Electrochemical-Structural Correlations of Complex Metal-Carbon Nanostructures with Energy Storage Performance.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Chemistry


The project will involve the investigation of structure and functional properties of metal complexes, molecules and nanoparticles and their composites with carbon nanomaterials. Glen will develop new synthetic approaches for the hybrid nanostructures and study their physicochemical properties, including magnetic, electric and catalytic activities. He will characterise the new hybrid materials by a range of spectroscopy and microscopy techniques using the state of art facilities in the School of Chemistry and the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Center. Applications of the new hybrid materials developed in his project as hybrid electrodes for energy-storage and conversion will be investigated. Specifically, the project will be focus on establishing electrochemical-structural correlations to achieve energy-storage systems and electrocatalysts with an excellent cycling stability.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N50970X/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1892067 Studentship EP/N50970X/1 01/07/2016 31/10/2019 Glen Murray
Description I have been involved in the development of an in situ electrochemical method for the formation of a new active catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction. In the form of metal nanoparticles encapsulated at the step edges of graphitised nanofibers (GNFs). Once activated the catalyst competes with commercial catalysts and shows an increased stability with respect to electrochemical cycling.
Exploitation Route Activated materials generated by the in situ electrochemical methods can be applied to other catalytic electrochemical problems such as the oxygen evolution reaction and oxygen reduction reaction. Fundamental knowledge of the behaviour of the carbon support can be applied to other materials synthesised in the future. Eventually due to the reduced metal loading and increased stability these catalysts have the potential to be used in hydrogen fuel cells or water electrolyzers.
Sectors Electronics,Energy,Transport

Description Diamond Light Source 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Department Beam Instrumentation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Synthesis of porous hydrogen bonded networks of iron spin crossover complexes and high charge and size tetracarboxylate counter ions
Collaborator Contribution Diamond Light Source I19 provided synchrotron beam time through the University of Nottingham BAG time for single crystal X-ray difraction experiments. Also through a separate proposal written by myself for high pressure single crystal experiments
Impact Crystal structures generated for my thesis and eventually publication.
Start Year 2017