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Qualifications

Ph.D Heterogeneous Catalysis and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (Keele University, 2010)
B.Sc Chemistry with Mathematics (Keele University, 2006)

About

I was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of South Wales (USW) in June 2013. Previously I did postdoctoral research at USW in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and gas purification processes. My first degree, BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Mathematics, was from Keele University (2006), and my PhD, on the utilisation of biogas in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), was obtained in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. R. Mark Ormerod.

Responsibilities

I teach on various degree programmes including BSc Chemistry and MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management. The modules I teach on include:

Year 2
PH2S08 – Analytical Chemistry

Year 3
PH3S21 – Advanced Physical Chemistry
PH3S12 – Advanced Analytical Chemistry
PH3D03 – Professional Practice, Employability and Research Project for Chemists

Year 4
RE4S007 – Advanced Materials for Energy Applications
RE4S001 – Hydrogen – Fuel Vector for the Future
RE4S002 – Renewable Energy I – Hydro, Tidal Wave and Bioenergy
RE4S004 – Solid Resource Management

Publications

Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials
Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod
Dalton Transactions, 2011, 40, 5494-5504.

Persistent species formed during the carbon dioxide reforming of methane over a nickel–alumina catalyst
Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, John Z. Staniforth, Christian J. Laycock, Stewart F. Parker, R. Mark Ormerod and David Lennon
Catalysis Today, 2010, 155 (3-4), 319-325.

Quantification of surface species present on a nickel/alumina methane reforming catalyst
Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth, R. Mark Ormerod, Christopher D. Frost, Stewart F. Parker and David Lennon
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010, 12, 3102-3107.

Improving the sulphur tolerance of nickel catalysts for running solid oxide fuel cells on waste biogas
Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod
Electrochemical Society Transactions, 2008, 16 (50), 177-188.

Memberships

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Research

My fuel cell research focuses on the performance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) running on renewably produced biohydrogen and biogas. SOFCs are a type of high temperature fuel cell which are able to produce electrical and heat energy for stationary applications with combined electrical and thermal efficiencies of up to 90%. The high operating temperatures (500-1000°C) and oxygen ion conducting electrolyte enable the utilisation of practical fuels including natural gas, as well as renewable fuels such as biogas and clean fuels like hydrogen. The utilisation of biogas and biohydrogen in SOFCs is potentially an efficient waste-to-energy route. However, due to the complexity and the relatively high carbon and sulphur content of these fuels, there are considerable technical challenges relating to the development of SOFC electrode materials. These challenges have significant implications for the overall power density and operational lifetime of SOFCs and therefore, the aims of my research are to investigate and alleviate the effects of fuel variability and gaseous impurities on the performance of conventional and novel SOFCs.

In addition to my fuel cell research, I am developing a process in which a silica-based desiccant is produced from a low quality stream of waste glass. This form of waste glass arises in significant quantities through commercial glass sorting processes and is unsuitable for use in conventional re-melt applications. The process we have developed provides an opportunity to utilise this glass as a feedstock in the manufacture of a catalytically active material which potentially has widespread applications in the silica gel desiccant market. Such drying agents have increasing importance in the purification and utilisation of industrial and waste gas streams in emerging green technologies such as fuel cells and energy storage materials.

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