This research area focuses on the study of chemical phenomena associated with charge transfer, charge separation and electrochemical reactions at interfaces.
The study of chemical phenomena associated with electron and associated ion/charge transfer and charge separation at interfaces. This research area includes electron transfer theory, control and elucidation of electrochemical reaction rates and mechanisms, electrical-to-chemical energy or signal interconversion, and study of the role of electronic structure and electron transfer in advanced materials. It also includes the development of novel electrodes and electrolytes with enhanced performance
We aim to support the community to realise the potential of electrochemical sciences to generate real-world breakthroughs and benefits in sectors ranging from healthcare to energy.
We will support research investments focused on:
- creating strong pathways to impact from high-quality fundamental research
- fostering vital development of researchers at the early-career stage.
We aim to consolidate previous investments within the highest quality research environments and focus the portfolio on fundamental research oriented towards:
- informing the next stage of development in relevant application areas
- providing understanding to underpin the tackling of key societal challenges.
For example, research may include:
- electrochemistry for analytical sensor technologies used in healthcare applications
- underpinning advances in clean energy and routes to sustainable chemical technologies
- providing fundamental electrochemical understanding for advances in electronics
- research into electrochemical processes for water treatment or purification.
We will maintain support for research focused on large and mid-scale energy storage and battery applications, and on the underpinning of novel materials development for fuel cell technology, in line with EPSRC’s Energy theme strategy for these areas.
Crucially, we will facilitate development at the early career stage to ensure pull-through from increased investment in training, to develop future leaders and secure the future supply of UK electrochemical sciences researchers.
We expect to see early career researchers being fully supported in the highest quality research environments, to safeguard future capability.