorbed on NiO, Nils Põldme, Laura O'Reilly, Fiona Black, Ian Fletcher, Igor Sazanovich Michael Towrie, Conor Long, Johannes G. Vos, Mary T. Pryce* and Elizabeth A. Gibson*, 2019, Chemical science, 10, 1, 99-112.
Start Year 2014
 
Description supramolecular photocatalysts for photoelectrochemical water splitting 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Central Laser Facility
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our role is to immobilise photocatalysts onto NiO cathodes and to test them in photoelectrocatalytic devices for water splitting.
Collaborator Contribution Mary Pryce & colleagues are preparing supramolecular photocatalysts for H+ reduction to H2 At RAL we are measuring the light-induced charge-transfer dynamics and correlating the results with the device performance. NEXUS are characterising the electrode surfaces we prepare using XPS & TOF-SIM
Impact Photoelectrocatalytic H2 Evolution from Integrated Photocatalysts Adsorbed on NiO, Nils Põldme, Laura O'Reilly, Fiona Black, Ian Fletcher, Igor Sazanovich Michael Towrie, Conor Long, Johannes G. Vos, Mary T. Pryce* and Elizabeth A. Gibson*, 2019, Chemical science, 10, 1, 99-112.
Start Year 2014
 
Company Name DRAGONFLY INSULATION LTD 
Description Prof Lidija Siller and Dr Xiao Han have Spin out company from Newcastle University. Purpose of company is to manufacture aerogels, the most porous materials and most insulating material known to man. Silica aerogels are also nonflammable and acoustic insulators. Aim of company is to produce powders, granules and panels of aerogels that can be used in various applications (such as rendering, plastering, concrete, paint etc..). For the past 7 years Prof Siller and Dr Han developed new method of processing aerogels, by ambient pressure drying method with inorganic water based solvents that cut 10 fold production of aerogels. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact The company aims to manufacture in next 18 months, first a one ton quantity of aerogels in order to obtain certification so that company can sell in UK and abroad.
Website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIwRPrapMbc
 
Description NECEM Summer School on NMR and EPR Spectroscopy for Energy Materials. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The NECEM Summer School on NMR and EPR Spectroscopy for Energy Materials took place on 2nd-4th September 2019 at Newcastle University. It was attended by 60 post grad students and PDRAs.
Speakers included:
Dr Phoebe Allan (Birmingham University)
Dr Christopher O'Keefe (Cambridge University)
Dr John Griffin (Lancaster University)
Professor Eric McInnes (Manchester University)
Dr Elizabeth Castillo-Martínez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Dr Frederic Blanc (University of Liverpool)
Dr Jon Helliwell (CPI) who is a member of the NECEM Industrial Advisory Board, delivered a well received talk on "Innovation: Experience from the Process Industry".
Dr Jess Wade from Imperial College delivered an inspirational talk on diversity in academia ,social media and also talked about her sterling work tackling gender bias on Wikipedia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemsummerschool2019.html
 
Description Reimagining Research Culture Town Hall - Newcastle 16th January 2020 
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 Case Study and Panel Discussion - Welcome Trust: Reimagining Research Culture Town Hall - Newcastle 16th January 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 6th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) workshop 
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 6th NEEM meeting occurred as part of the inaugural ReNU CDT week. The programme included included industry speakers from BASF, Shell, Equiwatt and EpiValence. It also included interaction opportunities (break out sessions and posters) for CDT students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Can crude analysis alone determine prospects for energy materials? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Publication in Physics World (IoP Publishing) reflecting on two contrasting decades of growth in renewable energy. The article achieved 1047 views in the first week after publishing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://physicsworld.com/a/can-crude-analysis-alone-determine-prospects-for-energy-materials/
 
Description Dippy on Tour 
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 Showcase the current knowledge and research in energy from three neighbouring universities to present our vision for a sustainable future, including zero carbon emissions, in the context of past, present and future environmental change. The following multisensory activities will be included:
• 10 objects to look at: a selection of items showcasing emerging renewable energy technology: bioreactor, solar powered racing car, wind turbine blade, model landscape (geothermal), model Sinclair heat engine, printable solar cells, redox flow battery, Solar hydrogen generator and hydrogen fuel cell along with an interactive quiz to guess how much power is generated in the UK from each of these technologies.
• Interactive Eco Board game 'In my Beehood' made from carved wood. The game's aim of getting from beehive to plants and back highlights a number of obstacles connected with modern environmental and social issues.
• Spoken Poetry linked to the themes in the board game. Encouraging children to contribute to the poem as they play the game.
• Posters highlighting change of architecture and design of homes through evolution of our energy use and technology culminating in visitors making Lego models of ideas for future buildings/landmarks as powerstations.
• Meet the experts: short discussions/workshops with students and academics researching the science of renewable energy.
• Underpinned by timeline posters connecting dinosaur extinction, bird migration patterns, climate change, carbon levels and possible futures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/dippy-on-tour
 
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 Establishment of Energy Catalyst group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Co-founding of the Energy Catalyst group chaired by the NE LEP. Governed by a formal MOU (signed July 2019), the group includes Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities together with industry (ORE Catapult, British Engines, Northern Gas Networks, BT). The group meets quarterly and in 2020 will establish new projects. An initial outcome from the group was a coherent UKRI SIPF2 bid led by Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.northeastlep.co.uk/news/north-east-energy-catalyst-ready-to-deliver-on-global-challenges
 
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 European Researcher Night, Hancock Museum 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ~50 people engaged with our stall at the European Researcher Night at the Hancock museum. We showcased photochemistry, photolithography, printable solar cells and solar water splitting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/great-north-nights
 
Description First CONEXS Summer School on X-ray Spectroscopy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Summer Schools will provide introductory lectures to X-Ray Spectroscopy, as well as lectures and practical workshops led by experts in the field. Our first Summer School was hosted by Newcastle University on the 10-12 September 2019, focusing on the near-edge structure of X-Ray absorption spectra including FDMNES and CP2K.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/conexs/summerschool/
 
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 Launch of UK Solar Commission, House of Lords 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Launch of UK Solar Commission at the House of Lords
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.regen.co.uk/project/solar-commission/
 
Description NECEM Energy Storage Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted by Professor Ulrich Stimming, NECEM director, Newcastle University, the Energy Storage workshop provided a unique opportunity for group discussions. The main focus of the workshop was polyoxometalates. It took place on 2nd August 2019. Dr Han-Yi Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan and her group attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemenergystorageworkshop.html
 
Description NECEM Photovoltaic Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 56 delegates attended the Photovoltaic Workshop on 2nd August 2019 at Newcastle University. Leading researchers will give specialist overviews of key knowledge essential for postgraduate students and postdocs focussing on a variety of solar PV materials and device research. Talks included optoelectronic techniques, solid-state NMR and simulation models in organic photovoltaic diodes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemphotovoltaicworkshop.html
 
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 Seminar: "Metal coordination compounds in electrochemical energy storage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Kathryn Toghill from Lancaster University presented a NECEM Seminar entitled "Metal coordination compounds in electrochemical energy storage" on Tuesday 18th February 2020, at Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemseminarmetalcoordinationcompoundsinelectrochemicalenergys...
 
Description NECEM Seminar: Architectural Design, Building Performance Simulation and Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Neveen Hamza from Newcastle University is an architect and a building scientist with an interest in the relationships between architectural design, building performance simulation and energy consumption, human well-being and sustainability from a technical and social perspective. She presented a NECEM seminar on 13th November 2020 at Newcastle University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemseminararchitecturaldesignbuildingperformancesimulationan...
 
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 NECEM seminar: "Computational discovery of molecular materials" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Kim Jelfs of Imperial College, London presented a NECEM seminar: "Computational discovery of molecular materials" on Wednesday 26th June 2019 at Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/computationaldiscoveryofmolecularmaterials.html
 
Description NECEM seminar: "Magnetic Resonance Studies of Solid-State Ionic Conductors" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Gillian R. Goward from McMaster University, Canada delivered a NECEM seminar entitled "Magnetic Resonance Studies of Solid-State Ionic Conductors" on Tuesday 22nd October at 2-3 pm at Newcastle University. Gillian also had meetings with several academics including Karen Johnston from Durham regarding on-going collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/magneticresonancestudiesofsolid-stateionicconductors.html
 
Description NECEM seminar: "Modelling of organic semiconductors for solar energy harvesting, data storage and sensors - from molecules to devices" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Roderick MacKenzie from the University of Nottingham delivered a NECEM seminar entitled "Modelling of organic semiconductors for solar energy harvesting, data storage and sensors - from molecules to devices" on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at Durham University. He met with Dr Chris Groves who he collaborates with.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/modellingoforganicsemiconductorsforsolarenergyharvesting.html
 
Description NECEM seminar: "SHINing Light on Electrode Interfaces" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Laurence J. Hardwick from University of Liverpool presented a NECEM seminar entitled: "SHINing Light on Electrode Interfaces".on 20th March 2019 at Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/shininglightonelectrodeinterfaces.html
 
Description NECEM seminar: "Sono-Electrocatalysis: The Use of Sound for the Development of Water Electrolyser and Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Bruno G. Pollet from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim presented a NECEM Seminar: "Sono-Electrocatalysis: The Use of Sound for the Development of Water Electrolyser and Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts" on Wednesday 4th March 2020, at Newcastle University. he met with several NECEM academics including Elizabeth Gibson and Ulrich Stimming as well as several others in the local Energy materials community to discuss future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemseminarsono-electrocatalysis.html
 
Description NECEM seminar: "Transforming (photo)electrochemical activity using interfacial nano-layers" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Matthew T. Mayer of the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy presented a NECEM seminar: "Transforming (photo)electrochemical activity using interfacial nano-layers" on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/transformingphotoelectrochemicalactivityusinginterfacialnano-l...
 
Description NECEM: "Electrochemical STM (EC-STM) studies of lithium ion battery processes" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The NECEM International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces was held in Newcastle, UK on 29th July to 1st August, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iom3.org/event/b/necem-international-conference-energy-materials-and-interfaces
 
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 Organised an Open public lecture, Aerogels: from Science to Art took place on 17th September 2019, Hatton gallery, Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact presentation by Dr. Michail Petkov (NASA Jet propulsion Laboratory, MIT, USA) and Dr. Ioannis Michaloudis (Greek aerogel scientist and artist). Attracted over 30 attendees including business, artists, scientist and engineers, with exhibition of aerogels sculptures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Organised as International Chair ''1st International Conference on Aerogel Inspired Materials'', 18-20th September, 2019 Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Siller was a Chair of international Committee and Organasing Chair.
There was 58 registered people from science and business background, from over 10 countries (USA, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Isrel, Thailand, France, Canada, Spain, UK). I was a Chair of International and local organising committee.
The Second International Conference on Aerogel Inspired Materials is scheduled for last week of July, 2021, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. As a Chair I started this dedicated Aerogel conference that will circulate around different countries and continents in the future, until now it is only one dedicated conferences on Aerogel in this field and was always hosted by Germany or France every 2 years for the past 8 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/aerogelinspiredmaterialsconf2019/
 
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 Participation in MISE centre meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact CG presented a poster of his recent work on organic ternary blend OPV systems whilst also promoting the NECEM centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in NanoGe Fall meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Members of CG's research group attended the international NanoGe Fall meeting to give presentations on use of ternary blends to maximise lifetime and efficiency of organic PVs respectively.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nanoge.org/NFM19/home
 
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 Public outreach, 2019 August, Great North Museum (Hancock) Dippy on Tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public STEM event for general public on Renewable energy. Introduced the renewable concept to the children and disseminate some of the publications.
It was a whole day event, with more than 100 people and families.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research seminar at the University of Luxembourg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Research presentation hosted by Dr Philip Dale, University of Luxembourg. Main impact was dissemination of insights on processing solar cells, for the first time, inside a transmission electron microscope.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Seminar: Using Low-Cost Renewable Energy for Waste Valorisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Z. Jason Ren (@zjasonren) is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves the Associate Director for Research in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. His research focuses on environmental bioengineering with special expertise in resource recovery from waste streams and in broad areas linked to the "water-energy nexus". He came to present a seminar entitles: "Using Low-Cost Renewable Energy for Waste Valorisation" to the NECEM community on 22nd January 2020. Prof. Ren already collaborates with NECEM researcher Eileen Yu and the seminar helped to educate our community about the work they are doing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/necemseminarusinglow-costrenewableenergyforwastevalorisation.h...
 
Description Summer School on NMR and EPR for Energy Materials. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 70 students attended a workshop on NMR and EPR for understanding and developing Energy Materials. The primary objective was training of PGR students. The workshop also included training on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and on how to link with industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Energy Opportunity, CBI Breakfast Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CBI industry event with national representation from BEIS. The objective of the event was to promote energy opportunities in the North East.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/the-energy-opportunity/
 
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 UK Energy Storage Conference: "Electrochemical Energy Storage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This UK Energy Storage Conference was held in Newcastle, UK, 03-05 September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://newcastlehelix.com/events/2019/09/03/uk-energy-storage-conference-2019
 
Description UK Energy Storage Conference: "Up-scaling of the All-POM redox flow battery" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This UK Energy Storage Conference was held in Newcastle, UK, 03-05 September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://newcastlehelix.com/events/2019/09/03/uk-energy-storage-conference-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
 
Description https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/neceminternationalconferenceonenergymaterialsandinterfaces.html 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We welcomed over 170 delegates over the week, with many travelling considerable distances to join us. We had delegates and speakers from China, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Algeria, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, The USA, Turkey and Portugal. We had many high profile and diverse speakers from a range of areas including:
Flexible photovoltaics
2D materials
electrical and electrochemical energy storage
Computational simulations of interfaces in energy capture devices
Tailored interfaces in turbines
Thermoelectric devices
Biofuels and bio fuel cells
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/news/neceminternationalconferenceonenergymaterialsandinterfaces.htm...