The Applied Materials Chemistry Group of the RSC funded the 2019 iteration of the Electrochemistry Northwest meeting, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. The meeting was traditionally shared between electrochemistry groups within the northwest, with colleagues from Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester taking turns to host the event. Unfortunately in the past few years the event had fallen by the wayside, which was a shame for the northwest community, especially for the early career researchers and PhD researchers that it hosts.

This year the event was given new life thanks to the Applied Materials Chemistry Group, with some additional funding from the Northwest Analytical Division. The event was held on Thursday, 4th July 2019 in the John Dalton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University. The JDB is home to the university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and several of the university’s centres for research and knowledge exchange, including the Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering research centre operate from within. The JDB is also home to the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre and PrintCity, two specialist research centres for the hydrogen economy, additive manufacturing, and digital skills (Industry 4.0).

The event was attended by around 60 delegates from across the northwest, and some from Sheffield too. 18 early career and PhD researchers presented their posters in between two talk sessions: one for early career researchers and the other for PhD researchers.

In the morning session, Hany El-Shinawi from the Corr research group (Sheffield) gave a talk on his research on solid state electrolytes for applications within lithium-ion batteries. The plenary talk, which had to be drafted in last minute to replace another speaker, gave insights into garnet materials and their ability to transport lithium ions but not conduct electrical current, which gives rise to longer cycling lifetimes to circumvent longevity issues for larger batteries.

Following the plenary were three talks from the University of Manchester. First, Balakrishna Ananthoju discussed defect-engineered graphene, much in keeping with UoM’s graphene research, while Conor Byrne gave a talk on in-operando electrochemical XPS, a technique that may revolutionise mechanistic information in electrochemical reactions. The second graphene talk of the day also came from UoM, this time Madhumita Sahoo discussed its use in PEM fuel cells. Finally, Tom Galloway from Liverpool University spoke of single crystal electrochemistry using the SHIN technique.

Lunch was served during the poster session, which was judged by Metrohm and Alvatek, both of whom also provide prizes for the best talks and posters.

The afternoon begun with Professor Craig Banks from Manchester Metropolitan University giving a talk on his journey as an electrochemist, from developing screen-printed electrodes through to the 3D printed electrodes he engineers within his research group today. Craig’s talk provided inspiration to our early careers and PhD researchers alike, and his take home message was quite profound in the discussion when he advised young researchers to “never believe what you read in the literature”. His point of view I’m sure will resonate with some.

Three further talks were delivered in the afternoon: Two from the University of Manchester, and one from Lancaster University to close the day. Aranzazu Carmona Orbezo (UoM) delivered her talk on capacitative deionization, a talk that won her the PhD researcher talk prize presented by Alvatek and also free entry to this year’s national electrochemistry conference in Glasgow. Aranzazu will also be given a talk slot at the national conference.

Another UoM PhD researcher, Pawin Iamprasertkun, then discussed the capacitance of the graphite/electrolyte interface, which made for interesting listening since MMU also have a vested interest in this area of research! Finally, Dhruv Trivedi closed the day with his engaging talk on the electrochemical reduction of CO2 – a field of research that is increasing in its impact and interest and something that could help mitigate climate change in the future.

In summary, the event felt like a major success both in terms of attendance and in terms of the wide range of discussion that took place around the electrochemistry of many different materials that can be applied to our everyday lives. From lithium ion conducting garnets for energy storage, through to 3D printed plastics for electrochemical sensors, electrolysers and batteries. From defect-engineered graphene through to single crystal metals, there was a large array of applied materials chemistry on show at this event, and some of the event feedback showed a positive reflection on the day as a whole.


Edward Randviir


With many thanks to our sponsors:

Applied Materials Chemistry Group

Northwest Analytical Division



A conference on Antibacterial Metals in Healthcare Science is being held at the University of Wolverhampton on 15 April 2019.

Details are below:


Royal Society of Chemistry Anti-Bacterial Metals Meeting


Monday 15th April 2019


University of Wolverhampton, City Campus


Organizers:  Prof Gary Hix (HOS), Prof Iza Radecka and Prof Craig Williams


Cost: £80 RSC members and £100 non-members


Venue: University of Wolverhampton, City Campus

Chancellors Hall:  Registration, Tea/Coffee, Posters and Lunch

MA030: All Lectures


P r o g r a m m e 


9:30 - 10:30am                Registration & Refreshments (Chancellors Hall)

10:30 - 10:40am               Welcome by Prof Nazira Karodia (Dean of Faculty of Science & Engineering)

10:40 - 11:20am               Professor Paul-Alain Jaffrès, University of Brest

11:20 - 11:50am               Dr Tim Douglas, University of Lancaster

11:50 - 12:20pm               Dr Barbara Mendrek, Polish Academy of Science

12:20 - 12:50pm               Professor Oliver Pearce, Milton Keynes University Hospital

12:50 - 2:00pm                 Lunch and Posters (Chancellors Hall)

2:00 - 2:30pm                   Dr Slawomir Sulowicz, University of Silesia

2:30 - 3:00pm                   Dr David Tetard, University of Northumbria

3:00 - 3:30pm                   Dr Olga Efremova, University of Hull

3:30 - 4:00pm                   Mr Abhishek Gupta, University of Wolverhampton

4:00 - 4:30pm                   Tea / Coffee Networking (Chancellors Hall)

4:30pm                                 Closing Remarks


You can register for this meeting via the link:


The next MPE event is entitled 'Materials Protecting People', and full details can be found here.

Antibacterial Metals in Healthcare Science

15 April 2019 09:30-16:30, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

This Meeting will be held on the 15/4/18 at the University of Wolverhampton. Registration includes Coffee/Tea on arrival, a buffet lunch and Tea/Coffee at the end.  Guest speakers include: Timothy Douglas (University of Lancaster), Paul-Alain Jaffres (University of Brest), Sławomir Sułowicz (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland).  Cost are £80 for RSC members and £100 for non members. Any accepted speakers will have their registration costs covered by the RSC.  There are some PhD student bursaries available for poster presentations which will cover all costs.  Students are advised to contact Prof Craig Williams
We are now looking for speaker & poster contributions.  If you wish to register for this meeting and/or submit a talk or poster please contact Prof Craig Williams, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Wolverhampton. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Deadlines for poster contributions are15/3/18


Materials Protecting the Environment (MPE) Event: London, 21 February 2018.


A report on this meeting can be found here.