PhD Student, 2014 – Present
Robert graduated from Keele University in 2014 with a first class BSc (Hons) Degree in Chemistry with Geology. After completing a RSC Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund Summer Research Project (photoswitchable chemical sensors, supervised by Dr Aleks Radu) in 2013 and a final year research project on solid oxide fuel cells (strontium manganites as solid oxide fuel cell anode materials: synthesis, characterisation and testing, supervised by Dr Richard Darton, Dr John Staniforth and Prof. Mark Ormerod), Robert decided to pursue a career in chemical research by studying for a PhD. He joined the research group of Prof. John Irvine in August 2014 and began work on a PhD project entitled: novel oxide anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (in conjunction with the Swiss fuel cell manufacturer: Hexis AG). He is working on optimisation of anode materials to create a sulphur tolerant, coking resistant, redox stable and catalytically active anode material for the reformation of natural gas and electrocatalysis of hydrogen oxidation for the purpose of efficient electricity and heat generation in micro combined heat and power units.