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Reference Number EP/K032518/1
Title Characterisation of Nanomaterials for Energy
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 25%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 25%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor A Kirkland
No email address given
Materials
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2013
End Date 31 May 2018
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £1,094,904
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South East
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor A Kirkland , Materials, University of Oxford (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Dr MJ Booth , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr TJ (James ) Marrow , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr AJ Wilkinson , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor C Grovenor , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr M P Moody , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr JH Warner , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor MR Castell , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr JM Smith , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr AAR Watt , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr PD Nellist , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
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Objectives
Abstract Characterisation underpins all developments in new materials for energy where structural, chemical and electronic information across length scales is needed to develop a complete understanding of the relationship between materials properties, function and structure.The renewal of the Oxford Materials Characterisation Platform grant focuses on the Characterisation of Nanoscale Materials for Energy to flexibly support an expanded team of skilled post-doctoral research scientists working collaboratively on the characterisation of a range of energy related materials related to the nuclear industry, catalysis and solar and fuel cell technology.The platform grant renewal will support key staff between fixed term contacts to enable them to develop their independent research careers. In addition we will also use the platform grant to "pump prime" a number of evolving and strategically important interdisciplinary research directions.We will develop correlated methods for the characterisation of energy materials using1. All available signals arising from electron scattering in the (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscope (S)TEM) for structural and chemical analysis at the atomic scale.3. NanoSIMS in characterising nuclear materials degradation and polymeric materials.4. Super resolution optical microscopy and spectroscopy, and correlating these with equivalent electron based methods in studies of photocatalysts5. Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) to understand model catalysts and ceramic membranes for fuel cells6. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) for the characterisation of nanoparticles for catalysis7. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) to characterise long range strain and deformation in materials for comparison with atomistic data obtained from EM, APT and STM.Overall, this platform grant renewal will sustain and startegically develop a research team which brings together all the relevant skills needed to support a comprehensive characterisation strategy, so that progress can be made towards materials characterisation of energy materials relevant to UK industry
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