John Irvine

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John Irvine FRSE, FRSC is Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. His first degree is in Chemical Physics from Edinburgh University and he obtained a DPhil from the University of Ulster in Photoelectrochemistry. He performed his postdoctoral studies working with Anthony West in Aberdeen and was subsequently appointed to a BP/RSE fellowship, lectureship and senior lectureship at Aberdeen University. In 1999 he moved to the University of St Andrews as Reader and then Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.

He is a Co-director of the Energy Technology Partnership, and Co-director of the current Supergen Hydrogen and Fuel Cell hub.  Irvine led the European Science Foundation Programme on the Optimisation of Solid State Electrochemical Processes for the Oxidation of Hydrocarbons as well as two EU Research Training Networks on protonics and SOFC anodes. Irvine is a European Councillor of the International Society for Solid State Ionics and is on the Editorial Board for Journal of Materials Chemistry. He is currently a member of the DeTao Maters Academy, Guest Professor at Hefei University of Technology, Beijing and a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

John was awarded the RSC Sustainable Energy Award in 2015, previously being awarded RSC Materials Chemistry (09), Bacon (03) and Beilby (99) awards/medals as well as many International Awards and Fellowships.

His research interests are in solid state ionics, new materials, ceramic processing, electrochemistry, fuel cell technology, hydrogen, photoelectrochemistry, electrochemical conversion and heterogeneous catalysis. He has around 400 publications in refereed scientific journals.

He heads a large team of over 50 researchers and his main programmes of activity relate to:

• understanding oxide ion conductivity
• finding new electronic conductors for fuel cells
• developing fuel flexible SOFC anodes
• understanding ion conductivity in oxides
• high performance fuel cell electrolytes
• direct carbon fuel cells
• durability and resistance in high temperature fuel cells
• production of hydrogen through electrolysis
• electrochemical production of ammonia and hydrocarbons through solid state electrolysis
• solid solution formation and phase equilibria studies
• new materials research
• ceramics processing


Contact information

School of Chemistry,
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9ST
Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463817


Selected publications

1. “Remarkable transition from rocksalt/perovskite layered structure to fluorite/rocksalt layered structure in rapidly cooled Ln2CuO4
Patabendige, C. N. K. Azad, A. K. Connor, P. A. Rolle, A. Irvine, J. T. S.
Sci. Rep. 2013 3, 1504

2. “In Situ growth of nanoparticles through control of non-stoichiometry”
Neagu, D. Tsekouras, G. Miller, D. N. Menard, H. Irvine, J. T. S.
Nat. Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.1773.

3. “A Red Metallic Oxide Photocatalyst”
X. Xu, C. Randorn, P. Efstathiou and J.T.S. Irvine,
Nat. Mater., 2012, 11, 595-598.

4. “Demonstration of High Power, Direct conversion of Waste-Derived Carbon in a Hybrid Direct Carbon Fuel Cell”
C. Jiang, J. Ma, A.D. Bonaccorso and J.T.S. Irvine,
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012 5 6973- 6980

5. “Impedance Studies on LSCM/GDC Cathode for High Temperature CO2 Electrolysis”
X. Yue, J.T.S. Irvine,
Electrochem. Solid State Lett., 2012, 15, B31-B34.

6. “Advanced Electrochemical Properties of LnBa0.5Sr0.5Co2O5+δ (Ln = Pr, Sm, and Gd) as Cathode Materials for IT-SOFC”
JH Kim, M Cassidy, JTS Irvine, and J Bae,
J.Electrochem. Soc., 2009, 15, B682-B689.

7. “Activation and Ripening of Impregnated Manganese Containing Perovskite SOFC Electrodes under Redox Cycling”
G Corre, G Kim, M Cassidy, J Vohs, R Gorte, and JTS Irvine,
Chemistry of Materials, 2009, 21, 1077–1084.

8. “A Stable, Easily Sintered Proton Conducting Oxide Electrolyte for Moderate Temperature Fuel Cells and Electrolysers”
JTS Irvine, S Tao,
Advanced Materials, 2006, 18, 1581-1584.

9. “Disruption of extended defects in solid oxide fuel cell anodes for methane oxidation”
JC Ruiz-Morales, J Canales- Vázquez, C Savaniu, D Marrero-Lopez, Wuzong Zhou and JTS Irvine,
Nature, 2006, 439, 568-571.

10. “Formation, Structure, and Stability of Titanate Nanotubes and Their Proton Conductivity”
A Thorne, A Kruth, D Tunstall, JTS Irvine and W Zhou,
J. Phys. Chem. B., 2005, 109, 5439-5444.