The majority of my research interests are based around energy and hydrogen technologies. This includes activities on fuel cells, water electrolysis and recently conversion of biofuels in electrochemical reactors. I have an interest in surface chemistry, particularly using x-ray based methods to understand how and why reactions proceed on various surfaces. I have experience utilising synchrotron radiation to determine structure of materials and the binding of species to surfaces at the atomic scale under industrially relevant reaction conditions.
Another interest is the structure and formation of the electrode-electrolyte interface or electric double layer. This layer is of fundamental importance to all interfacial processes but in many cases the structure of this layer is un-resolved. I am particularly interested in the role that electron accumulation, space-layer charging and proton injection has on the structure of the electric double layer and electrode surface of conductive metal oxides, as this is most likely correlated to electrocatalytic activity.