Hybrid Nanostructured Materials for Energy
The search for green alternative sources of energy is of great importance. To battle increasing global warming created by the use of fossil fuels, and to meet the UK’s 2050 climate change targets, new alternative technologies must be developed. Some of these include fuel cells, solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors and water electrolysers. Not only technologies, but research in new materials is equally crucial. Our group focuses in developing new nanostructures, composite and hybrid materials that can replace currently employed noble metals. Oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are key processes taking place in most of these devices, and are also focus of our studies. Not much research has been done to understand the effect of nanostructuring, hybridisation between various electrochemically active materials and understanding the structure-property relationships to allow an improved performance.